The Poe Film Festival is not currently accepting pitches or scripts other than through the contest format.

Our Mission

The Poe Film Festival is organized and operated exclusively for Literary and Educational purposes associated with the instruction, financial support, and promotion of Virginia regional narrative and documentary film works based upon the structural style of Edgar Allan Poe, and the public display of such works to a community audience.

The Poe Method

We believe that Edgar Allan Poe's story structure, based upon his "Principles of Composition," works perfectly for movie stories. Our judges look for Poe's touch in film submissions -- growing intensity, brevity in scenes and dialogue, and "unity of effect" upon the audience.

Submit your film

Submissions for the Pro Film Awards competition opened on FilmFreeway and Withoutabox with our regular deadline in June 2019. Click on our "Festival Info" page for details and updates.

Past Winners

The Poe Film Festival announces winners of the 2018 Pro Film Awards and its College Film Award winners for Technical Merit, Artistic Merit, Best Documentary, Best Screenplay and Grand Prize film. Click on our "Past Winners" page for more information.

Latest News


Gosh, Our Theater Specs!

Our 2019 filmmakers will be treated to state-of-the-art screening facilities at the Robertson Theater at VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art.  Your film will never look and sound as amazing. From the 14-foot by 28-foot screen, Read more…


Nominate a Creative Genius!

Poe Film Festival Pro Film Awards seeks nominations for its 2019 Director’s Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in creative arts in Virginia. Nominees could excel in cinema, music, entertainment, writing or art. The award will Read more…


Hey Screenwriters, Check This Out

Time to write!  The prestigious “Burning Love Screenplay Contest” opened on March 1, with a unique opportunity for screenwriters. If your script is 10 pages or less, it qualifies for film production with your express Read more…