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

Tenth in a series of articles from our visits to colleges and universities that are invited to participate in the 2018 College Film Awards.

Today we visit the oldest college in Virginia — the College of William and Mary. Founded in 1693, this institution of classical learning considers itself a “public Ivy” due to its stellar academic reputation. One can almost imagine Edgar Allan Poe lurking about the hallowed halls and serpentine paths.

But the cinema program? You have to traverse a long hallway in a building off Jamestown Road, to a doorway on the edge of a past century or two. Could easily be part of Williamsburg’s famous ghost tour.

W&M does offer a major in Film and Media Studies (or FMST – not sure what the T stands for). And the College boasts many famous alums in stage, screen and television – Jon Stewart among them. So we surmise that a lot of magic happens behind that distant door, down the long hallway, on the edge of a past century.

Anyway, we touched the door lightly, left some literature, recited an incantation from a Tribe of students long ago — all in hopes that our information filters to W&M’s talented film students.

Perhaps they will submit their finest narrative and documentary shorts to the 2018 College Film Awards and bring home our Grand Prize trophy to dear old William and Mary. Go Tribe!

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