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

Thirtieth and final article in a series from our visits to colleges and universities that are invited to participate in the 2018 College Film Awards.

Virginia Beach, Lynchburg, Winchester, Hampton, Petersburg, Roanoke, Williamsburg, Staunton, Harrisonburg, Ashland, Newport News, College Park, Blacksburg — the Poe Film Festival fleet has logged more than a thousand miles in our quest to visit colleges and universities with talented film students.

Our quest ended at the Hilltop last week. Why not?

Georgetown University, along the Potomac River in NW Washington, is one of the country’s premier institutions of higher learning. Steeped in Jesuit tradition, students at Georgetown (known as “Hoyas”) are taught to impact the world through service to others less fortunate. As a result, the world and its cultures have beaten a path to the Hilltop. Of all of our invited colleges, Georgetown is surely the most international in diversity and spirit.

We were humbled to be invited to meet GU’s Film and Media Studies Director Sky Sitney at her offices in New South Building. We shared our Georgetown experiences: she oversees a coterie of young film aficionados anxious to spread their stories to the world on film and I related my years of watching my daughter grow as a Hoya.

Professor Sitney along with media technologist Melissa Bruno informed us that Georgetown students are actively producing short films and documentaries and that many of these films are developed as class projects. We note with interest that Professor Sitney teaches a course on documentary filmmaking with themes reflecting the school’s mission for social justice.

Perhaps Georgetown students, through the school or on their own, will submit their narrative shorts and documentaries on our website after April 1 (for free). Welcome to our 2018 College Film Awards competition. Hoya Saxa!

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