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

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

One of the fun aspects of this job is talking with college film students, meeting them on their campus, getting to know how they think and how they want to put their stories on film. Actually that’s four fun aspects.

So it was a good day last week when the Poe Film Festival visited Randolph-Macon College in Ashland and its film production class at McGraw Library. And thank you Mr. Ted Salins for allowing us a few minutes of your class time.

R-MC film students (36 of them) produce high quality narrative shorts and, if film studies director Dr. Mine Eren, gets her wish, will soon work on similar quality documentary films. For a relatively small school, R-MC has big plans.

“We want to establish a film major at Randolph-Macon,” Dr. Eren told us last week. She said the college wants to continue its interdisciplinary approach to film studies, including multi-cultural filmmaking inspired by Chinese, German and Turkish cinema studies. At the same time, she said, the college wants to offer a film minor to students of all interests. One current film minor student majors in bio-chem.

The story is key for our competition, and we have no doubt that Randolph-Macon students have stories to tell on film. So we welcome them to the 2018 College Film Awards. Go Yellow-Jackets!

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