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

Join in our College Film Awards event on Saturday, October 26, following our High School Filmmakers Showcase, featuring the best of young filmmakers in Virginia.

More information about submissions, rules and programming is forthcoming.

2018 College Official Selections

With great excitement, Poe Film Festival is honored to announce the films and universities which have placed as Official Selections in the 2018 College Film Awards.

They are:

Against the Clock – Virginia Tech

An Untold Story – Georgetown University

Bardo’s Voice – Wilmington University

Beneath the Boards – Liberty University

Murder at the Theatre – Liberty University

Curse Worms – Mary Baldwin University

Last Call – Regent University

Mare – Regent University

Time of Ashes – Regent University

Molasses – University of Virginia

To Grow Wings – University of Virginia

Pneuma – Virginia Tech

Suds and the City – Virginia Commonwealth University

The Golden Cage – James Madison University

The Right Way – James Madison University

Midnight Daydream – Old Dominion University

Unik – Old Dominion University

Wake-Up Call – University of Richmond



High School Showcase

Poe Film Festival proudly hosted its first annual High School Showcase screening event at VCU’s Grace Street Theater, 934 W. Grace Street, Richmond, VA, on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

Talented young filmmakers from high schools throughout Virginia presented their creative short films to a live audience from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.




Poe Film Festival’s Film Submission Requirements

Each college or college student may submit an unlimited number of short films (narrative and/or documentaries) at no charge. Films may be of any genre, but with a running time of no more than twenty (20) minutes. Brevity is a virtue that is often rewarded.

Poe Film Festival reserves the right to limit, for judging purposes, the number of short films submitted by any one university or college (including students from such university or college) to the best four (4) films in Poe Film Festival’s sole discretion.

Films must be primarily productions of student filmmakers, although some professional assistance is permitted.

Film showings at the theater can accommodate 35 MM format. (Please inform us if you prefer this format, so we can make arrangements ahead of time.)

Film Specs: All films must be submitted via a Downloadable share link (ex. Dropbox, Googledrive). Please make sure your file is set to public or if private, we are still able to access and download. We do not accept physical files by mail or otherwise.

Digital uploads should be viewed in their entirety before submitting the application.

Vimeo Digital links can be sent to:

We will accept updated versions of submitted films only prior to the final deadline.