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

2017 Film Festival Poster

College Film Awards are Now Open for Submissions!

Film students from 30 invited colleges and universities in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia, will compete for top prizes at the College Film Awards, hosted by Poe Film Festival in Richmond on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

Regent University will defend its 2017 Top Film School title in this unique ten-hour event, which features the best student narrative and documentary short films, networking with professionals, a job fair with companies looking for creative talent, panel discussions, and a red carpet awards ceremony.

Submissions are free — and are now open on this webpage.

Final deadline for submissions online is Saturday, September 15, 2018, after which judging will begin.  Submissions must be accompanied by a completed submission form, which can be found below.

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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:

Submissions are open on our website from Sunday, April 1, 2018, to our FINAL DEADLINE for receipt of all film submissions on Saturday, September 15, 2018. We will accept updated versions of submitted films only prior to the final deadline.


Each submission must be accompanied by a completed film submission form:

2018 College Film Submission Form
(Complete for each submission)

Name of college: ___________________________________________
Contact person name: _______________________________________
Conact person email: _______________________________________
Title of film: _______________________________________________
Genre: ____________________________________________________
Logline: ________________________________________________________
Is this film a documentary? Yes ____ No ____
Running Time: _______________ minutes
Year of Production: ________________________________________
Name of student director: _________________________________
Director’s email address: __________________________________
Name(s) of filmmakers who will attend and introduce the film: _____________________________________________________
By signing below, I certify that this film is an original work of art and does not include protected or copyrighted material, and give consent to Poe Film Festival to exhibit this film at the Grace Street Theater in October 2018.

________________________________ _ _______________________
Owner of film Date