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

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Poe Film Festival FREE Screening!

Our closing event is our Sunday program of professional short films.  And admission is FREE.

Join us at the historic Grace Street Theater, 934 West Grace Street, Richmond, on Sunday, October 21, to celebrate the Halloween season with amazing contemporary adaptations of “The Tell-Tale Heart,” Hawthorne’s Gothic masterpiece “The House of the Seven Gables,” and our world-premiere from Irish director Damian Draven of Poe’s famous poem, “The Raven.”

Sprinkle in gems from a UCLA filmmaker star, an award-winning director from northern Virginia, and a few edgy New York City films, and you have an autumn afternoon with a little kick.

Program information can be found at our Latest News tab.

See you at the Grace Street Theater!

College Official Selections Announced

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

Congratulations to our creative filmmakers and their eleven university film programs.  Outstanding work!  We are so delighted to show these narrative and documentary masterpieces at the College Film Awards event, at the Grace Street Theater, on Saturday, October 20.  Reduced price tickets are available on or after October 1 at  Search for Poe Film Festival.


High School Showcase

Poe Film Festival is proud to host 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 will present their creative short films to a live audience from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.

Registration for our young filmmakers will begin at the Globe Building, 830 W. Grace Street, first floor, (one block east of the theater) at 9 am.

The program is FREE and open to the public.  Street parking is available, but a better option is the parking garage behind the Grace Street Theater (entrance off N. Harrison Street).

College Filmmakers

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.  Registration will be held at the Globe Building, 830 W. Grace Street, from 9 am to noon.  Networking, screenwriting seminar, reception and job fair will take place at the Globe Building from 9:30 am to noon.  

Screenings will begin at the Grace Street Theater, one block west, at 934 W. Grace Street, at 1 pm.  Red carpet awards ceremony will take place at the Theater about 6 pm, followed by a wrap party/reception at the Globe Building about 7 pm.

Regent University will defend its 2017 Top Film School title in this unique five-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 more!




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.