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

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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.

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 for college students.

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 downloaded here: poefilmfestival_submission.

Digital links can be sent to: (See below for specs)

Independent Filmmakers 

America’s greatest storyteller inspires a new generation of filmmakers, dedicated to bringing original stories and creative energy to the big screen. We celebrate Edgar Allan Poe’s philosophy of intensity, passion, love, and suspense by honoring new stories on film at the 2018 Poe Film Festival in his hometown of Richmond, VA, in October.

Set on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, the Poe Festival is a weekend celebration of cinema, featuring creative young filmmakers and talented industry professionals, culminating in a red carpet awards ceremony. Besides, what could be more fun than an October weekend in the most hauntingly intriguing city in America?

Final deadline for submissions online is Monday, September 3, 2018.  Categories are feature, shorts and documentaries.  Submissions to our non-college filmmakers can be made only through Film Freeway and Withoutabox.  Please click on one of the icons below to check out our rules and submission requirements.

For our Independent Filmmakers, submissions may be made ONLY through Film Freeway and Withoutabox.


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.