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

Our Mission

The Poe Film Festival is organized and operated exclusively for Literary and Educational purposes associated with the instruction and development of literary and film works based upon the structural style of Edgar Allan Poe and the public display of such works to a community audience.

The Poe Method

We believe that Edgar Allan Poe's story structure, based upon his "Principles of Composition," works perfectly for movie stories. Our judges look for Poe's touch in film submissions -- growing intensity, brevity in scenes and dialogue, and "unity of effect" upon the audience.

Submit your film

Final deadline for college and young filmmaker submissions online is Saturday, September 15, 2018. Our professional filmmakers must submit through Film Freeway or Withoutabox. Click on our "Festival Info" page
for more details and updates.

Past Winners

The Poe Film Festival proudly announces outstanding winners of the 2017 College Film Awards for Technical Merit, Artistic Merit, Best Screenplay, and Grand Prize for Best Film. Regent University captured the top prize.

Film Awards are Now Open for Submissions!

We salute our college and independent filmmakers who are inspired by the intensity and suspense of the master storyteller, Edgar Allan Poe. More than thirty mid-Atlantic universities are invited to compete for awards in technical merit, artistic merit, best documentary and best screenplay.  Our pros compete for best feature, best short, and best documentary.

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Latest News


Our Pro Competition Now Open!

Log into Film Freeway and search “Poe Film Festival” to discover our new 2018 Pro Filmmaker Competition. Completely separate from our College Film Awards submissions (which can only be made through the Poe Film Festival Read more…