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

Submissions Open for 2019 Professional Filmmaker Awards Event!

Visit the Poe Film Festival page on Film Freeway or Withoutabox using your film submission accounts on those sites and join in the fun.  Earlybird rates apply until February 3, 2019.  Our regular deadline is June 14, 2019, and our late deadline is  July 8, 2019.  You will be notified on or before September 15 if your feature or short film is an Official Selection for our November weekend screenings in Richmond.

Features should run between 20 minutes and 120 minutes.  Shorts should be less than 20 minutes.  Documentaries should be less than 50 minutes.  Brevity is often rewarded in film festivals.  If your work is adapted from other sources, be sure the work is either in the public domain or warrant to us that you have rights to adapt from the owner.

Our judges are filmmaking professionals and Poe literary experts.  We are looking for quality of production because we are displaying your film on a large screen with up-to-date projection in front of a live audience.  More importantly, we are looking for quality of story and how well you convey that story through structure and artistic direction.

We strongly encourage you to develop marketing materials for your film and invite you to network with your fellow filmmakers at our festival venues.  What could be more fun than an autumn weekend in America’s most intriguing city?

The Poe Film Festival was a fantastic experience.  Everything is done professionally.  From the first night, with a welcoming and screening at the Poe Museum, to the last night, with a first class professional presentation of your movie at a good theater in town, this festival is not to be missed!

— Dennis Pahl, producer (NY), The Museum of Lost Things,

2018 winner for Best Adapted Short Film

 The Poe Film Festival was very well organized and the perfect venue to showcase my first short film.  It was great to be a part of such a diverse and talented community of filmmakers.

— Justin Dent, director (DC), Art Heals,

2018 winner for Best Documentary

Poe Film Festival is a place that reminded me of when I started making short films of my own in college. Seeing a festival like this that gives students the opportunity to showcase their work and network with professionals in the industry is what will accelerate this newer festival into something much bigger for new and upcoming independent filmmakers. 

— David Fritzson, director (VA), Wireless, 

2018 winner for Best Original Short Film