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, financial support, and promotion of Virginia regional narrative and documentary 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

Submissions for the 2020 Poe Film Festival Pro Film Awards are OPEN. Submit your original, adapted or documentary film through Regular deadline is June 14! Our Burning Love Screenplay Contest is now open at https://www.Film

Attention Student Filmmakers

The Poe Film Festival is pleased to announce that submissions for our College filmmakers are now open. Please click on the "College/High School Events" page and follow the instructions. All student films can be submitted for FREE through this website only. Be sure to include a filled-out Film Submission form. Good luck!

Latest News


Hey, We’re Number 32!

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2020 Just Got a Whole Lot Better

We want to do something special for our Class of 2020 filmmakers. So we’re teaming up with a top-flight production company to offer our 2020 Official Selection filmmakers the path to national distribution. With your Read more…


Keeping an Eye on COVID-19

Like many other film festivals, we at Poe are following the rise of coronavirus infections closely. The 2020 Poe Film Festival has pushed back its dates deeper into November. With the help of our good Read more…