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

A Deadly Pandemic - A Leader in Denial - Join Us for a Scary Poe Story!

On Tuesday, October 13 at 7 pm Eastern, click HERE or at for a special presentation of the 2020 Poe Film Festival. Join us for the free film screening of "Masque of the Red Death," a short film by Don Tepper, Fairfax, VA. It's based on the 1842 story by Edgar Allan Poe. The film is followed by an all-star panel discussion with the director AND J. Gerald Kennedy, LSU, Poe story expert; Ron Smith, former Virginia Poet Laureate, and Annette Bedrossian, Poe filmmaker.

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 now CLOSED. We will reopen submissions after the film festival concludes in November. Then you may submit your original, adapted or documentary film through

Attention Student Filmmakers

The Poe Film Festival announces that submissions to this year's student film events will be added to films submitted in 2021. Due to school closings this year, students were unable to produce the number of quality films to support a separate student event in the 2020 festival. We look forward to an amazing collection of student films next year. As usual, all student films are submitted FREE.