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 College Film Awards competition are open only through this website. Click on the College/High School Events page for more information. And don't forget to include a completed submission form with your film. As always, college submissions are FREE.

Past Winners

The Poe Film Festival announces winners of the 2018 Pro Film Awards and its College Film Award winners for Technical Merit, Artistic Merit, Best Documentary, Best Screenplay and Grand Prize film. Click on our "Past Winners" page for more information.

Latest News


Burning Love Semifinalists

The Poe Film Festival is proud to announce the following semifinalist scripts and writers of our 2019 Burning Love Screenplay Contest: 1994 by Daniel Stephenson And They Shall Handle Serpents by Jason Tostevin Artwork Title Read more…


Pro Film Awards Honoree

Poe Film Festival Pro Film Awards proudly announces its selection for the 2019 Director’s Award, honoring outstanding achievement in the creative arts in Virginia. This year’s honoree is Richmond muralist and sculptor Mickael Broth. The Read more…