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 Earlybird deadline is only weeks away! Our Burning Love Screenplay Contest will open on January 19 at Film Freeway.

Past Winners

The Poe Film Festival announces winners of the 2019 Pro Film Awards for Best Adapted Short, Best Adapted Film, Best Documentary, Best Original Short, Best Original Film, Best Screenplay, Best Short Screenplay, and Best Teleplay. Click on our "Past Winners" page for more information. Click on our College/High School page for College film winners.

Latest News


Dates Set for 2020 Festival

The Poe Film Festival directors are pleased to announce the following dates for the 2020 Poe Film Festival, to be held on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. Our opening film and discussion panel Read more…


Nominate a Creative Genius

Do you know an amazing artistic genius in Virginia? The Poe Film Festival Pro Film Awards wants you to nominate outstanding artists, performers, filmmakers and leaders in the creative arts in Virginia for its 2020 Read more…