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

Nineteenth in a series of articles from our visits to colleges and universities that are invited to participate in the 2018 College Film Awards.

No Fluff. All Stuff. We love the nuts and bolts approach to student filmmaking at the Art Institute of Washington.

Our visit to the AIW film production class of Professor Paul Awad last week confirmed our belief that passion for storytelling thrives at this Arlington school. Students peppered us with questions about the story structure our judges look for in competition submissions and, as a reward, we shared some secrets about Poe’s style that may give them an edge in the 2018 College Film Awards.

AIW is in it to win it.

Coordinated by Professor Elvin Hernandez, last year’s AIW students scored three Official Selection films, including the technical merit winner, “Autumn’s Room,” by directors Patrick Ogden and Justin Coupe. Our audience also enjoyed screenings of AIW films, “Bar Quixote” by director Matthew Benedict and “Ghost Machines” by Paige Compton. Professor Hernandez assured us of more quality short films for our 2018 competition.

AIW’s media arts and animation department boasts of its film production studio with great audio facilities. And outside their door is a fantasy film setting, the Potomac River and Washington, DC. We can only imagine the wealth of stories and visuals these talented students will create.

We heartily welcome the fantastic storytellers of the Art Institute of Washington to the 2018 College Film Awards. Go AI!

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