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

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

We get it. Most of the film school educators are adjunct professors who are underpaid and overworked. Many don’t have the energy to respond to our emails. And maybe they don’t have time to say hello and take our visit. Film professors often have productions of their own and can’t be bothered to respond to film festival invitations.

That’s a pity — for their students.

If George Mason University film professors and staff — and yes we reached out to plenty of them in the past 16 months — took our call and visit in Fairfax yesterday, they would understand the value of our College Film Awards program for their cinema students.

They would have learned about our live screenings of student films before an audience of professionals, our plans for a Job Fair where film students can interview with creative agencies with a national scope, a chance to network with other college professors and filmmakers, exposure to the latest filmmaking equipment, educational panels on writing structure and acting, the pride of representing their college in our regional competition, scholarship money and grants. And all of this with a free submission to our contest.

Poe Film Festival is a non-profit corporation with a 501(c)(3) designation. We exist to promote young and up-and-coming independent filmmakers in Virginia. There is no downside to our college competition.

We encourage GMU students to submit their finest narrative and documentary films on our website starting on April 1, regardless of how busy your teachers are. Represent your well-respected school and bring home the grand prize in October. Go Patriots!

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