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

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

Does Howard University in Washington, DC, have a film program? Two words: Chadwick Boseman.

The star of “Black Panther,” the hottest movie on the planet, is a 2000 alumnus of Howard with a degree in directing and fine arts. So we went in search of the next Chadwick Boseman on the Howard campus this week.

Howard’s Department of Media, Journalism and Film is a crown jewel of the university’s strong academic curriculum. The film part of that department, overseen by award winning journalist and author Yanick Rice Lamb, emphasizes story and art in its film program — with intense courses in screenwriting, visual communication, multimedia audio production, and videography.

Our visit to this beautiful, historical campus made us wonder: why so few students? Holed away in the study halls of the library? Professor Lamb assured us that Howard University students were indeed engaged and active; unfortunately our visited coincided with spring break.

So we asked the good professor to pass along our best wishes for her students’ success in their film productions this spring, and asked her to encourage them to submit to the 2018 College Film Awards starting on April 1

We’re looking for the next movie superstar. (Did we mention Taraji P. Henson is an alum, too?) Go Bisons!

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