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

Submissions are now open for our

2021 College Film Awards!

For our college filmmakers, read the RULES below, and submit your film and a completed Submission Form to:

All submissions for college filmmakers are FREE through this website.

Final Deadline is Friday, October 8, 2021.

Film Submission Form
(Complete for each submission)

Name of college: ___________________________________________
Contact person info: _______________________________________
Title of film: ________________________________________________
Genre: _______________________________________________________
Logline: _____________________________________________________
Running Time: _______________ minutes
Year of Production: ________________________________________
Name of student director: _________________________________
Name(s) of filmmakers who will attend and introduce the film: _____________________________________________________
⎕ I certify that this film is an original work of art and does not include protected or copyrighted material, and give consent to Poe Film Festival to exhibit this film during the 2021 Poe Film Festival to a public audience.

_________________________________       DATE:_______________________
Owner of film

Poe Film Festival’s Film Submission Requirements

Each college or college student may submit an unlimited number of short films (narrative and/or documentaries) at no charge. Films may be of any genre, but with a running time of no more than twenty (20) minutes. Brevity is a virtue that is often rewarded.

Poe Film Festival reserves the right to limit, for judging purposes, the number of short films submitted by any one university or college (including students from such university or college) to the best four (4) films in Poe Film Festival’s sole discretion.

Films must be primarily productions of student filmmakers, although some professional assistance is permitted.

Film Specs: All films must be submitted via a Downloadable share link (ex. Dropbox, Googledrive). Please make sure your file is set to public or if private, we are still able to access and download. We do not accept physical files by mail or otherwise.

Digital uploads should be viewed in their entirety before submitting the application.

Vimeo Digital links can be sent to:

We will accept updated versions of submitted films only prior to the final deadline.

Congratulations to our

2019 College Award Winners:

Poe Storytelling Awakened Travis Maxwell VSU
Screenwriting Hello Mother, Hello Daughter Christopher Corl Regent
Lost Love Hello Mother, Hello Daughter Christopher Corl Regent
Loss of Sanity Art of Fugue Asher Caplan UVA
Journalism Stuck in Stone Kassidy Hammond VCU

2018 College Official Selections

Here are the Official Selections in the 2018 College Film Awards:

Against the Clock – Virginia Tech

An Untold Story – Georgetown University

Bardo’s Voice – Wilmington University

Beneath the Boards – Liberty University

Murder at the Theatre – Liberty University

Curse Worms – Mary Baldwin University

Last Call – Regent University

Mare – Regent University

Time of Ashes – Regent University – Technical Award Winner

Molasses – University of Virginia – *Grand Prize Winner

To Grow Wings – University of Virginia – Best Screenplay Winner

Pneuma – Virginia Tech – Artistic Merit Award

Suds and the City – Virginia Commonwealth University

The Golden Cage – James Madison University – Best Documentary Award

The Right Way – James Madison University

Midnight Daydream – Old Dominion University

Unik – Old Dominion University

Wake-Up Call – University of Richmond

High School Showcase

Poe Film Festival will proudly host its third annual High School Showcase screening event at VCU in 2021.  The location, date and time will be announced.  The Virginia High School League will again sponsor this event.

Talented young filmmakers from high schools throughout Virginia will present their creative short films to a live audience.