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

Burning Love Screenplay Contest

Got a great story that would make Edgar Allan Poe smile, cry, laugh or shake in his boots?  Submit it to

Winners in the feature, shorts, and teleplay categories will be our special guests at the celebrated 2020 Poe Film Festival, to be held at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, on November 13-15.

The contest, now in its fifth year, opens on Poe’s birthday, January 19.  Good luck to our amazing writers!

Pro Film Awards

The Poe Film Festival is a three-day celebration of cinema, featuring creative young filmmakers and talented industry professionals, culminating in a red carpet awards ceremony. Our Official Selection professional films will be screened at state-of-the-art theaters on the VCU Campus.

So submit your film today at and get ready for an amazing festival. What could be more fun than a late autumn weekend in the most hauntingly intriguing city in America?

Poe Film Festival is a hell of a fest and weekend.   

— Paul von Stoetzel, director (MN), The Conqueror Worm, 

2019 winner for Best Adapted Film