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

Submissions are closed for the 2019 Pro Film Awards competition.  Twenty-five Official Selection Films have been chosen for theatre screenings at the festival.

Our finalist judges are now determining winners in five categories.
They are filmmaking professionals and Poe literary experts.  We are looking for quality of production because we are displaying your film on a large screen with up-to-date projection in front of a live audience.  More importantly, we hope all of our Official Selection filmmakers can join us and network at our October 26-27 event.

We strongly encourage you to develop marketing materials for your film and invite you to network with your fellow filmmakers at our festival venues.  Our professional films will be screened at the stunning Institute for Contemporary Art on the VCU campus, in a theater with state-of-the-art projection and audio facilities.  Your film will never look and sound as fantastic!

What could be more fun than an autumn weekend in America’s most intriguing city?

The Poe Film Festival was a fantastic experience.  Everything is done professionally.  From the first night, with a welcoming and screening at the Poe Museum, to the last night, with a first class professional presentation of your movie at a good theater in town, this festival is not to be missed!

— Dennis Pahl, producer (NY), The Museum of Lost Things,

2018 winner for Best Adapted Short Film

 The Poe Film Festival was very well organized and the perfect venue to showcase my first short film.  It was great to be a part of such a diverse and talented community of filmmakers.

— Justin Dent, director (DC), Art Heals,

2018 winner for Best Documentary

Poe Film Festival is a place that reminded me of when I started making short films of my own in college. Seeing a festival like this that gives students the opportunity to showcase their work and network with professionals in the industry is what will accelerate this newer festival into something much bigger for new and upcoming independent filmmakers. 

— David Fritzson, director (VA), Wireless, 

2018 winner for Best Original Short Film