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


at VCU Commons Theater, 907 Floyd Avenue, Richmond

7 pm Doors open

7:20 pm Welcome

7:30 pm Opening Night Film, “Get Out,” by Jordan Peele, followed by panel discussion of the movie’s structure and themes


at the Institute for Contemporary Art, 601 W. Broad St., Richmond

9:30 am Doors open

9:45 am to noon Virginia High School Filmmakers Showcase (free)

1 pm to 5:30 pm College Film Awards screenings (free), followed by red carpet awards ceremony

6 to 7 pm Filmmakers reception (lobby)

6:30 pm Registration for Professional Filmmakers

7 pm to 9 pm Pro Film screenings, starting with theatrical premiere of “A Dream Within a Dream” music video by Nashville songwriter Tristen. Also, presentation of 2019 Director’s Award for outstanding creative artistic achievement in Virginia. (free)


at the Institute for Contemporary Art, 601 W. Broad St., Richmond

1 pm Doors open and Registration

1:30 pm Pro Film screenings (free)

5:30 pm Red Carpet Awards ceremony.

6 pm End of Festival


 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