Regrettably, the Poe Film Festival is going on hiatus.
• Finding safe, available, and appropriate venues has become a challenge. Evidently, labor is an ongoing issue for these venues and dates are difficult to staff. Several have cancelled, declined, or are just staying dark.
• PFF leadership would rather solve these issues on a permanent basis than have poor quality showcases.
• PFF will seek alternatives for our artists, such as the Poe Museum 100-year celebration poetry review (January).
We were scheduled for October 22, 2022; however, we lost our venue two weeks ago. They no longer take outside events. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to reschedule when we resolve this ongoing issue.
Thank you for your understanding.

Steve Sinnenberg
Poe Film Festival

"Can't say enough good things about this growing festival. The communication was superb, the staff was all very friendly. The theater at the VCU was beautiful and top of the line, the sound and picture were perfect! Had a great time!" -- Michael Mizgalski and Charles Mitri (CA) -- 2019 winners of Best Original Film Award for "Table for Two."

"Hell of a fest and weekend." -- Paul Von Stoetzel (MN) -- 2019 winner of Best Adapted Film Award for "The Conqueror Worm"

America's greatest storyteller inspires a new generation of filmmakers, dedicated to bringing original stories and creative energy to the big screen. Don't let our name fool you; we want new films of any genre, original and adaptations! We celebrate Edgar Allan Poe's philosophy of intensity, passion, love, and suspense by honoring stories on film at the 2022 Poe Film Festival in his hometown of Richmond, VA, in October.

The Poe Film Festival is a three-day celebration of cinema and poetry, featuring creative young filmmakers and talented industry professionals, culminating in a red-carpet awards ceremony.

Submit your film today and circle your October calendar. What could be more fun than an autumn weekend in the most hauntingly intriguing city in America?

For the latest film festival news, including the first announcements of Official Selection Films, follow us on Twitter @PoeFilmFestival!

Best short, best student film, best documentary, best poem or music video each win a $500 cash prize and trophy.

All Official Selection filmmakers will receive two complimentary tickets to the renowned Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond. Plus, as our winners tell us, the most valuable prize is our Poe Film Festival laurels logo they include in their marketing packages.

This contest is open to anyone except all employees and immediate family members of Poe Film Festival, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, and Poe Film Festival Pro Film Awards (PFA).
Multiple entries are permissible, but require a separate entry form and entry fee for each submission. Following submission, no substitutions of new versions or revisions of any kind will be considered or accepted.
PFA retains rights to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted for promotional purposes of the festival.
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Poe Film Festival and PFA from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.
By submitting your film, you warrant that you are authorized to commit the film for screening to the public either live or prerecorded during the festival period, and understand and accept these requirements, rules and regulations.

Submission Requirements.
1. Upload an official poster, if available
2. Provide a synopsis and/or logline, and
3. Provide an accessible vimeo link or upload your film to FilmFreeway submission page.

We do not accept DVD, Blue Ray or DCP files. We accept all genres. If the film is in a language other than English, it must include subtitles in English.
After a film has been adjudged a semifinalist, the filmmaker will be notified. Semifinalist doesn’t mean that your film will be screened at the festival. It means that you are now eligible for the awards consideration and you can use the festival Laurels for your promotions.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
The judge scoresheet contains numbered scores for format, theme, characters, dialogue, pacing, level of intrigue, voice, and Poe-like originality, as well as brief comments as to what works and what doesn’t work in the story.
Finalists may submit to later contests with a completely different film. Non-finalists may resubmit their films to later contests without restriction.
Adaptations from other works are permissible if in the public domain and/or with the author’s legal written permission. Entrants alone are liable for any unauthorized use or adaptation of a copyrighted or protected work.
Collaborative work is eligible; the collaborators are responsible for the distribution of the contest prize(s).
Filmmakers under the age of 18 years must have parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate.
The work or submitted material must not be under a current option agreement, or may not have been previously sold or produced for profit.
Filmmaker understands and accepts without reservation that he/she is an independent contractor and that the contest administrators are not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments on prize money to any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal.
Filmmaker understands that it is his/her sole responsibility to register material with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or with the Writers Guild of America or the appropriate agency in his/her country to protect ownership interests in the film submitted.
You must retain at least one copy of the submitted material, and you understand that all material we receive cannot and will not be returned under any circumstances.
Required length of your work: Feature – (20 to 30 minutes running time), Shorts – (up to 20 minutes running time), and Documentaries - (up to 30 minutes running time). Entrants are encouraged to tighten up their work to meet these required lengths.
All entries must be received by the listed Final Deadline. We are not responsible for late, lost, unacceptably formatted, corrupt, or incorrect submissions. To assure proper handling of films and entry fees, writers are encouraged to submit through an account at this website.
During the contest period, contestants may submit their films to any other person, contest, producer, agent, publisher, and/or organization. Contestants retain all rights to their films. PFA will accept films produced on or after January 1, 2018, whether or not such films have been screened in any other venue.
By submitting to this contest, you warrant and guarantee that you are the sole originator of the idea and that you have the legal right to submit it for judging.
You understand that your film will be viewed by our employees and our judges for evaluation. You also understand that any one of these employees or judges may have been or may be exploring ideas similar to yours and you hereby waive any claim that Poe Film Festival, PFA, its employees or judges may have misappropriated any ideas or portions of your submission.
You also agree that, if your film is chosen as an Official Selection, your film will be exhibited to the public live and-or online during the 2021 Poe Film Festival Pro Film Awards event.
No agreement for compensation, other than prizes listed, has been implied.
PFA intends to disseminate the winning film titles, writers’ names, and loglines for film festival marketing purposes. PFA will not duplicate, broadcast or cause to be published any film to any third party other than to contest judges and festival audiences.
When your film, application, and payment have all been received, you will be notified by email. Please provide an appropriate email address. If your email address changes, it is your responsibility to let us know through the contact information at the Poe Film Festival website.
PFA has the right to add to the prizes at any time, without notice, and/or substitute prizes of equal or greater value.
PFA may develop a series or documentary style program based on the inner workings of the contest and the production resulting therefrom. PFA reserves the right to contact contestants with offers to participate in any such production. Contestants are under no obligation to participate therein.
Contest applicants must accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the judges.

Overall Rating
  • Chris Cole

    Absolutely fabulous experience. Brian and his team run a beautiful festival incorporating selections from film makers in many different stages of their craft, with a consistency of their awesome subgenre. They spared no expense in their screen selection and treated everyone with amazing hospitality. Ty PFF!

    December 2021
  • A HUGE thanks to Brian and the PFF crew for the opportunity to screen our film. Their perseverance to keep the fest going this year was truly appreciated. The communication and organization was wonderful. We look forward to being back next year!

    November 2021
  • James Kahn

    This was a great festival. The organizers were enthusiastic, the films were terrific, the communication was clear. they made me feel welcome and appreciated.

    November 2021
  • Brian and the Poe Posse were exceptional! The festival was run on a hybrid platform, run smoothly and professionally, and was fun to attend!! Quality all around!

    November 2021
  • bob finkelstein

    An enjoyable cross section of work that includes but reaches well beyond works directly inspired by Poe's writing. This year was also in a great venue that really suits a Poe-themed festival. It was a pleasure being part of it. From the first phone call about being accepted to the final email about what to expect during the live in person event, Brian and the festival were very communicative and made sure I was aware of what to expect so everything ran smoothly.

    November 2021