What We Do
Poe Films sponsors two screenplay contests in the Spring and Fall. We are seeking the finest screenplays of all genres, and dare you to stun us with your voice and keep us on the edge of our seats as Edgar Allan Poe thrilled readers in his time.
Poe Films celebrates the passion of writers in all genres, from thriller scripts to love stories. Edgar Allan Poe was an expert in both. In deference to America’s greatest poet and author, our competitions recognize and reward talented twenty-first century voices and to assist creative storytellers in their quest to obtain representation and produce their work.
The Poe Method
We believe that Edgar Allan Poe's story structure, based upon his "Principles of Composition," works perfectly for screenplays. Our judges look for Poe's touch in script submissions -- growing intensity, brevity in words and dialogue, and "unity of effect" upon the audience.
Win at Poe and languish nevermore! Our 2017 Poe Contest features winner, Bob Giordano of Nashville, TN, parlayed his grand prize script, “The Odds,” into a full-length film, produced within 12 months of his Poe Contest win. Our 2016 shorts winner, “I’ll Have Another” by Bill Brock, also was produced and has gathered honors at national film festivals.
Poe Films for top feature and short screenplays in the Edgar Allan Poe story structure style is now associated with the Poe Film Festival, held annually in Richmond, Virginia, in the late fall. We are seeking the finest scripts of all genres, and dare you to stun us with your voice and keep us on the edge of our seats as Poe thrilled readers in his time. We will invite our writing finalists to join us for networking, panel discussions and film screenings at the festival.