The Baltimore Film Office at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, in conjunction with Morgan State University’s Film and Television Writing Program, and Johns Hopkins’ Film and Media Studies Program are searching for aspiring film writers for the fifth annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition. The competition is designed to create awareness of screenplays as a literary art form and to encourage new screenwriters into the entertainment industry. Applicants have the opportunity to win prizes including cash and all access passes to the Maryland Film Festival. Early submission begins Oct. 1-Nov. 30 with a $35 application fee. The final deadline is Jan. 29 with a $50 application fee.
Interested writers can submit applications and original feature length screenplays that must be set in or can be filmed in Baltimore. Materials can be mailed or delivered to the Baltimore Film Office, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, 7 East Redwood St., Suite 500, Baltimore, Md. 21202. The Baltimore Screenwriting Competition is a project of Mayor Sheila Dixon and the Baltimore Film Office at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and sponsored by Municipal Employees Credit Union of Baltimore (MECU), Maryland Film Festival, NEXTCAR and Visit Baltimore.
All eligible scripts will receive coverage by local screenwriters. Additionally, film industry professionals will judge final scripts. Participating judges will be announced at a later date. Competition winners will be announced during the Maryland Film Festival on May 6-9.