Calling all screenwriters! The Baltimore Film Office at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is now accepting entries for the 13th annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition. Applicants can submit screenplays in the feature or shorts categories. The top entries in both categories win cash prizes, and feature winners also receive all access passes to the 2018 Maryland Film Festival and passes to local movie theaters. The deadline for submissions is now Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by 5pm. The application and guidelines are available online at www.baltimorefilm.com.
The Baltimore Screenwriters Competition is a project of the Baltimore Film Office at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, in conjunction with film programs at Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University. Funding is provided by The Arts Insurance Program, a division of Maury, Donnelly and Parr. Additional support is courtesy of the Maryland Film Festival, NEXTCAR and Visit Baltimore.
The Baltimore Screenwriters Competition is open to all screenwriters. Submitted scripts receive coverage from students in the Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University screenwriting programs and by local screenwriters and producers. The final screenplays are judged by film industry professionals including writer Norman Steinberg (“Blazing Saddles,” “My Favorite Year”), producer Nina Noble (“The Deuce,” “Treme,” “The Wire”), producer and studio executive Larry Kostroff (“The Gumshoe Kid,” “When A Stranger Calls”) and actor, writer and director, Roger Guenvere Smith. Winners of the competition are announced during the 2018 Maryland Film Festival on Saturday, May 5, 2018.
In the feature category, the first place winner receives $1,500, an all access pass to the 2017 Maryland Film Festival, a Weekend in Baltimore Package, a rental car for the weekend and passes to area movie theaters. The second place winner receives $750, an all access pass to the festival and movie passes. The third place winner receives$350, an all access pass to the festival and movie passes. In the shorts category, winners will receive cash prizes.
The Baltimore Film Office is a division of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.