POSTED December 18, 2020  --  UPDATED 1/11/2021

The Bethesda Film Fest is accepting submissions for the 9th annual festival in April 2021

Short (5-30 minute) documentary films by filmmakers from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. will be considered. Films must have been completed within the last two years. All topics are eligible. A film by a young filmmaker, under age 18, may also be chosen.

The 2021 festival will be completely virtual, there will not be an in-person screening. Films selected for the festival will be made available to virtual attendees ahead of the filmmaker Q&A discussion on April 16, 2021.

Selected Films: Selected filmmakers will receive a $1,000 honorarium. Young filmmakers will receive a $250 honorarium.

Virtual Festival Date: Friday, April 16, 2021

Selected filmmakers are required to attend the virtual Q&A discussion on April 16.

Submission Deadline: Friday, January 29, 2021

POSTED October 28, 2020  --  UPDATED 1/11/2021


The Baltimore Film Office at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is accepting entries for the 16th annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition. All screenwriters are encouraged to apply for this opportunity to craft a winning screenplay highlighting Baltimore. Screenplays may be submitted in both the feature and short categories, and scripts must be set in or able to be filmed in Baltimore. The Baltimore Screenwriters Competition is a project of the Baltimore Film Office in conjunction with film programs at Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University.

The deadline for submissions is January 27, 2021 by 5pm.  --  DEADLINE EXTENDED

The application and full guidelines are available online at www.baltimorefilm.com.

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 industry professionals in film and television, including producers and writers working on projects for HBO, NBC and others. The top entries in each category will win cash prizes and are scheduled to be announced during the 2021 Maryland Film Festival in May 2021.

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