The 17th Annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition Is Now Accepting Entries

The Baltimore Film Office at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is accepting  entries for the 17th annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition. 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. 

All screenwriters are encouraged to apply. Director of the Baltimore Film Office Debbie Donaldson  Dorsey emphasizes, “The Baltimore Screenwriters Competition nurtures all levels of writers and the  many wonderful Baltimore stories waiting to be told.” The application and full guidelines are available at The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 14, 2022, by 5:00 p.m. 

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 and other studios. The top entries in each category will win cash prizes and are  scheduled to be announced during the 2022 Maryland Film Festival in April 2022 

In 2021, the 16th annual Baltimore Screenwriter Competition judges Nina Noble, Ken LaZebink, MK  Asante and Annette Porter awarded “Giselle, Awakened” by Bridget Bell McMahon, “Six Shots from  Now” by Mike Marroga, and “Abolition” by Evan Balkan in the features category; and “Mama,” by Leesa  Ashley, “Last Call,” by James A. Burkhalter, and “Stink Bomb,” by Miceal O’Donnell in the shorts  category. Previous Baltimore Screenwriters Competition winners have also received Saul Zaentz  Innovation Fund Fellowships, including 2020 Baltimore Screenwriter Competition winners Stephen  Schuyler for “Like You Think You Know Me,” and Chung-Wei Huang, for “Squeegee Boys” who both  recently shot their films in Baltimore.  

For more information on the Baltimore Screenwriters Competition, call 443- 263-4313 or visit 

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which  serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, events center, and film office. By providing funding and support  to artists, arts programs, and organizations across the city, and by producing large-scale events such as  Artscape, Baltimore Book Festival, and Light City, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and  creative city. 

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