The 2022 Festival will offer both in-person and virtual exhibition venues, with Judges’ deciding how and where work will be shown. The in-person event will be June 26, and the virtual exhibition will launch Monday, June 27.

The Festival seeks images, sounds, and textures that are uniquely Baltimore; the music, the faces, the stories of our city and its citizens, past and present, young and old, native and newly arrived. In addition, the Festival will consider submissions representing locations beyond Baltimore that reflect on Baltimore subject matter and themes, stories and images of city life and city neighborhoods; of ports, barbershops, and houses of worship; of jazz and rap; of blue crabs and marble stoops.

Capture your world and your vision on film, and share with a wide audience. We want to hear from you!

Born in Baltimore is a production of Baltimore Youth Film Arts.

Finalists for Judges' Awards will be posted on the website and both Audience and Judges' Awards will be announced during the Festival.

Born in Baltimore will consider photographs, short films, and short shorts. Photography submissions are limited to 3 images. Films must be between 30 seconds and 10 minutes in length. Short shorts are non-narrative videos 10 to 30 seconds long, and must be a single take with incidental sound only. Films in all languages will be considered. Dialogue in languages other than English should be accompanied by subtitles. (Short shorts don’t require subtitles.)

Documentary, fiction, animated, and experimental films; music videos; and stand-alone excerpts from longer works are all welcome. Artists are encouraged to use their best judgement when submitting material featuring illegal activity, explicit sexuality, or explicit violence. Films and photographs with strong sexual content or gratuitous, graphic violence may not be accepted.

All entries must be original. Use of any third party materials, including third-party prose, song lyrics, photography, or video requires permission of the copyright owner. Filmmakers are encouraged to use their own original music or music created by their friends. This is an opportunity to get your work out there where it can be heard!

In accordance with Creative Alliance policies, all patrons over the age of 12 attending the event must show proof of a full course of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within the previous 48 hours.

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  • hossein javadzadeh

    Thank you for your good festival

    July 2021
  • Magnificent Festival It was a wonderful experience to see your work arrive in the final together with beautiful films
    thank you Born in Baltimore Film & Photography Festival for this nice opportunity

    June 2021
  • Kang Le

    In a nutshell, being selected for the Born in Baltimore Film & Photography Festival is the luckiest thing that has happened to me in 2021.

    Thanks a lot to the director and all the organization behind this amazing Festival,

    June 2021
  • Nic L. Kelly

    I was not able to attend the festival personally. However, I had a host of friends there who told me how nice the festival was and how much they enjoyed seeing my film on the big screen. Thanks for supporting my voice Born In Baltimore.

    July 2018
  • Alec Jordan

    Such a wonderful program, can't wait for next year's!

    July 2018