Born in Baltimore celebrates new voices in cinema and photographic arts. Filmmakers and photographers of all ages whose work is of, from, and about Baltimore are invited to submit. 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.

Capture your world and your vision on film. Share with a live audience and on the Born in Baltimore website. We want to hear from you!

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

There will be Judges' Awards for three films and one photograph. There will be Audience Awards for one film and one photograph. Finalists for Judges' Awards will be posted on the website and awards will be announced at the Festival.

There is no fee to submit and artists of any level of experience may enter. Beginners are welcome! Films must be under 10 minutes and photography submissions are limited to 3 images. Filmmakers may submit up to 2 films totalling no more than 10 minutes. Filmmaker-photographers may submit in both categories.

Born in Baltimore will consider all types of material, including documentary, fiction, animated, and experimental films; music videos; and stand-alone excerpts from longer works. Films must be at least 30 seconds in length. Films in all languages will be considered. Dialogue in languages other than English should be accompanied by subtitles.

Artists are encouraged to use their own 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 written 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!

Refer to the website for complete terms and for more details on all aspects of the Festival.

Your story. Your city. Submit to Born in Baltimore!

Overall Rating
  • Nic 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
  • Earl walker

    I thought this festival was a wonderful opportunity for emerging local artist from these platforms to get there work acknowledged and admired I look forward to the next one

    February 2018
  • Vonnya Pettigrew

    We were thrilled and surprised to learn that our film Youth Truth wan the Judges Award for 18 and under and the Audience Choice Award!

    January 2018
  • kevin hogan

    Fantastic event with wonderful organization.

    July 2017