Presented by the Johns Hopkins University and Baltimore School for the Arts, the Saul Zaentz High School Film Festival seeks to discover and honor the best in high school filmmaking globally! Filmmakers are invited to a three-day festival from June 7-9, 2019, in Baltimore, MD. In addition to the film screenings, there will be free workshops for educators and students. Travel scholarships are available to those who need them. A full schedule is available at

Generously sponsored by the Saul Zaentz Foundation, there are no submission fees.

Also, a special screening and certain awards have been reserved for Maryland student filmmakers. This submission site is for Maryland filmmakers only. To submit here, you must reside in the state of Maryland and be in grades 9-12 (generally ages 14-18).

If you wish to submit a film to the larger festival, please submit here:

One cash award of $300 will be given to the best film in each of the following categories:

Documentary Short: Nonfiction storytelling

Narrative Short: Fiction storytelling

Animation: Any form of animation is accepted, as long as you tell a story

Advocacy (Social Justice, LGBT): Videos made in support or defend of a particular cause

The Mix: Any video that does not fit the above mentioned categories, such as

Music video




Please note: All films from MD students will also automatically be considered for the other festival prizes.

This submission site is open to all high school students (grades 9-12) in Maryland. The movie can be produced in school, at home, in an after-school program, or through any other organization.

No excessive violence and cursing.

Running time of your movie must be 12 minutes or shorter.

All copyrighted material used in films must be licensed.

Work in process, commercials, and film trailers are not eligible for submission in any category.