Presented by the Johns Hopkins University and the Baltimore School for the Arts, the Saul Zaentz High School Film Festival seeks to discover and honor the best in high school filmmaking nationally! Filmmakers are invited to a three-day festival from June 18-20 in Baltimore, MD. In addition to the film screenings, there will be free master classes and plenty of networking opportunities. A full schedule is available at

Generously sponsored by the Saul Zaentz Foundation, there are no submission fees nor fees to participate in the festival weekend.

Also, we are more than a festival, we are an experience! We do expect filmmakers whose work has been selected for screening to attend, if at all possible. Travel scholarships are available to those who qualify.

Please note: We also want to invest in young filmmakers in our home state of Maryland, so there are special prizes reserved for Maryland filmmakers.

Best of Festival: $500

Best Narrative Short: $200

Best Documentary Short: $200

Best Animated Short: $200

Best Experimental Short: $200

Best Film Under $250: $200

Audience Choice: $200

Best Documentary Short: $300

Best Narrative Short: $300

Best Animated Short: $300

Best Advocacy Film: $300

The Mix (everything else): $300

Films should not have excessive violence and cursing and a running time of 12 minutes or less. All copyrighted music and images must be licensed.

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