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! Accepted filmmakers are invited to come to Baltimore to screen their films in competition for $3,500 in cash prizes, as well as to participate in a complete festival experience. The festival takes place on June 11th, 2023 at multiple venues in Baltimore, MD. We offer free master classes with industry professionals on the art of directing, producing, and screenwriting, and plenty of networking opportunities. A full schedule is available at www.szfest.org.
Generously sponsored by the Saul Zaentz Foundation, there are no submission fees or attendance fees.
Filmmakers must attend the festival for their films to screen in competition. Full travel scholarships are available for those who qualify with financial need.
Best Narrative Short: $300
Best Documentary Short: $300
Best Animated Short: $300
Best Advocacy Film: $300
The Mix (everything else): $300
The festival is open only ONLY to CURRENT high school students currently attending a school in the state of Maryland. Proof of enrollment may be requested. Films submitted by filmmakers who do not meet these criteria WILL NOT be considered.
Films must have a running time of 12 minutes or less.
Films must not have excessive violence and cursing.
All music and images must be licensed.
Work in process, commercials, and film trailers are not eligible for submission in any category.
Films previously submitted to the Saul Zaentz High School Film Festival are not eligible.