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Creative Alliance


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.

Born in Baltimore is a production of Baltimore Youth Film Arts,
an affiliate program of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at

Johns Hopkins University. It is made possible by the financial support of Johns Hopkins and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.



Submissions for the 2019 Festival are now closed.

There is no fee to submit and artists of any level of experience may enter.  Beginners are welcome!  Films must be under ten (10) minutes and photography submissions are limited to three (3) images.   Filmmakers may submit up to two (2) films totalling no more than ten (10) minutes for both.  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.  The Festival will accept submissions of works in progress, but cannot consider second submissions of revisions, so submit the version you're ready to share.  Films in all languages will be considered.  Dialogue in languages other than English should be accompanied by subtitles.  All photography subjects and styles are welcome.  Freshness and honesty are a plus.  The Festival appreciates surprise and authenticity as much as polish.  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.

The Festival cannot consider material created for clients, but personal, expressive films and photographs created in a workshop or class are welcome.  Artists may submit only their own work.  Collaborations are welcome if all partners agree in writing to the terms and conditions of the Festival.  There are no restrictions on the date a work was created.

Born in Baltimore cannot consider any work that contains copyright violations.  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.  Original music is preferred.  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!  All contributors, including musicians, must agree in writing to Festival terms and conditions. 


Submitted films and photographs will be judged by professional filmmakers and photographers living and working in Baltimore.  All decisions of the judges are final.  The Festival hopes to showcase a wide range of films and photographs, but because screening time and exhibition space are limited not all entries can be accepted.   

There will be Judges' Awards for three films and one photograph.  There will be Audience Favorite 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.


Attendance at the Born in Baltimore Festival is strongly encouraged for all entrants even if your film or photograph is not accepted for exhibition.  You contribute by participating and the Festival values your contribution.  Join us in celebrating Baltimore’s growing film and photographic arts community.  Support your fellow artists.  Admission is free!

Born in Baltimore Film and Photography Festival, 29 June 2019, Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224 (map).




June 1: Accepted filmmakers and photographers notified.

June 8: Official Selections posted on the Festival website. 

June 15: Detailed program and Finalists for Judges' Awards posted on the Festival website.

JUNE 29: BORN IN BALTIMORE FESTIVAL, 3-7:30, Creative Alliance (map).


By submitting to the Born in Baltimore Film and Photography Festival entrants agree to the above rules and guidelines.  In addition, all entrants, including all contributors to collaborative projects, are required to sign the Born in Baltimore release.   Releases from all entrants under 18 must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.  Download and print a release here (PDF) or request a copy by mail.  Requests for releases by mail should be made through the website Contact form.   


Born in Baltimore Film & Photography Festival
Baltimore Youth Film Arts Program
Artwork Submission Form 2019

This form must be completed by a parent/guardian if the Submitting Artist is under the age of 18.

I, _________________________ (print first and last name) (“Submitting Artist”), am submitting an original work to be shown in the Born in Baltimore Film & Photography Festival, sponsored by the Baltimore Youth Film Arts Program (“Program” and “Submitted Artwork”).  I certify that I am 18 years old or older.

Alternatively, I certify that I am the parent or legal guardian of ___________________________ (print first and last name), who is submitting Artwork to the Program.
I represent that the Submitted Artwork is my original work.  I have not included in my Submitted Artwork any third party materials without proper acknowledgement and written permission of the copyright owner, including but not limited to third-party prose, song lyrics, photography, audio, or video.  I represent that I have the consent, release, and/or permission of each and every identifiable individual person in the Submitted Artwork to use the name and likeness of each and every such person, sufficient to enable inclusion and use of the Submitted Artwork by the Program.   I understand that a breach of these representations will disqualify the Submitted Artwork from inclusion in the Program.

I understand that as part of the Program I or my child may be filmed or photographed by Johns Hopkins University (“JHU”) and its employees, officers, and agents.  I, on behalf of myself or my child, hereby irrevocably grant to JHU and its assigns and licensees the right to photograph, film, and record me or my child and to use such photographs, films and recordings of my or my child’s voice, likeness, name, and Submitted Artwork in connection with the Program and for promotion and/or advertising purposes.
I hereby irrevocably grant to JHU a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty free, perpetual license to upload, display, perform, exhibit, transmit, and stream the Submitted Artwork for promotion and/or advertising purposes and in future programs, including on openly accessible websites, as JHU deems appropriate.  These grants are perpetual.  I agree that I shall have no right of approval and no claim to compensation hereunder.
My or my child’s participation in the Program is entirely voluntary. I recognize and acknowledge that I (or my child) am at risk for physical injury, illness, accident, disability, death, damage to personal property, monetary loss, or other contingencies as a result of participating in or attending the Program or related activities. I voluntarily assume all of the foregoing risks, the results and consequences thereof, and understand that JHU assumes no responsibility or liability for or in connection with the foregoing. I further understand that JHU assumes no responsibility for or obligation to provide financial assistance or other assistance, including but not limited to medical, health, or disability insurance, in the event of injury, illness, accident, disability, death, monetary loss or property damage or other contingencies.
I agree to release and indemnify, defend and hold harmless JHU and its employees, officers and agents from any and all liability and damages or losses I or my child may suffer to our persons or property or both which arise out of or occur during my or my child’s participation in the Program.  I further agree to indemnify JHU for all costs, damages, and attorneys’ fees resulting from any third party claims, including copyright infringement, arising from my participation.

I agree that this Release is to be construed in accordance with the law of the State of Maryland, and that if any portion of this agreement is held invalid, the remainder of the agreement shall continue in full force and effect. I acknowledge that I have read this entire document, and I agree to its terms.


Submissions for the 2019 Festival are closed.

(click button to submit with FilmFreeway)

(click button to submit with FilmFreeway)


Born in Baltimore encourages you to submit your film(s) or photograph(s) by uploading directly to FilmFreeway.  Uploading your video or photograph via FilmFreeway is easy!  When you sign up you’ll be directed to the Add Project page where you can upload your file(s).  Born in Baltimore prefers video be uploaded directly to FilmFreeway with download enabled for Festival review, but you may also use your project page to link your video via Vimeo or YouTube. 

Photographs must be submitted in JPEG; high resolution files are preferred.  (NB: The Festival will make prints of accepted photographs for exhibition.) 

For video, the Festival encourages submissions in full HD (high definition), but SD (standard definition) submissions are also acceptable.   NOTE: SD videos cannot be uploaded directly to FilmFreeway.  To submit an SD video, first upload it to Vimeo or YouTube then link to your FilmFreeway project page.  If you are linking from Vimeo, be sure to update your settings in Vimeo to allow for embedding.  Your video will still be password protected.  Embedding simply allows the Vimeo video player to be displayed within the FilmFreeway interface. 

FilmFreeway accepts all major video formats in full quality HD up to 10 GB.  They will transcode videos for playback compatibility and performance, but recommend submitters use settings close to their output settings.  Details can be found on the FilmFreeway site and on the Born in Baltimore "Tools" page.

Once you upload your project, you can store it with FilmFreeway for free and submit it to other festivals.

All entrants must complete a hard copy release: PDF
Signed releases should be mailed to:
Born in Baltimore Festival
Baltimore Youth Film Arts Program
JHU-MICA Film Center
10 E. North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21202



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