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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 minutes and photography submissions are limited to three images.   Filmmakers may submit up to two films totalling no more than ten 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 should 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, photographs, 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! 


Submitted films and photographs will be judged by professional filmmakers and photographers living and working in Baltimore.  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 two films 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.

Banner Images Courtesy of Lucy Bucknell, Aiko Alvarez-Gibson, Daniela Zapata, James Shelburne, Chrissy Fitchett, and Belén Rugerio Mejia