embolden, empower new voices

Seeking Baltimore-based innovators to write, design, produce, and distribute visual content, from narrative film to immersive media.

Applications are open!  We are accepting applications through December 15th .

An incubator for next-generation visual narrative content

in search of transformative ideas in film and media

The Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund in Film and Media Studies is an incubator program at Johns Hopkins University whose central mission is to connect the Baltimore creative community with prestigious artists, veteran executives, and successful entrepreneurs from related industries for mentoring, knowledge sharing, team building, and access to funding.

A nexus for community participation
in film and media innovation

Bold Voices, New Paradigm Incubator Program

We are looking for Baltimore-based innovators to write, develop, design and produce groundbreaking projects that will advance the art and craft of audiovisual media. If you can dream it, we want to see it: narrative film, experimental film, episodic content, technological advances, immersive media… and beyond.




The Development Production Fund

The fund will facilitate access to capital for a diverse group of Incubator Fellows, whose work will comprise a crucial component of the program’s mission and success.

It seeks to level the playing field for artists at all levels and stages of their careers, providing them with the support they need to turn their vision into reality, to push the boundaries of film and media studies, and to spur economic development in the community through creativity and innovation.

Passion moves freely across borders, speaks every language, and flourishes in every culture. The movement of passion is the most gratifying satisfaction in any moviemaker\’s life.

Saul Zaentz

Saul Zaentz

He was the epitome of an independent, with an incredible sense of material, and the courage to see it through.

Michael Douglas

Described by the New York Times as “the last of the great independent producers,” Saul Zaentz specialized in literary film adaptations—projects the big studios believed were too complex or uncommercial to put on film. Challenging traditional notions of Hollywood narrative, Mr. Zaentz’s films required writers and filmmakers whose vision encompassed intuition and experimentation, a rich fund of knowledge, and a belief that film has the power to change our way of seeing the world. His films were also top of their class in cinematography, costume and set design, sound and music, acting and direction. Although he produced only ten films, his work made an indelible impact on the art of film. He was awarded three Best Picture Oscars, an achievement shared by only a handful of producers.