The Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund in Film and Media was founded in 2016 to address under-represented communities in the film, television and XR industries. By providing funding for emerging regional voices and connecting Baltimore creatives to prestigious artists, veteran executives, and successful entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry, our aim is giving voice to those who have been excluded.
New Voices. New Outlooks. New Approaches.
What Does the Fund Offer?
Storytelling has always been an integral part of the human experience and our Incubator Labs are structured to help you take your story to the next level. Through candid discussion and structured working sessions, our Incubator Labs bring together creative leaders and experienced storytellers with Saul Zaentz Fellows to encourage risk-taking and boundary-pushing, to help identify and solve production challenges, and to foster community and collaboration.
The Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund matches Saul Zaentz Fellows with award-winning artists and established professionals in technology, media, business, and the arts. These mentors offer their advice, guidance and practical knowledge, and help each Fellow explore new production and distribution models.
Each year, the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund makes seed capital grants for selected projects. By helping artists turn their ideas into stories, seed grants opens new doors for underrepresented people to speak their truths and gives life to the artistic voices of Baltimore.
Once Fellows have completed the Story Labs, they are eligible to apply for funding grants for further development or production of their projects.