Frequently Asked Questions


What are the deadlines for submissions?

Deadline for Round One is March 27, 2016.


How many rounds will there be this year?

There will be two rounds in 2016. Dates for Round Two will be announced in late May.


Can I apply for money from the Fund directly?

No—only projects selected for the Bold Voices, New Paradigms Incubator are eligible to apply to the Development & Production Fund.


I’m designing an app for film production. Can I apply?

Yes—we accept proposals for software and hardware projects, as long as they can be applied in the development, production or delivery of audio-visual content.


What is the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund’s mission? What projects are you looking for?

Our mission: Embolden and empower new voices by finding innovative ways for diverse communities in Baltimore to write, design, produce, and distribute a wide array of visual content, from narrative film to immersive media.

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.


Can I apply directly to the Screenwriters Lab and to the Educational Workshops? Or do I need to apply to the Incubator?

You can sign up directly to participate in any of our free Educational Workshops.

The Screenwriters Lab is part of the Incubator. If you have a feature-length screenplay, apply to the Incubator. If selected, the project will participate in the Lab.


Can I apply with a project in post-production?

No-the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund is a program that emphasizes development, mentorship and production. We don’t offer completion funding.