Frequently Asked Questions

When is the initial application period open?

Initial application 2021/2022 period opens April 5 and closes July 8, 2021.

Evaluation period ends August 31 and new Fellows are announced in early September.

When will labs be held this year?

Labs will be held on the following dates:

StoryLab (all Fellows)
Thursday, October 7, 6:00 pm – Sunday, October 10, 1:00 pm

Development Labs and Screenplay Lab(all funded Fellows)
March, 2022

When are funding applications due?

Fellows’ applications for funding due January 7, 2022

Funding Decisions announced early March 2022.

Who is eligible to receive funding?

Anyone based in Baltimore.

Can we apply as a team or only as individuals?

Applicants may apply individually or in teams.

I’ve been a Fellow in the past. Can I skip the initial application process and apply only for the funding round?

Congratulations on being a Fellow and we are excited that you are thinking of applying again. Fellows in each round are treated as a new cohort, which means that even though you have participated as a Fellow in the past, you must first participate in the Incubator Labs and mentoring in order to be eligible to apply for funding. Only Fellows who have been accepted into and participated in the current year’s StoryLab and mentoring will be eligible to apply for funding in any given year.

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.

Can I apply to the  Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund even though I was a Fellow in an earlier round? Can I apply to the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund with a project that was previously accepted, but not funded?

Previous Fellows who are still Baltimore residents are eligible to apply to the Fund as long as they are applying with new, or materially different projects.

I applied with a project in the past, but was not accepted into the program. Can I apply again with the same project? 

Applicants may apply with projects that were not accepted in previous rounds, if the project is materially different their original proposal.