GUIDELINES

The Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund seeks to identify, embolden and empower new voices by finding innovative ways for diverse communities in Baltimore to write, design, produce, and distribute a wide array of audiovisual content, from narrative film to immersive media and beyond.

We are looking for Baltimore-based innovators to write, develop, design and produce groundbreaking projects that will advance the art and craft of media in the 21st century.


Who can apply?

The Saul Zaentz Innovation fund is open to all residents of the ​Greater Baltimore area. There are no restrictions regarding age or experience.

You can apply as an individual or as a team of up to two people.

Immersive Media Applications (VR/AR) must be submitted by a team of two people – one technical, one creative. If you don’t have a team, but have a good idea, contact us and we might be able to help you find your other half! (410) 462 7561


The applicant(s) must be one of the central artistic forces behind the project.

You can submit up to two projects. Projects that were not successful in previous rounds can be resubmitted as long as they have been developed further in meaningful and thoughtful ways.

All projects must be in the development stage. Projects that are ready for production, in the midst of production or in post-production are not eligible.

​All projects must be able to be produced in Baltimore.


​The applicant must be able to attend required Incubator Laboratory Workshops in Baltimore.

The first Incubator Laboratory which all Fellows must participate in, will run from Thursday evening, November 1 – Sunday afternoon, November 4.

The initial application to these programs is NOT a funding application. Applicants are applying to become Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund (SZIF) Fellows, where they will be supported in further developing their project ideas.


Support for Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund Fellows comes from many sources including participation in an assigned SZIF Incubator Lab, introduction to industry mentors and invitations to specialized SZIF workshops and master classes.

Fellows with projects who have participated in this round of the SZIF Incubator Labs and mentorship program will be eligible ​to apply for grants from the Development & Production Fund via a separate application period that opens in December 2018 and runs through January 2019. Development and Production Awards for 2019 will be announced at the end of February, 2019.


 

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SCREENPLAY LAB

The Screenplay Lab welcomes Fellows with narrative scripts to have their work read and critiqued by renowned industry experts. The Lab takes place over three days and is divided into meetings, group screenings, Q&As and networking events. During private one-on-one meetings between Fellows and Lab Advisors, the Fellows receive detailed feedback on their screenplays.

​Over the course of this three-day period, the Screenplay Lab Fellows, with the guidance of their Advisors, target problem areas in their screenplays, search for new storytelling avenues to pursue and grow as writers for the screen.

The Screenplay Lab is looking for unproduced scripts in draft form. All films must be able to be produced in Baltimore. All projects must be submitted by the writer of the project (teams of up to two people).

Please see the Guidelines page for additional requirements for all SZIF submissions.

The Screenplay Lab will take place Nov 1-4.

 

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IMMERSIVE MEDIA LAB

 


The Immersive Media Lab welcomes projects that are using VR, AR and emerging technologies and platforms to push the boundaries of storytelling.

The immersive Media Lab brings together Baltimore filmmakers, artists and entrepreneurs to participate in a series of  individual meetings, group discussions, Q&As and networking events with industry experts. Over the course of three days, the participating Immersive Media teams will work together with these experts to further develop their ideas and stories, identify relevant artistic and technological challenges and research potential solutions, current best practices and audience impact.

 


While technical elements are discussed as part of the Lab, the emphasis will be on story development and production planning.

Upon completion of the Lab, each project will be paired with a mentor team of veteran and groundbreaking immersive media experts, executives and technologists from the industry across the United States and abroad.


Any project in development that can be produced in Baltimore is eligible. In the past we’ve had virtual reality experiences, multimedia installations, experimental nonfiction shorts, fiction features at the treatment stage and more.

Please see the Guidelines page for additional requirements for all SZIF submissions.

The Immersive Media Lab will take place Nov 1-4.

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DOCUMENTARY LAB

The Documentary Lab brings renowned and veteran artists to advise Fellows over the course of a tightly-focused, three day session. Advisors study, discuss and challenge the Fellows’ works-in-progress, concepts and goals with critical and practical feedback, while offering master classes on specific aspects of the filmmaking craft.

​During private one-on-one meetings between Fellows and Lab Advisors, the Fellows receive detailed feedback on their footage and discuss potential paths to production.

The Documentary Lab is looking for documentary projects that are still in development or early in the production process. Projects that have completed significant production or are in post-production are not eligible. All films must be able to be produced in Baltimore.

Please see the Guidelines page for additional requirements for all SZIF submissions.

TheDocumentary Lab will take place Nov 1-4.

 

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