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Baltimore City launches screenwriting competition

In an effort to boost the profile of Baltimore's screenwriters, The Baltimore Film Office, in conjunction with Morgan State University's Film and Television Writing Program, and Johns Hopkins' Film and Media Studies Program  has launched a search for aspiring film writers for itsfifth annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition

Designed to create awareness of screenplays as a literary art form and to encourage new screenwriters into the entertainment industry the contest offers applicants the opportunity to win prizes including cash and all access passes to the Maryland Film Festival.

Early submission begins Thursday, October 1 through Monday, November 30, 2009 with a $35 application fee. The final deadline is Friday, January 29, 2010 with a $50 application fee.

Writers interested in participating in the contest can submit applications and original feature length screenplays that must be set in or around Baltimore. Materials can be mailed or delivered to the Baltimore Film Office, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, 7 East Redwood Street, Suite 500, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. The Baltimore Screenwriting Competition is a project of Mayor Sheila Dixon and the Baltimore Film Office at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and sponsored by Municipal Employees Credit Union of Baltimore (MECU), Maryland Film Festival, NEXTCAR and Visit Baltimore.

All eligible scripts will receive coverage by local screenwriters. Additionally, film industry professionals will judge final scripts. Participating judges will be announced at a later date. Competition winners will be announced during the Maryland Film Festival on May 6-9, 2010.

To download the 2010 Baltimore Screenwriters Competition application, visit Baltimore Film or call 410-752-8632.

Source: Baltimore Film Office
Writer: Walaika Haskins

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