Screenwriting Competition

The Baltimore Film Office at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is accepting entries for the 18th annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition.

This is an opportunity to craft a winning screenplay highlighting Baltimore. Screenplays may be submitted in both the feature and short categories, and scripts must be set in or able to be filmed in Baltimore. The Baltimore Screenwriters Competition is a project of the Baltimore Film Office in conjunction with film programs at Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University.

All screenwriters are encouraged to apply. Director of the Baltimore Film Office Debbie Donaldson Dorsey emphasizes, “The Baltimore Screenwriters Competition nurtures all levels of writers and the many wonderful Baltimore stories waiting to be told.” The deadline for submissions is January 26, 2023, by 5:00 p.m. The application and full guidelines APPLICATION 


The winners were revealed during the Maryland Film Festival, in person for the first time since 2019

The Baltimore Film Office at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces the
winners of the 17th annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition. In the features category, first place
goes to Teddy Duvall and Casey Pence for “Horror Fans,” second place to C.P. Englander for
“Mobius Hoops,”
and third place to Jeffrey Brady for “Sanctuary.” In the shorts category, first place
went to Dimitri Callwood-Jackson for “Love Culture,” Warren Greenberg won second place with
“The Whole Point,” and Elena Moscatt took third with “Crafty Lane.” The winners, who will receive
cash prizes, were selected by the competition judges, film industry professionals MK Asante, Nina K.
Noble, Ken LaZebnik, and Annette Porter
. The winners were announced on Saturday, April 30, at
12:00 p.m. in the Lazarus Auditorium in the Fred Lazarus Building on the Maryland Institute College of
Art (MICA) campus as part of the 24th annual Maryland Film Festival.

The Baltimore Screenwriters Competition is a project of the Baltimore Film Office in conjunction with
film programs at Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University. Funding is provided by Morgan
State University Additional support is courtesy of the Maryland Film Festival and Write Brothers.
Submitted scripts receive coverage from students in the Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State
University screenwriting programs and by local screenwriters and producers. The final screenplays are
judged by industry professionals in film and television, including producers and writers working on
projects for HBO, NBC, and others.

About the Winners

Teddy Duvall & Casey Pentz
Horror Fans

Teddy Duvall is the Vice President of Branding and Sponsorships at Utopia Media. After enduring over
100 days of total isolation when New York City was the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, Teddy
returned to his hometown of Baltimore in September 2020, where he reunited with longtime childhood
friend, Casey Pentz. Casey works at Sheppard Pratt helping people who have struggled with
psychosis. While in the thick of the global pandemic, Teddy and Casey decided to take their 35 years of
shared movie-watching and collaborate on writing screenplays for films they’d love to see on screen.
Horror Fans is the second script that Teddy and Casey have written together. In fact, it is the second

script that either of them has written period — capturing the two’s shared interest in horror movies,
Baltimore history, and the many forms of fanaticism.

C.P. Englander
Mobius Hoops

C. P. Englander, an award-winning screenwriter, playwright, and author, lives and works in Baltimore
City. She has eight published novels to her credit under her Rita Boucher pseudonym and is a past winner
of Romantic Times’ award for best Regency novel. A top 10 winner in the nationwide Jewish Plays
Project competition for The Hebrew Ladies Burial Society, she is also a two-time winner of Baltimore
New Media Festival’s short screenplay contest. A screenplay based on her historical fantasy, The WouldBe Witch, was a winner in Final Draft’s Big Break Contest. Englander's most recent novel, The
Compromised Lady, was released in February 2022.

Jeffrey Brady

Ever since Jeffrey was a kid, he has loved movies. He has always felt they are one of the best ways to tell
stories, but he did not get into filmmaking until high school. He saw his classmates making funny home
videos with their friends and decided to follow suit. From there, he developed a taste for filmmaking and
decided to pursue it as a college study. In college, Jeffrey double majored in Film Production and Digital
Design, since his first passion has always been art. This allowed Jeffrey to expand his options as a
filmmaker. He worked with many talented people while at Penn State University to tell all kinds of
stories. In 2020, he graduated from Penn State with bachelor’s degrees in both Film Production and
Digital Design. After graduation, Jeffrey worked on an independent film called, “A Deer in the Woods.”
It is the first feature length film on which Jeffrey has worked and it will premiere at State College on
April 28, 2022.

Dimitri Callwood-Jackson
Love Culture

Dimitri Callwood-Jackson is an emerging screenwriter and director based in the Washington, D.C.
metropolitan area. He attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he graduated with
a BFA in Screenwriting and Animation in 2016. As a writer, Dimitri believes that his purpose is to inspire
and uplift the marginalized. More recently, Dimitri has found purpose in writing from the voice and
experience of the Black and Queer. His mission is to tell stories that start the right conversions in black
and brown spaces, ultimately effecting change.

Warren Greenberg
The Whole Point

A graduate of University of Maryland, Warren Greenberg is new to the screenwriting world. A
songwriter, musician, writer, and poet, one of Warren's first passions was movies. He remembers standing
in lines stretching around city blocks to see such movies as, The Sting, Star Wars, and Raiders of the Lost
Ark. At home, he would watch old VHS tapes of Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, and The Hustler, with

his father reciting lines, on cue, like an understudy or an assistant director. In 2019, when his fiancé
enrolled them in an Odyssey screenwriting night class, Warren decided to rework an old poem he had
written some 30 years prior. The result is Warren's first penned screenplay — an animated short titled The
Whole Point. His fiancé further gifted Warren entry of The Whole Point in several screenwriting
competitions, where it has reached the semi-finals twice [2021 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
and 2021 ScreenCraft Animation Screenplay Competition]. Warren is grateful to his fiancé, Marigo, for
encouraging him to pursue his passion and is thrilled to be considered for this honor among so many
talented writers. Warren wishes to thank the Baltimore Screenwriting Competition for the honor of
reviewing his work and placing it in such esteemed regard.

Elena Moscatt
Crafty Lane

Elena has been working in the film industry since the late 1980s. In 1992 Elena joined I.A.T.S.E. Local
487 and started working in the craft services department. She created one of the very first scripted online
web series in 1998, a teen drama called Jamie's Way, which was filmed in Charles Village. Her lifestyle
interview web series, “Click On This Show,” currently has over 600 episodes on YouTube and has won
many awards and nominations within the webfest circuit. Elena created the Baltimore Next Media
WebFest, a festival dedicated to discovering and supporting the very best of international New Media,
including VR projects, Web Series, Short Films, YouTube Channels, Podcasts, Screenplays, and Social
Media. She also created and still runs the Baltimore Screenwriter's Coffee Club. Elena is honored and
humbled to place within the top three of the 2022 Baltimore Film Office Screenwriters competition. The
competition is so important for Maryland screenwriters — it helps writers to place their plots and stories
within the boundaries of Baltimore, encouraging more films to be filmed here in Baltimore.

About the Judges

MK Asante is a best-selling author, award-winning filmmaker, recording artist, and distinguished
professor who the Los Angeles Times calls “One of America’s best storytellers.” He is the author of four
books including Buck: A Memoir, a multi-year Washington Post Bestseller and the recipient of numerous
literary awards. Buck is currently being adapted into a major motion picture. Asante studied at the
University of London, earned a B.A. from Lafayette College, and an M.F.A. from the UCLA School of
Theater, Film, and Television. He is the founder/CEO of Wonderful Sound Studios and the Executive
Producer and Host of the Snapchat original shows While Black with MK Asante and Free Tuition with
MK Asante. Asante is a Distinguished Professor at the MICA Business School in India and a tenured
professor in the Department of English at Morgan State University.

Nina K. Noble is a freelance producer and producing partner of David Simon’s Blown Deadline
Productions. With Simon, she has produced three long-running series and three miniseries for HBO: The
Wire, for which she won a DGA and Peabody award as well as a BAFTA nomination, the Peabody
award-winning Treme, The Deuce, and most recently We Own This City. Miniseries include The Corner,
which won the 2000 Emmy for best miniseries, Generation Kill, and Show Me a Hero.

Ken LaZebink writes for television, film, and theatre. He shares story credit with Garrison Keillor for
director Robert Altman’s film, A Prairie Home Companion. LaZebnik wrote the Lionsgate film Thomas Kinkaid’s Christmas Cottage, released in 2008, starring Peter O’Toole and Marcia Gay Harden. His
television writing ranges from over twenty scripts for Touched by An Angel, to writing for Army Wives,
Providence, Star Trek: Enterprise, and the new series When Calls the Heart on the Hallmark Channel. He
is Director of Long Island University’s MFA in Writing and Producing for Television.

Annette Porter is a Producer at Nylon Films, an independent film company based in Baltimore and CoDirector of the JHU MICA Film Centre. She is also the Director of the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund at
Johns Hopkins University, whose mission is to support new and emerging voices in filmmaking.
Recognized for building and managing creative production teams internationally, Annette has directed
and/or produced short and long form factual films on topics ranging from contemporary arts and culture
to environmental and social issues for clients including Avon, Campaign for Female Education, Rambert
Dance Company, UNESCO, Victoria & Albert Museum, Warner Brothers, Women's Aid, BBC, NBC,
ITV, Discovery (Fr), and NHK (Japan).

About the Baltimore Film Office

The Baltimore Film Office serves as the designated liaison between production companies and city
agencies, providing one-stop shop access to city services and expedited permits for the purpose of
economic development. The Baltimore Film Office also serves as liaison between production companies
and businesses, crew and communities, and markets Baltimore as a first-class location for the film

For more information on the Baltimore Screenwriters Competition and the Baltimore Film Office, call
443- 263-4313 or visit And be sure to follow BOPA on Instagram, Facebook,
and Twitter: @promoandarts

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, events center, and film office. By providing funding and support to artists, arts programs, and organizations across the city, and by producing large-scale events such as Artscape, Baltimore Book Festival, and Light City, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.

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