21st Annual

The Johns Hopkins Film Festival

March 09, 2017 to March 12, 2017

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3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore MD 21218
Phone: (410) 516-5048

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Documentary Shorts
This category is open to any documentary under 45 minutes in length.
Non-narrative, abstract, high concept films.
This category is open to animated films of 45 min or less.
Narrative Shorts
Short films up to 45 minutes in length are accepted from anywhere in the world.


The Johns Hopkins Film Festival is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote the work of fledgling filmmakers. The JHUFF showcases the work of filmmakers new to the festival circuit in order to cultivate new talent, jump start filmmakers' careers and visibility, and create and nourish a film community that actively engages with new talent - our focus lies in connecting our audiences with participating filmmakers and their personal stories, just as much as the stories they tell.

Our focus is on short films: we see the short form as particularly relevant to a festival most interested in beginning filmmakers. Shorts provide an excellent way for filmmakers to experiment, develop an idea they have in mind for a feature, or simply to tell a great story.

Accepted submissions are capped at roughly 20 films. This cap will lead to an incredibly selective decision-making process, but also to personalized focus and attention to each participating filmmaker. We are open to filmmakers of any age, status, and background, and only ask that this be a film early in filmmakers' careers, preferably the first submitted to the festival circuit. We are a student-run festival, but recognize that emerging filmmakers span anywhere from within to far beyond the student pool, especially given the rise in access to more affordable means of production - as a result, we welcome new filmmakers who are young, old, students, self-taught, and/or DIY. As our title suggests, we're devoted to showcasing new classics and promoting the auteurs of tomorrow.

Narrative and documentary shorts will be accepted, as well as animated and experimental work.


Now in its 21st year of existence, the Johns Hopkins Film Festival is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote the films and careers of fledgling yet visionary filmmakers via a highly selective showcase of ~20 films and through a compilation of personal profiles of the filmmakers who created them.

Taking place in Shriver Hall on the Johns Hopkins campus, which boasts the third largest screen in Maryland, the festival sources an active and engaged audience from the Hopkins student body as well as the larger Baltimore community. Via monthly 35MM screenings and other events throughout the year, JHUFF fosters an active body of film viewers from both communities, building an an engaged audience for the Film Festival in the early spring.

The Film Festival also showcases 3-4 retrospective and contemporary films on 35MM with full cinema sound, which range from art house to cult classics.


Gillian Waldo (Co-Director); Julia Gunnison; Meredith Ward (Festival Registrar)


Screening copies should be media files. Vimeo links are preferred.

Submission Instructions

Short Films: Up to 45 minutes of programming may be submitted as one entry, with one entry fee.

Films from outside of North America: Please contact us before submitting your entry regarding your entry fee. All films in languages other than English should be subtitled in English. If your film is in a language other than English and is not subtitled or dubbed, please contact us and we will discuss the possibilities.

We're equipped to show 35MM, and 16MM; contact us if you'd like your work to be projected on film.


All submissions will be watched and judged by the JHU Film Society. Submission does not guarantee acceptance, and entry fees are nonrefundable. Filmmakers with accepted films will be notified around the beginning of February, 2017. Exhibition copies of films should be sent to us digitally. Publicity materials for accepted submissions are appreciated. The festival will exercise all due care with materials sent. However, we cannot accept or assume responsibility for damage or loss of materials submitted. If your film is accepted, JHUFF reserves the right to use its title and press materials in promotion of the festival. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.