This issue of BOPA’s Newsletter focuses on up and coming filmmakers as we announce the winners of the Baltimore Screenwriters Competition. Many do not realize that the Baltimore Film Office is part of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, and in addition to championing new talent in the industry, the office and its indomitable director, Debbie Dorsey, have a significant influence on showcasing our City’s talent and locations through the lens of great filmmakers and as backgrounds for great performances.

Baltimore lights up movie and television screens with our City’s unique architecture and streetscapes and it is Debbie, and Logistics Coordinator, Fran Carmen, who are the official liaisons between filmmakers and city agencies, businesses, crews and communities to ensure that Baltimore magic is captured on film and shared with the rest of the world. If you have some time during this mandated time at home, look at our city in a different light through the films and television shows created here. On the Baltimore Film Office page on BOPA’s website, there are a myriad of options to see Baltimore City in a starring role. Stay home, pop some popcorn and take a movie tour of our great City.

With the announcement of the Baltimore Screenwriters Competition winners, the Baltimore Film Office continues to cultivate the film industry for the future, because every production begins with a script. Note the names of the winners because hopefully, sometime in the near future, in a darkened theater or streaming from the comfort of your living room—when the credits roll—you may recognize the name of the screenwriter and remember that the production you just watched got its start in Baltimore.


Donna Drew Sawyer

CEO, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

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