Zaentz Innovation Fund


our impact

The Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation, in collaboration with Firestarter Interactive, recently created a short film documenting the meaningful work executed by the Zaentz Innovation Fund and the vast levels of support and  opportunities it provides its fellows and the entire Baltimore filmmaking community.



Since 2016, the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund has given voice to those who have been denied filmmaking opportunities. The fund has emboldened diverse filmmakers to write, design, produce, and distribute a wide array of visual content, from narrative film to immersive media. The fund is a force for equality and diversity in the film industry, a voice for facts, and an equal playing field for the underrepresented.

featured projects

What we do

New Voices. New Perspectives. New Discoveries.
The Zaentz Innovation Fund offers Storylab, Development Labs, Screenplay Lab, Mentoring, and Grants.