The Baltimore High School Film Festival was designed to bring together a community of high school age filmmakers to share their juried work on a large screen with an audience to encourage their passion for filmmaking. The BHFF provides an opportunity for students to showcase their work on a big screen, to family and friends, and a wider network of students and young people making films in other high schools, after school programs, or independently. The festival provides a platform to celebrate the students’ work, to connect educators and to help build a community of like-minded people. BHFF’s goal is to reach more high school aged students in Baltimore City and the surrounding counties, and to ultimately grow it to a statewide film festival.

Included in the growth of the festival is the opportunity to offer workshops for students and educators from technical skills to classroom integration of video curriculums.



Beatriz Bufrahi


Since graduating with an MFA in Digital and Media Arts from UMBC, Bea has taught video and media literacy skills to Baltimore City area youth. She has served on the faculty of the Baltimore School for the Arts since 2004.  Witnessing an explosion of interest in storytelling through video among her students, Bea became aware of the need for an organization and outlet for the incredible creativity of young people.  She started The Baltimore High School Film Festival in 2012 to address this need.  Bea has worked with several local educational organizations to produce short documentaries and in 2014, in collaboration with Thomas Ventimiglia, she produced The Founders, a documentary about the establishment  of the Baltimore School for the Arts.



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Maggie is a junior Stage Production and Design student at the Baltimore School for the Arts. She is an artist and filmmaker, whose work concerns youth and Baltimore. She hopes to study Film and Video in college.