Storyline DIFF The Writers' Corner


At DaVinci International Film Festival (DIFF), we believe that every great film starts with a great screenplay. That’s why we’re committed to honoring the talented writers who work tirelessly to create the worlds, characters, and stories that move us.

Each year, Storyline Finalists are invited to participate in DIFF’s Writers’ Corner, where they compete for the festival’s most coveted Leo Award. This two-hour event gives writers the opportunity to showcase their work for friends, family, and industry professionals, with scene breakdowns and readings from professional actors.

Whether you’re an aspiring screenwriter or a seasoned pro, we encourage you to submit your work to DIFF’s Storyline competition, and Experience the DIFF.

Learn more about the Writers’ Corner Program at DIFF6 here.  Storyline at DaVinci International Film Festival is brought to you by Final Draft + Coverfly

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Rules & Eligibility

  • Submitted scripts must be original, and the sole property of the applicant(s)*
  • Feature and Short scripts must be in Master Scene Format (grading rubric)
  • All entries must be in English
  • Feature screenplays must be between 80-120 pages in length
  • Short screenplays must be under 40 pages in length
  • There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit
  • You may not submit the same script more than once
  • Under no circumstances will substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entry be accepted
  • If a submitted script becomes Optioned, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period, that script will no longer be eligible
  • All entries must be submitted in PDF format at FilmFreeway. Scripts will not be returned.
  • Competition judges, readers and employees of STORYLINE or the DaVinci Intl Film Festival screenplay competition, past and present, and their immediate friends and families, are not eligible to enter
  • Previous winners of the STORYLINE competition are not eligible
  • Scripts submitted under a pen name will be immediately disqualified
  • Script title or file cannot be changed after submission

*Original Works: Script is wholly based on the writer’s own, unique imagination and is not adapted from outside material.  The ONLY EXCEPTION is if the writer currently holds exclusive rights/Option to the source material.

DIFF Storyline

Once you crack the script, everything else flows.
– Ridley Scott



Official Selections (“Finalists”) are in competition for The Leo Award and participate in live readings at DIFF’s Writers’ Corner event annually.

The Leo Award

The Leo is DaVinci Film Festival’s most coveted award and is given to the best screenplay among our Official Selections at the live showcase event.

Honorable Mention

Every year, we’re deluged with fantastic scripts. While we can’t honor all submissions, Storyline occasionally awards Honorable Mentions.

Without the ongoing support from our sponsors and festival supporters, we would not be where we are today.
Below are a few of those who help make STORYLINE possible.


DaVinci International Film Festival
(310) 388-DIFF (3433)

AMC Theatres, The Grove Los Angeles
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles CA 90036

The Writers’ Corner
Executive Panel & Finalists Event