WHAT'S YOUR STORY?

To make a great film you need three things — the script, the script, and the script.
– Alfred Hitchcock

Everyone has a story ... what's yours?

Screenwriting is where it’s at, or should we say … where it begins.  At DIFF, we believe that every great picture starts with a great screenplay, and so we set out to HONOR writers who are committed to the craft — those who work tirelessly to create new worlds, rich characters, compelling conflict, and stories that forever change us.

STORYLINE awards quarterly winners with DIFF’s Vitruvian Award™.  These writers will automatically be entered into the annual competition for their shot at The Leo — DIFF’s most prized commendation.  In addition to The Leo, our winner will receive an award package from festival sponsors.

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.
  • 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 absolutely no circumstances will substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entry script(s) 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 uploaded in PDF format.  Scripts will not be returned.
  • Competition judges, readers and employees of STORYLINE or the DaVinci International Film Festival (DIFF) Screenplay Competition, past and present, and their immediate friends and families, are not eligible to enter.
  • Previous winners of the STORYLINE Screenplay Competition are not eligible
  • Scripts submitted under a pen name will be immediately disqualified.
  • Script title cannot be changed after submission under any circumstances.
AWARDS

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

The Leo Award

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

The Vitruvian Selection (“Official Selection”) is qualified quarterly by DIFF’s Jury and Board of Directors and remain in competition for The Leo Award for “Best Screenplay” at the live event.

Honorable Mention

Much like our film divisions at DIFF, we receive so many great screenplays and unfortunately can not honor all.  But we do extend an Honorable Mention on occasion.
2021 VITRUVIAN SELECTIONS

OFFICIAL SELECTION AND IN COMPETITION FOR DIFF’S LEO AWARD

Feature Film Screenplay
THE MINEFIELD
Written by Quinn Redeker, Jason Skorski

Stage Play
THE NAME OF THE GAME
Written by Vaughn Roste

Short Screenplay
GLASSES
Written by Jasmine Wu

TV Spec Script
KILLING EVE
Written by Michele Dagle

FINALISTS

THE MORON
Written by Kevin J. Howard

PERSUASION
Written by Ruth Finnegan

WAVERLY
Written by Peter Andrews

WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN GEORGIA
Written by Louise Schwarz

TRIBE
Written by Laila Abdo

MOTHER IN THE MIST
Written by Kay Niuyue Zhang

THE LAST DAY OF PARADISE
Written by Kiki Denis

SEMI-FINALISTS

PARASOMNIAC
Written by Devi Bhaduri

THE OMORI HOUSE
Written by Kevin J. Howard

MAVENMOON
Written by Matt Lewis

REPTILE LOGIC
Written by Matthew Paul Wexler

LUNATIC FRINGE
Written by Ken White

THE REAL THING
Written by Matthew Papadopoulos

COLD SERVICE
Written by Peter Strupp

FLAME
Written by Derek McDaniel

THE GAN GET DIVERSE
Written by Jordan Champagne

LOOK ME IN THE EYES
Written by Christa Cusack O’Neill

OPERATION FIREFLY
Written by Liane Young

GOOD LUCK CHUCK
Written by Peter Pastuszek

UNISON KISMET: THE TWIN SAMARITAN
Written by Francesco Capussela

GHOST WRITER
Written by Courtney Hull

ENDS
Written by Timothy Paul Coderre

THE ALIENIST
Written by Tali Zingman

GREENWICH VILLAGE DAYS
Written by Michael Volpe, Andrew M Volpe

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