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 DaVinci’s Vitruvian Selection™.  These writers go on to compete at DIFF’s annual event for their shot at The Leo the festival’s most prized commendation.

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 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

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.

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.

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