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

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

Vitruvian Award™

The Vitruvian Award is given to selected quarterly screenwriters, who are [then] automatically entered into the running for our Leo Award for the live showcase 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.

FIRST QUARTER

MISMATCH
Written by
Bernhard Riedhammer

LEO AWARD WINNER

RED CELL
Written by
Ethan Fenn

THIRD QUARTER

PROTECTOR OF EMERALD CITY
Written by
Kevin J. Howard

FOURTH QUARTER

MARS IS OURS
Written by
Clifford David Paris

2020 FINALISTS

38 DAYS
Feature Screenplay
Caroline Rovello

SHRIMP
Feature Screenplay
Nicole Jones

THE OOPSY-DAISY GIRL/BLACK MOON LILTH
Feature Screenplay
Jennifer Rubin

HAPPY MEDIUM
Feature Screenplay
Aaron Lieben

THE LAST CHAPTER
Stage Play
Jan Miller Corran

NOVA
TV Pilot
David McAbee

HEAVY FLOW
Short Screenplay
Paige Wood

THE POSTCARD
Feature Screenplay
Mike Sorrinni

A MOST PERFECT GENTLEMAN
Stage Play
Mark J Boden

NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING
Short Screenplay
Michael Hogan

BREAKING & ENTERING
Short Screenplay
Michael Hogan

DR. HEART
TV Pilot
Caroline Rovello

CONCERTMISTRESS
Feature Screenplay
Caroline Rovello

NO FALL MYHAND
Stage Play
Amy Losi

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY – MILLENNIUM BUGS
TV Pilot
Anna Koukouli Born & Rodrigo Afonso Dornelles

LOVE BITES
Stage Play
Kevin Glover

AT THE MERCY OF FAITH
Feature Screenplay
Samuel Taylor

MACHIAVELLI
Feature Screenplay
Santi Esposito-Rose

HEARD
Feature Screenplay
Maureen Chappell Sasscer

WILDFLOWERS
Feature Screenplay
Corey Lee Wilson

OPEN CARRY
Feature Screenplay
Marc Ketchem

GOLDEN POTS
TV Pilot
Pedro Canais

GEORGIE AND THE CHRONONAUTS
Feature Screenplay
Eduardo Soto-Falcon

LAST THURSDAY
Short Screenplay
Kevin Machate

INVERSION
Feature Screenplay
Suzy Stein & Fernando Perez

TOURIST TRAP
SUPERBUG
Short Screenplay
Gio Forlenza

VISCERAL FATHERLAND
Feature Screenplay
LeLe Park

JACKIE RAE
Feature Screenplay
Kip Pearson

MODERN ART
Feature Screenplay
Laurence Fuller

THE PEOPLE vs. FRANKENSTEIN
Stage Play
Kevin Glover & Nicola Cuti

WAR AND PEACE 2044
Feature Screenplay
Lucia Braccalenti

LAB PARTNERS
PREPARE THE WAY
Short Screenplay
Tommy Britt

FLYING BIRD’S DIARY
Stage Play
Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel

A BEAUTIFUL DAY
Short Screenplay
J. Logan Alexander

EDDIE
Stage Play
David Robinette

HOLDING ON
Short Screenplay
Frances Jin

FAITHFUL SHADOW
THE SEEDLING
Feature Screenplay
Kevin J. Howard

RIDING SHOTGUN
Feature Screenplay
Nafi Ayvaci

EI8HTY-EI8HT
Short Screenplay
Doug Maguire

THE SON RISES
Short Screenplay
Alexander G. Seyum

THE ROAD OF ROSE
Feature Screenplay
Annette Roding

CALL FOR ENTRIES

2021 VITRUVIAN AWARDS OPENS OCTOBER 1st, 2020

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