We’ve listed a number of popular Q&A below regarding How to Fest with DIFF, but should you have additional questions that are not answered here, please feel free to contact us at info@davincifilm.org.  Alternatively you can fill out our contact form here, and someone will get back to you soon.

What does DIFF stand for?

DaVinci International Film Festival


STORYLINE℠ is DaVinci International Film Festival’s screenwriting competition series.  Here at DIFF, we believe all this beautiful madness starts with a great screenplay, and due to the high volume of professional-level material we have received each quarter, we launched a division brand to solely represent our screenwriting competition.  Learn more here.

What is the Festival's format?

Check it out here.

Do "Finalists" screen at the Live Event?

First of all, Kudos to you, if you’ve received an “Finalist” position at DIFF.  That’s amazing, congratulations!

DIFF operates different than traditional festivals when awarding our selected films.  When a film is given an “Finalist” status at DIFF, it does NOT mean that it will screen at our Live Event.  It means the film has been nominated for our Vitruvian Award.  If the project is [then] selected as our Vitruvian winner, that project will be invited to showcase at our Live Event, and be in the running for our Leo Award.  Click here to see how this looked for our opening quarter competition.

Where can I learn more about DaVinci Film Institute?

We are excited to introduce the DaVinci Film Institute in partnership with Coca-Cola and The Lopez Foundation, hosted at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, 2021.  Learn more about the DIFF program here.

When does the festival take place?

The DaVinci International Film Festival (DIFF) hosts a quarterly online competition series that qualifies Vitruvian Award winners to screen their films (along with Honorable Mentions) at our annual Live Showcase Event.  Please link to our FilmFreeway profile to see where we are at with submission deadlines for the current quarter.  Our live Showcase Events are held at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, California USA.

Where does the festival take place?

DIFF Vitruvian Award winners will be invited to showcase at our red carpet Live Event at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

How much is the entry fee?

Price ranges from $30-60 based on category and deadline.  We do not offer waivers or refunds.

Do you have Earlybird and Late fee structure?

Yes we do.  Our Earlybird pricing is generally $35 and Extended is $60. (Students have a reduced rate; please check our FilmFreeway submission platform for exact pricing).

Can I get refunded if my project is not eligible?

No, we do not issue refunds if your project is not eligible.  Therefore, please carefully check the guidelines of the section(s) if the film is eligible or not prior to submitting your project.

Do you accept PayPal?

Not at this time.

I don't have a credit card. What can I do?

Unfortunately we do not accept checks or other forms of payment at this time.  We work with our secured payment gateway partners at both FilmFreeway and Paypal.

I'm a student. What are the conditions?

There is a reduced submission fee to enter DIFF competitions for all of our eager young filmmakers.  Please check the platform for student rates.  Valid student ID must be presented for discount.

I would like to submit my project to more than one section. Do I have to pay an entry fee for each section?


Do you have Premiere status requirements at DIFF?

We’re not looking to stake claim on your premiere status.  DIFF does not have any formal premiere policies for any of our submissions OTHER THAN UNSCRIPTED / REALITY TV CONCEPTS.  That said, your film project can not be older than ONE YEAR (1) since lock picture.

If your unscripted concept has been socialized (shared) with any network executives, associates or even third uncles removed from these folks at the networks — not to mention directly presented to any network, studio or production company, then PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT your project.  We are savvy to network mandates and what’s been out there (pitched).  DIFF and its unscripted strategic partners also have reputations to uphold in the industry, and it’s never a good idea to go into a meeting and present a project we endorse that has already been seen.  There are NO REFUNDS if you accidentally forgot that you showed this to a friend of yours who serves coffee at The Shark Tank.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

Tell me about The Leo Award

The Leo is our most prized award at the DaVinci Film Festival.  It is our BEST OF FEST for each qualifying category.

Each quarter DIFF presents our winners in FEATURE, SHORT, DOCUMENTARY and SCREENWRITING categories with our Vitruvian Award, who will later go on to showcase their films (12 films total) each year at our Live Showcase Event in Los Angles.  Here, they will all be in the running for the The Leo, which will be presented at our After Party to the winning film.  Our quarterly Vitruvian screenwriters from STORYLINE will also go on to compete for the Leo at our Live Event.

The Leo winner is selected by an appointed DIFF Film Committee of industry professionals who will cast their vote for the winning films and screenplay.

What are your Submission Dates?

We have given a ‘general’ idea of our deadlines each quarter on our submission page, but we suggest bookmarking our festival platform websites for most accurate dates and deadlines.  Please contact us with any questions.

What categories do you accept?

How can I submit?

We accept submission through our festival partner, FilmFreeway, as well as direct submission via our website using our secured PayPal gateway.  For more information, please visit our submission page.

How old can my project be? (year completion restrictions)

Your FILM PROJECT must be no more than one (1) year old from ‘picture lock’ at the time of submission to DIFF.

We do not have any restrictions for screenwriting submissions at STORYLINE.

How can I pay?

Payment is accepted only in US dollars (U$D) through our secured Paypal payment gateway or via our festival partner platforms.  Unfortunately we do not accept checks at this time.  A photocopy of your valid student ID must be enclosed with payment (if submitting under STUDENT category).  Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any refunds.

What if I don't get in, can I get a refund?

Unfortunately we are unable to issue refunds.

When will I be notified?

Roughly around the 27th of the quarterly cycle.  Please reference exact dates of any given quarterly festival series on FilmFreeway website.  If you are submitting to our May 1, 2017 festival, for example, our notification date is around July 27th, and our winners announcement / issuing of our Vitruvian Awards, DIFF Certificates and winner laurels, is August 1st, 2017.

Where can I post my "Finalist" or "Vitruvian winner" selection?

ANYWHERE AND EVERYWHERE.  We are just as proud as you are!  Also, please make sure to #davincifilmfestival on Facebook and Instagram.  You can also link to your respective SELECTIONS page, where we will list our Finalists and Vitruvian Award winners (the link is in our main website navigation).

How can I get my project into the DIFF Spotlight?

Projects MUST BE nominated by a third party for Spotlight consideration.  Please read review our Spotlight terms & conditions here.

How do I submit my screenplay?

Welcome to STORYLINE.  Learn more about our submission guidelines, rules, and submit!

Screenplay submissions require: 1) Screenplay with name on title page ONLY.  Please do NOT have your name on script pages. 2) Payment via our payment gateway partners.  For more information, please visit STORYLINE.

Do you mail the winners their trophy?

DIFF winners will receive our digital award package, which will include DIFF Award Certificate and winner laurel for download.  In addition to our digital package, our quarterly Vitruvian Award winners will receive our Vitruvian Award, and will be invited to screen at our Live Showcase Event at the end of the year for their shot at The Leo.

Award winners have two options to receive their trophy and/or statue: they can either pick up their award at the Live Showcase Event when presented (preferred), or have it shipped to an address of their choice.  DIFF will ship within the continental USA at no charge; a nominal fee will be charged for international deliveries.  Questions? Contact info@davincifilm.org for more information.

Who's Leonardo da Vinci?

Hmm.  OK.  Check him out.

Something we missed?  Contact us.