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@tdiff.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

DIFF is new. Is it legit?

Absolutely.  A marathon starts with a single step, right?  So here we go.  Our founders have over 50 years of experience in the entertainment industry, and have written, produced, Executive Produced, sold, optioned, festival-ed, won Awards, spoke on panels, created companies, and are intimately familiar with the ins-and-outs of showbiz — from concept through distribution.  You’re in good hands.

We chose the online/Award Event platform, because ultimately that is where we feel our filmmakers and Creatives will get the biggest bang for their buck.  So much is achieved online nowadays, and our platform affords a range of industry-driven capabilities to further develop each respective project.  Vitruvian Award winners in feature, short, and screenwriting will go on to showcase at our Live Event for their shot at The Leo Award.  Learn more about our format here.

What is the Festival's format?

Check it out here.

Do "Official Selections" screen at the Live Event?

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

DIFF operates different than traditional festivals when awarding our Official Selections.  When a film is given an “Official Selection” status at DIFF, it does NOT necessarily mean that it will screen at our Live Event.  It means they are one step closer to winning the Vitruvian Award, which is what will qualify the project for screening.  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 and our contribution to this program.  You can read more about it here, and access the grant application for download.  Please note that you must have a submitted project to the festival in order to pre-qualify (among other qualifiers).  Thank you and good luck!

When does the festival take place?

The DaVinci International Film Festival (DIFF) hosts a quarterly online series for over 20 competitive categories, and a yearly live event to showcase our winning films.  Our Vitruvian films (FEATURE & SHORT FILM QUARTERLY WINNERS) will go on to showcase at our first annual red carpet Event in Los Angeles, California in May 2018.

Where does the festival take place?

DIFF operates as a Premier Online/Award Event Film Festival.  Our quarterly competition series is strictly online.  Award winners will be invited to showcase at our red carpet Live Event at the Monica Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles California USA.

How much is the entry fee?

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

Do you have Earlybird and Late fee structure?

Yes we do.  Our Earlbird pricing is generally $35 and Extended is $60 for most categories (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?

Yes, please submit payment via Paypal.com to: submissions@tdiff.org.  IMPORTANT:  You must add the title of your project to any payment, otherwise we will consider it a nice tip 🙂

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.

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.

Each quarter DIFF presents our winners in FEATURE, SHORT and SCREENWRITING categories with our Vitruvian Award, who will later go on to showcase their films (8 films total) at the end of the year at our Live Event Showcase in Los Angles.  Here, they will all be in the running for the The Leo Award, which will be presented at our After Party to the winning film.

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

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 can I pay?

Payment is accepted only in US dollars (USD) 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 our festival partner’s 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 "Official Selection"?

ANYWHERE AND EVERYWHERE.  We are just as proud as you are!  Also, please make sure to #davincifilmfestival or #diff on Facebook and Instagram.  You can also link to our SELECTIONS page, where we will list our Official Selections 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?

Screenplay submissions require:  1) Screenplay WITHOUT a title page.  Please do not have your name on any part of your script; 2) A logline; 3) Payment via our payment gateway partners.  For more information, please visit our submission page.

Do you mail the online winners their trophy?

DIFF Award winners will receive our digital award package, which will include DIFF Award Certificate and our winners laurel for download.  Winning filmmakers of our long and short format narratives will be awarded our Vitruvian Man Award, and will be invited to screen at our Live Showcase Event at the end of the year, and their shot at our Leo Award.

Vitruvian winners have two options to receive their statue:  They can either pick up their award at the Live Showcase Event, 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 awards@tdiff.org for more information.

Who's Leonardo da Vinci?

Hmm.  OK.  Check him out.

Something we missed?  Contact us.