How Does It Work?

  • DIFF operates as a quarterly film festival.  “Official Selections” are recognized as Vitruvian Award nominees or “Finalists”.
  • Winners of the Vitruvian Award for best quarterly FEATURE FILM, SHORT FILM, DOCUMENTARY and SCREENWRITING categories, will go on to showcase at DIFF’s annual live red carpet event in Hollywood, CA.
  • Twelve (12) films will screen at the live event in front of friends, family, and industry professionals, for their shot at The Leo Award (Best of Fest).
  • Select Honorable Mentions will be showcased at the Live Event.*†
  • Long and short formats will compete in their respective categories for The Leo††.
  • Each showcase (one (1) feature paired with one (1) short) will be followed by filmmaker Q&A.
  • After the final showcase, DIFF will host an After Party, where The Leo’s and Sponsorship prizes will be presented.

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* Honorable Mentions do not compete for The Leo.
† Honorable Mentions that showcase will be under 10 minutes in length.
†† Long and short subject documentaries (Diffdocs) compete against each other for the Leo Award.