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Welcome to How to Fest — your 2024 DaVinci International Film Festival overview!  Browse the important information below and scroll through the adjacent tabs to prepare for this year’s Festival and Experience the DIFF.  Official Selections and live event program can be found here.

Key Dates
  • DaVinci Film Festival: February 23-25, 2024
    • Friday, February 23rd: Opening Night (Welcome, Early Will Call (5PM AMC), Feature and Filmmaker Q&A)
    • Saturday, February 24th: Day 1 Festival Programming (10AM – 9PM)
    • Sunday, February 25th: Day 2 Festival Programming (10AM – 7PM)
    • Sunday, February 25th: DIFF Leo Awards & After Party** (Awards: 7PM – 9PM)
  • Tickets on Sale: (GET YOURS NOW)
  • Recommended Lodging: Short Stories Hotel USE CODE: DIFF24 for 20% OFF.
  • Festival Program (Film Info, DIFF Ratings, etc.): January 23rd, 2024
  • DIFF Online Festival Screening: February 23-25th, 2024 (davincifestivalonline.com)
Customer Support & Ticketing Terms

If you have Festival-related questions after browsing through other How to Fest tabs and our FAQ section, please contact us.

Ticketing Terms:

All-Access badge does NOT guarantee seating.  All-Access guest are granted admission to all films, events, awards, and After Party, but seats are on a first come, first served basis.  Ticketed guests are guaranteed a seat, however, unclaimed ticketed seats will be forfeited five (5) minutes prior to screening or event.

Press & Media

Securing accreditation through the DaVinci Film Foundation Office provides additional benefits for professional attendees.  Please submit your request here.

Dive into the world of independent cinema at the DaVinci International Film Festival! Explore our ticketing page to discover the perfect package for your cinematic adventure.

How to Purchase a Badge or Film Block
  • Please visit our ticketing page
  • Select an All-Access Badge to Experience the DIFF and get the best bang for your buck, or;
  • Select a specific Film Block or Panel Event*
  • Click on the Purchase button on that respective pass and you will be sent to our ticket vendor to complete your purchase
  • Although we will have a record of your purchase, PLEASE BRING YOUR CONFIRMATION to pick up your Badge or day pass
How to purchase a Single Block of Films Ticket

Wanting to see a specific film?  Please visit our program page before navigating to ticketing.

  • Please visit our Program page (Detailed film info coming soon!)
  • Note the time and theater of the film you are wanting to see
  • Visit our ticketing page and click to purchase a single block, or go directly to our ticking vendor
  • One you are at Ticket Tailor (ticket vending partner) you can match the time and theater selection for check out.
  • Although we will have record of your purchase, PLEASE BRING YOUR BARCODE CONFIRMATION to the festival
Refund Policy

All sales are final.  Please see our Refund Policy for more information.

Attending as a Group?

Contact boxoffice@davincifilm.org to learn more about Group Discounts.

Attend In Person & Credentials/Tickets

All-access badgeholders can pick up their credentials as early as Friday night at 6PM at AMC Theaters, The Grove: Mezzanine Level. Day-of badge pickup will be available starting at 9AM in the mezzanine at AMC Theaters.  Please bring a valid ID for pick up.

Ticketed guests for single film blocks and panel events must bring proof of ticket purchase (confirmation email with barcode) and valid ID for entry.

We’re so excited to meet you! Thank you for joining us this year at DIFF.

Badge Pickup Locations:

  • All-access badges/Early Will Call & Opening Night: Friday night at 6PM, AMC Theaters, The Grove: Mezzanine Level.
  • Day-of badges: Starting at 9AM, AMC Theaters, The Grove: Mezzanine Level.
  • Single film block or panel event guests: Simply bring your purchase confirmation email (has a barcode on it)



Expand your Festival Experience


We’re thrilled to announce that we will be expanding our Official Selections beyond the walls of the theater.  Join us online!

Enjoy over 100 films (Official Selection overflow, Honorable Mention, Shorts Program, and Storyline) on demand:

  • Due to limited theater capacity, only a portion of our Official Selections will be screened live at the February 23-25, 2024, event.
  • DIFF Online offers video-on-demand access to over 100 additional films, including:
    • In-competition selections: Witness the best of independent cinema competing for the Leo, Jr. Leo, and Audience Awards
    • Honorable Mention films: Discover hidden gems recognized for their originality and artistry.
    • Narrative, documentary, and animation films: Explore a diverse range of genres and cinematic expressions.

More than just movies:

  • Dive deeper into the filmmaking process with filmmaker and screenwriter bios.
  • Capture your own red-carpet moment with access to DIFF’s virtual step-and-repeat banner!
  • Make your voice heard! DIFF Online guests have the exclusive privilege of voting for the DaVinci’s GENiUS category Audience Award.


DIFF Online will be available from February 23-25, 2024. Get your tickets for online access now.


Content Rating:

Please note that the majority of projects in our Festival program have not been formally rated. DIFF assigns a subjective rating to each film block (“DIFF Rating”), which you will find in both our online and printed program.

Look for the red dot:

  • A red dot (🔴)next to a film block indicates mature content.
  • DIFF curates bold and creative films, some of which can be provocative and may not be suitable for all viewers.

Before you buy:

To ensure the film is appropriate for everyone in your group, please review the detailed description before purchasing a specific film block. You can find these descriptions in our online and printed program guides. (AVAIL ONLINE 1/23)

AMC, The Grove Los Angeles & Short Stories Hotel

If you haven’t been to The Grove in LA … you’re in for a treat.

Nestled within the vibrant heart and world-famous Grove Marketplace, DaVinci at AMC Theaters offers the perfect escape into the world of independent cinema. Relax in plush, stadium-style seating and enjoy award-winning films on the big screen.


189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Short Stories Hotel: Official Partner of DaVinci International Film Festival

Use code: DIFF24 for room discount.  This code is good up until 3 days to the event.

Short Stories Hotel is a vibrant boutique haven where design meets comfort. This newly-reimagined hotel offers a unique escape from the ordinary, immersing guests in a curated environment that celebrates the art of storytelling.

A fusion of style and comfort:

  • Unwind from you day at DIFF in stylish and spacious rooms designed with a contemporary aesthetic and a touch of vintage charm.
  • Enjoy custom-designed furnishings, plush bedding, and modern amenities tailored for your ultimate comfort.
  • Immerse yourself in the creative spirit of the hotel, where every detail tells a unique story.

More at shortstorieshotel.com.  This is a boutique hotel located across from The Grove with limited rooms.  It’s recommended if you are coming in for the festival to book your room in by the first week of February.  DIFF passholder?  Show proof of your credentials and get a nice discount on your room!

Nice Casual: The outfit should be clean, well-fitting, and put-together. You should look like you made an effort to look your best, but you should also be comfortable.  In short, dress like you want to be on camera.

Awards and After Party: While we appreciate people looking their best, these are not formal gala events.

Here are some additional tips for dressing for the DaVinci International Film Festival:

  • Consider the weather. Los Angeles in February is typically mild, with highs in the mid-60s to low-70s and lows in the mid-40s to low-50s. However, it can rain, so be sure to check the forecast.
  • Pay attention to the venue. The festival takes place at The Grove, which is a historic, upscale, entertainment complex. You may want to dress a little more formally than you would for a film festival that takes place at a more casual venue.
  • Be yourself! The most important thing is to feel comfortable and confident in what you are wearing.
  • Avoid. Graphic t-shirts, flip-flops, torn or revealing clothing, and attire that could be deemed offensive or disruptive.


  • Respectful Communication:  Be mindful of your language and behavior, ensuring it is respectful and inclusive towards all attendees, staff, and filmmakers.  If you are invited to speak in front of DIFF audiences (panel, event, Q&A), please refrain from using offensive language.
  • Consideration for Others:  Be mindful of noise levels and distractions, allowing others to enjoy the festival experience fully.
  • Positive Representation:  We encourage all guests to uphold the positive and professional image of the festival through their attire and behavior.
  • Politics: This is not a political platform.