2020posterDIFF Submission and Awards submission

DaVinci International Film Festival (DIFF) is an organization devoted to independent film, documentary, and screenwriting from around the world.  We advance the careers of filmmakers and Creatives through our award-winning platform, networking, and strategic international partnerships.  DIFF accepts a wide range of entertainment properties (Categories) through our Programs (Film Festival, STORYLINE℠, DIFFdocs, and DaVinci Film Institute) to honor the independent filmmaking community worldwide.  Categories include long and short format narrative, animation, documentary, music video, and screenwriting.


DIFF operates as a quarterly festival, qualifying finalists and winners in feature, short, documentary, and screenwriting.  Winners in these categories are honored with our Vitruvian Award™ and go on to screen at a live showcase event for their shot at the festival’s most coveted award—The Leo.  Please visit our FAQ section for answers to our more popular questions.


DIFF 2021 will be held at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC*

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Each quarter, DIFF’s Jury and Board of Directors qualify Finalists in feature, short, documentary, animation, and screenwriting.  These finalists are then notified via FilmFreeway of their nomination as well as published on the DIFF website.  Vitruvian Award™ winners† for each quarter will be announced in SEPTEMBER 2021 and go on to screen at our live showcase event in Washington DC.

For submission dates, please visit our film festival partner, FilmFreeway.  Format questions?

† Considered “Official Selection” in traditional festival nomenclature.

IMPORTANT:  DIFF OFFERS ENTRY WAIVERS ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS.  For submission discounts and promos, follow us on our social networks.

  • The Leo Award
  • Vitruvian Award
  • US Distribution* (Feature Film) for Vitruvian Award winners
  • Script consultation (Short & Feature) for Vitruvian Award winners
  • Colorspace Finishing Award ($1000 Short Film / $2000 Feature Film)*
  • Sponsors Award Package (Subscriptions, Memberships, Software, etc.)
  • Digital Awards package (Certificate & Laurel)

* Value in professional services.

* Subject to change without notice   † Vitruvian and Leo Award qualifiers. 


All Entrants understand that “Official Selections” are recognized as Vitruvian Award™ winners at DIFF, and are selected from our group of Finalists each quarter.  Only Vitruvian Award™ winners will go on to screen at the DaVinci International Film Festival Live Event Showcase annually.  All Finalists are encouraged to attend and will be mentioned in the DIFF Program.

DIFF operates as a quarterly film festival, and all material submitted to DIFF will be entered into a quarterly competition series in respective categories.  UNSCRIPTED IP, including treatment, logline, synopsis, sizzle reel or otherwise associated with submitted unscripted project MUST AGREE to our Policy and Rights Release Agreement prior to submission.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  Any and all unscripted work will NOT BE REVIEWED by any employee, associate or otherwise affiliate of DIFF prior to a satisfied Rights Release Agreement.

By submitting your project (all categories) you agree and allow the DaVinci International Film Festival (DIFF) to showcase, publish, screen or otherwise promote the submitted project (Finalist or Vitruvian Award™ winners) and are obligated to your commitment* for the live event.  Live Showcase Event projects (Vitruvian’s/Honorable Mentions) will screen using DCP file format.  Questions?  Please contact us!

The DaVinci Film Institute grant program seeks to award one (or more) duly qualified candidate(s) each calendar year with a film grant.  The DFI program is funded by a portion of the festival’s submission proceeds.  DIFF, the DaVinci Film Institute and related affiliates, reserve the right to cancel this Award and/or roll admission to the following year at its sole discretion.

* We ask that our Vitruvian Award winning filmmakers attend the Live Event Showcase, but if it is not possible, DIFF still requires filmmaker(s) to provide film file/s as well as print materials for the screening and Program.  Please contact us with any questions.  Thank you and good luck!

Still have questions?  Check out our Submission FAQ Page.


DaVinci Film Festival proudly accepts entries through our film festival partner, FilmFreeway which offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Submit with confidence by clicking a logo below.

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