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DaVinci International Film Festival (DIFF) is an organization devoted to showcasing and awarding the best independent film, multi-platform media, and screenwriting from around the world.  We advance the careers of filmmakers and Creatives through our online platform, Live Showcase Event, networking, and strategic partnerships.  DIFF accepts a wide-range of entertainment properties (Categories) to honor all those who come together to make compelling cinema.  Categories include long and short format narrative film, animation, documentary, music video, new media, and screenwriting.


DIFF operates as a quarterly online (qualifying) film festival that culminates in our Live Showcase Event.  Please visit our FAQ section for answers to our more popular questions regarding project submissions.  Our feature, short and screenwriting Vitruvian Award winners will be invited to attend our annual red carpet event in the Los Angeles area for screening and their shot at the Leo Award.  Other category award winners will be presented with a digital package, including the DIFF Award Certificate and winners Laurel.


Laemmle Theater, Los Angeles CA. USA

  • Call for Entries:  1st of the month (eg. May)
  • Earlybird Deadline:  ~11th of the month (eg. May)
  • Regular Deadline:  ~9th of the following month (eg. June)
  • Late Deadline:  ~7th of the following month (eg. July)
  • Extended Deadline: ~21st of same month (eg. July)
  • Notification: ~27th of same month (eg. July)
  • Winners Announced:  1st of the next month (eg. August)

For exact dates on current quarterly cycle, please visit our film festival partner, FilmFreeway. (~ = estimate)
† 4th Quarter is truncated to allow for travel preparation for any out of town 4th Quarter Vitruvian Award winners.  We will accept submissions after deadline on a case-by-case basis.  Contact us with any questions.

IMPORTANT:  DIFF DOES NOT OFFER ENTRY WAIVERS.  For submission discounts and promos, follow us on our social networks.

  • Feature Film †
  • Short Film †
  • STORYLINE℠  / Feature Screenplay †
  • STORYLINE℠  / Short Screenplay
  • Documentary †
  • Animation
  • Music Video

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


All Entrants understand that DIFF “Official Selections” are recognized as Vitruvian Award nominees.  Only Vitruvian Award winners go on to showcase at the DaVinci International Film Festival Live Event Showcase.

It is further understood that DIFF is an online quarterly Film Festival, and all material submitted to this festival will be entered into a quarterly competition series in respective, competitive categories.  ALL UNSCRIPTED content, including treatment, logline, synopsis, sizzle reel or otherwise associated with your unscripted project MUST AGREE to our Submission Policy and Rights Release Agreement.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  By submitting your project (all categories) you agree and allow for The DaVinci International Film Festival (DIFF) to showcase, publish, screen or otherwise promote Entrant’s project if it has been awarded an “Official Selection” to DIFF and obligated to your commitment* for our annual live event. Live Showcase Event films (Vitruvian winners) will screen using DCP file format.   Contact us for information, or visit our festival partner, Simple DCP and receive a DIFF discount for your DCP file.

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.  Questions?  Please contact

* 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 DCP film file as well as print materials for the Showcase and Program.  Please contact us with any questions.  Thank you.

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.