DaVinci International Film Festival (DIFF) is devoted to celebrating independent film, documentary, and screenwriting from around the world.  We advance the careers of filmmakers and screenwriters through our award-winning platform, networking, and strategic partnerships.  DIFF offers a wide range of in-competition programming including narrative, documentary, animation, and screenwriting (STORYLINE).

FEBRUARY 23-25 2024

DIFF operates as a quarterly festival, qualifying finalists and “Vitruvian Selections” in a number of categories.  Selections in these categories are invited to screen at DaVinci’s live showcase event and remain in competition for the festival’s most coveted award—The Leo.  Please visit the FAQ for more information.


AMC at The Grove, Los Angeles CA


Each quarter, DIFF’s Jury and Board of Directors are tasked with qualifying finalists in feature, short, documentary, animation, and screenwriting.  These ‘Vitruvian Selections’ are notified via FilmFreeway of their nomination and go on to screen in competition at our festival event at AMC Theatres, The Grove in Los Angeles, CA.

For submission dates, please visit our film festival partner, FilmFreeway.  Questions? info@davincifilm.org

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
  • Streamer Distribution Deal with rev share
  • Billboard in Southern California for your movie!
  • Sponsors Award/ Swag Package
  • Digital Awards Package (Certificate & Laurel)
  • DaVinci Alumni Network
  • GENiUS (Audience Award)
  • Narrative (feature and short)
  • Screenwriting / STORYLINE
  • Documentary (feature and short)
  • Animation
  • Honorable Mention
  • Music Video
  • Guest Showcase / Premiere

“Vitruvian Selections” are recognized as “Official Selections” at DIFF and are invited to screen at the festival’s live event showcase and remain in competition for DaVinci’s coveted Leo Award.

Please visit FilmFreeway for a full list of rules & regulations.

By submitting your project you agree and allow the DaVinci International Film Festival (DIFF) to showcase, publish, screen, tease, or otherwise promote the submitted project (Finalist or Vitruvian Selections) and are obligated to your commitment* for the live event.

Questions about other DIFF programs?  Please visit their respective websites or contact us at info@davincifilmfestival.com. Thank you.

* Due to our exclusive format, we ask that Vitruvian Selections make every effort possible to attend the festival, however, if it is not possible, DIFF will still require filmmaker(s) to provide film file/s as well as print materials for showcase and Program.  Please contact us with any questions.  

Still have questions?  Check out our Submission FAQ Page.


DaVinci International 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 the program ID below.

Junior Leo Awards®