Everyone has a story ... what's yours?

Screenwriting is where it's at, or should we say where it all begins. As Alfred Hitchcock once said ... "To make a great film you need three things -- the script, the script, the script."

At STORYLINE, we believe that every great picture starts with a great screenplay, and we set out to honor those writers who are committed to the craft in delivering such work. From new worlds, rich characters, and compelling conflict, STORYLINE celebrates long and short format narratives that will forever change us.

STORYLINE is a division program of the DaVinci International Film Festival and was founded by award-winning filmmakers and WGA screenwriters. For more information, please visit or

- DIFF's Leo Award* (Statue)
- Sponsors Prize Package (Software, services, and more!)
- Short Format winner(s) eligible for production with strategic production partner
- Long Format winner(s) eligible for Option and development services with strategic production partner

*Due to COVID-19, we will not be manufacturing / issuing physical awards.

- Submitted scripts must be original and the sole property of the applicant(s)
- Feature and Short scripts must be in Master Scene Format
- All entries must be in English
- Feature screenplays must be between 80-120 pages
- Short screenplays must be under 40 pages
- There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit
- You may not submit the same script more than once
- All entries must be uploaded in PDF format. Scripts will not be returned
- Under absolutely no circumstances will substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entry script(s) be accepted
- If a submitted script becomes optioned, produced, or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period, that script will no longer be eligible
- Competition judges, readers, and employees of STORYLINE or the DaVinci International Film Festival (DIFF) Screenplay Competition, past or present, and their immediate friends and families are not eligible to enter
- Previous winners of the STORYLINE Screenplay Competition are not eligible
- Scripts submitted under a pen name will be immediately disqualified
- Script title cannot be changed after submission under any circumstances

Overall Rating
  • THE REAL THING - Semi-Finalist.

    ⁣Thank you for the honor!

    October 2021
  • Caroline Rovello

    A true privilege and honor to be recognized and selected as a triple finalist; two feature screenplays and one tv pilot. The film selections available for screening were stellar. Solid communication throughout. Looking forward to 2021. Grazie mille!

    December 2020
  • Laurence Fuller

    Great marketing and professional look to everything they do. Also some great prizes and exposure. These guys were fantastic at facilitating my screenplay MODERN ART as a Finalist and communicating well in spite of all that was going on at the time!

    October 2020
  • If you'd like to get your work noticed... Submit! Submit! Submit!

    June 2019
  • Gemal Woods

    Truly awesome experience on the lot of a studio. Great people running the festival, selections were solid and the setting couldn't be more perfect.

    June 2019