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 storylinefestival.com or davincifilmfestival.com


- Submitted scripts must be original and the sole property of the applicant(s)*
- Feature and Short scripts narrative 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

*Original Works: The script is wholly based on the writer’s own, unique imagination and is not adapted from outside material. The ONLY EXCEPTION at DIFF Storyline is if the writer(s) currently holds exclusive rights/Option to the source material.

Overall Rating
  • Mark Harris

    We are incredibly grateful for our feature screenplay, Affliction, to have been named a Finalist in the 2022 Storyline Competition. The very fortunate success of our project aside, I'd recommend DIFF and Storyline to anyone eager to find a supportive and professional platform for their work. The festival is extraordinarily well run, takes place in a fantastic venue, and the communication with the DIFF team was top notch. I very much look forward to continuing to work with and build with DIFF in the future.

    October 2022
  • Joan Moran

    Storyline (DIVINCI Film Festival) gave me a wonderful experience. They were prompt and courteous with any inquiries. I was lucky enough to win a finalist recognition. I rate the contest 5 stars.
    Joan Moran - Once A Homecoming Queen

    September 2022
  • Vaughn Roste

    So happy to have my stage play THE NAME OF THE GAME selected as the 2021 Leo Award winner, beating out features. documentaries, and screenplays - the first time a stage play has ever won this award. The Final Draft 12 software alone was worth it - thanks for much for the validation!

    November 2021
  • So thrilled for my Supernatural Crime Thriller pilot script, 'Look Me In The Eyes', to place as a semi-finalist.

    October 2021
  • I'm truly honored to have my comedy/horror "The Moron" as a Finalist and my horror feature "The Omori House" as a Semi-Finalist! Thank you so much!

    October 2021