The Diversity Film & Script Showcase recognizes films and screenplays with a member of an underrepresented community included as one of the following: Lead Character OR Filmmaker (Director, Writer, or Producer).

FILMS: The Diversity Film Showcase recognizes narrative and documentary features and shorts (including web episodes) in ALL genres.

SCRIPTS: The Diversity Script Showcase recognizes feature screenplays, shorts, and television scripts.

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>> SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS <<

== SCRIPTS ==
Accepting feature film screenplays, shorts and TV scripts in all genres. Script must include a member of an underrepresented community as a lead character OR the writer or co-writer. Each submission entry requires:

SCREENPLAY, SHORT or TELEPLAY
Feature screenplays must not exceed 135 pages. Television scripts must not exceed 75 pages. Shorts must not exceed 25 pages.

LOGLINE / SYNOPSIS
A brief description of your script’s story (up to 50 words).

WRITER’S BIO
A Writer’s Bio – may include background, resume, accolades, training, experience, as well as any upcoming projects.

== FILMS ==
Accepting narrative and documentary feature films, documentaries, shorts and web series in all genres. Film must include a member of an underrepresented community as either a lead character or a filmmaker (director, writer, or producer).

Each submission entry requires:

ONLINE SCREENER & PASSWORD
We accept submissions through FilmFreeway, which allows filmmakers to upload their projects directly to the platform or provide a link with a password to the protected video on Vimeo or YouTube. (Rest-assured, the showcase will maintain the privacy of your screener.)

LOGLINE / SYNOPSIS
A brief description of your film or web series (up to 50 words).

DIRECTOR’S BIO & STATEMENT
A Director’s Bio (may include background, resume, accolades, training, experience, as well as any upcoming projects), and a Director’s Statement about the film.

WRITER’S BIO & STATEMENT
A Writer’s Bio (may include background, resume, accolades, training, experience, as well as any upcoming projects), and a Writer’s Statement about the film.

WINNERS – SHOWCASE
Winning films and scripts receive:
* “Winner” Recognition Laurel
* Script or Film listed on the sponsor's website with logline and bio.

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS – SHOWCASE
Official Selections receive
* An “Official Selection” laurel
* Script or Film listed on the sponsor's website.

== SCRIPTS ==
* Entrant(s) must be 18 years of age or older.
* All entries must be in English.
* ALL genres are eligible.
* All script entries must be submitted in PDF format. No exceptions.
* Title Page: Include title and writer’s name.
* Script must include a member of an underrepresented community as either a lead character OR the writer or co-writer.
* Scripts must be in standard screenplay format. No exceptions.
* Feature screenplays must be between 85 and 120 pages. Television scripts must be between 20 and 60 pages. Web series and shorts may be up to 25 pages.
* Both produced and un-produced scripts are eligible.
* Both represented and non-represented writers are eligible.
* Teams of writers are eligible.
* Scripts that have previously won a competition are eligible.
* Substitutions of corrected pages, revised material, or new drafts, require a new entry and payment.
* We DO NOT offer deadline extensions.
* We DO NOT offer fee waivers or discounts.
* WE DO NOT RESPOND TO REQUESTS FOR FEE WAIVERS, OR DISCOUNTS, OR DEADLINE EXTENSIONS.
* We DO NOT offer individual feedback on script submissions.
* All submission payments are final. We do not provide refunds.
* By submitting a script you confirm that you own the rights to the material submitted.
* By submitting a script you confirm that you have read and agree to our eligibility and rules. Judges decisions are final.

== FILMS ==
* Entrant(s) must be 18 years of age or older.
* We accept feature films up to 135 minutes in length and short films up to 40 minutes in length (including credits).
* All entries must be in English. If a film is not in English, it must include English language subtitles.
* Features, Shorts, and Web Series in ALL genres are accepted.
* Film must include a member of an underrepresented community as either a Lead Character or a Filmmaker (director, writer, or producer).
* We accept Documentary and Narrative Features, Shorts, and Web Series (including live action and animation).
* Multiple films are accepted. Each submission requires a separate entry.
* Films that contain explicit language, violence, and nudity will be accepted. Be sure to indicate if your film contains explicit language, violence, and/or nudity on the entry form.
* Films that have been produced within the last 5 years are eligible.
* Films that have previously won a festival are eligible.
* Films that have distribution are eligible.
* We DO NOT offer deadline extensions.
* We DO NOT offer fee waivers or discounts.
* WE DO NOT RESPOND TO REQUESTS FOR FEE WAIVERS, OR DISCOUNTS, OR DEADLINE EXTENSIONS.
* All submission payments are final. We do not provide refunds.
* By submitting a film you confirm that you own the rights to the film and material submitted.
* By submitting a film you confirm that you have read and agree to our eligibility and rules. Judges decisions are final.

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>> FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS <<

How do I submit my film or script?
Submissions are accepted via FilmFreeway

I am applying to film festivals that require my film not be available on the Internet. If I submit my project to the Diversity Film Showcase will I be disqualified from other festivals?
No. Diversity Film Showcase will never make your film available online.

Is there a way I can enter the showcase for free? Do you provide fee waivers for filmmakers and writers with financial hardships?
No, we do not offer fee waivers of any kind.

What if I change my mind about entering the showcase after making payment, can I receive a refund?
No, we do not offer refunds for any reason. No exceptions. Be sure to carefully read and verify your submission meets all criteria prior to entry.

Where does the money go for the entry fee?
Entry fees are used to pay professional screeners, readers, administrative labor fees, promotional expenses, and delivery costs.

Does the entrant retain rights to the submitted film or script?
Yes, entrants retain all the rights to their works.

If I win will I have to assign any rights to my film or script or any percentage of sales or future profits?
Absolutely not. Entrants retain all the rights to their works. Screeners, readers, judges and sponsors will not attach themselves to your material as a condition of you being designated a winner, nor will we demand any percentage of any sales you make as a result of entering or winning the showcase.

Can anyone have access to the full film or script once submitted?
No, submitted short films are only accessible to the assigned screener, judges, and our staff. Diversity Film & Script Showcase and its sponsor owns no rights to the submitted material and will not distribute your film or script publicly in any way.

Can I submit script in Final Draft or Word?
No, all entries must be submitted in PDF format. No exceptions.

How do I turn my screenplay document into a PDF file?
If you are using screenwriting software such as Final Draft or Movie Magic Screenwriting, the software will allow you to save your script as a PDF file. If you have written your script in Microsoft Word, you also have the option to save the document as a PDF file or to print as a PDF file (which saves the document in PDF format).

Do I have to include a Copyright or WGA registration number with my script submission?
No, it is not required, however we recommend you obtain a copyright or WGA registration number (or foreign equivalent) for your material.

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  • It's great to participate in a film festival that emphasizes diversity.

    September 2020
  • Sai Saripella

    Was named a winner and had another script make finalist. Didn't even have the person who set this up reach out to me to say hey.

    I guess I should've known better, they truly did the exact bare minimum described in the prizes section. My biggest takeaway is how stupid I am for not making my own script contest, slapping "diversity" or some other buzzword on it, and marketing it all over the online writing community. I bet I could make some killer cash and I wouldn't really even have to read any of the scripts or contact any of the outsiders/losers naive enough to spend money on small time showcases like this.

    August 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Sai

    I am sorry to learn you feel you had a negative experience being named a winner and official selection in the Diversity Film & Script Showcase. I welcome critical feedback that allows us to address specific concerns writers and filmmakers may have with the competition so we may continue to improve everyone's experience.

    It's surprising to receive a 1-star review for the single issue you state, which is that no one reached out to you personally about your placement in the showcase, especially since you did not raise that concern when one of our team members engaged with you privately. Every submitter is notified about placement through the Film Freeway platform, and also receives ongoing communication directly from Ink & Cinema.

    While I sense your frustration about disreputable competitions that may exist, the accusations in your review have no connection to the Diversity Film & Script Showcase. Ink & Cinema, along with providing free resources for writers & filmmakers, organizes legitimate niche competitions to showcase scripts and films that may not otherwise receive recognition. The showcase is going into its 5th year and, like the other competitions we sponsor, receives many positive reviews from submitters.

    Many writers value including their winner or official selection laurel when pitching their scripts to producers, executives and managers - specifically because of the fact that we run "small showcases" that focus on niche stories and genres. While we do not provide the cache of a "big-name competition" placement, our showcases do provide the benefit of being identified as one of the best-of-the-best within a specific niche (identifying the best diversity scripts out of exclusively diversity script submissions lends validity to the recognition).

    We honor every item stated in the entry form. Rest-assured all scripts are read, and every film is viewed. The competition is not marketed anywhere, and certainly not "all over the online writing community" (the opportunity to submit is offered exclusively to the Ink & Cinema community, and we list the competition only on Film Freeway and our website).

    I have reached out to you personally should you wish to discuss this further, and to discover what your specific expectations of the competition are and if I may be able to assist you.

  • Nicole Chrysostom-Murray

    I am truly thrilled that my dramedy pilot, RHYTHM & BREW, was chosen as a 2020 Official Selection; and I sincerely appreciate the festival's ongoing efforts to create opportunities for underrepresented voices to be heard and a wider range of stories to be told. Viewers want variety and the work of professional industry organizations, like The Diversity Film & Script Showcase, is exactly the type of tireless dedication needed to ensure screenwriters from all walks of life have an opportunity to share their creativity and love for the craft with the world.

    August 2020
  • Such a wonderful festival! The mix of film and screenplays was a clever combination! Appreciate the effort that went into judging and recognizing so many diverse writers!!

    August 2020
  • KAREN WALKER

    A great opportunity to showcase BattleCries with the world. I am proud to be chosen as a winner . Diversity comes in all spectrums and I believe they captured a beautiful lens this year.

    October 2019