FORMALLY "COVIDaVINCI" by DaVinci International Film Festival.

GENiUS is a branded ultra-short program presented by the DaVinci International Film Festival; originally launched in 2020 as "COVIDaVINCI" -- a "Shelter-In-Place" film competition for those under strict mandates during quarantine.

ANYTHING GOES AT GENiUS. Well, within [creative] reason and interpretation, of course ...

We have made his program extremely affordable with huge upside and visibility for our Selections. It costs $10 to submit -- always has -- always will.

We are looking for bold. beautiful, and creative voices in this program. Voices that break boundaries with creative expression and explore new ways of storytelling. And all in 5 minutes or less, which we all know is part of the discipline.

Over the last two years, this program has seen thousands of entries and showcased hundreds of incredible projects that were in competition for DaVinci's "Audience Award". Our online-live hybrid model offers exponential visibility for our filmmakers to global audiences.

Our GENiUS Selections will screen online ahead of the live event with an integrated voting system for ticketed guests. The ultra-short with the most amount of votes will be awarded the Audience Award and screened at DIFF 2020 live event.

- Selection laurel from DaVinci International Film Festival
- Sponsorship Prizes / CloudSwag
- Program inclusion
- Audience Award
- Live Event Screening (for Audience Award winner)

PLEASE READ THE RULES & REGULATIONS BELOW BEFORE SUBMITTING.

If your project is over 5 minutes (TRT) even by a second, please DO NOT SUBMIT, as it will be disqualified and not reviewed.

GENiUS at DaVinci International Film Festival honors 100 ultra-short films with Official Selections and a shot at an Audience Award and prizes.

CLEAN AND SIMPLE:

- No longer than 5 minutes TRT
- All non-English speaking films must be presented with English subtitles.
- In the event of a film is withdrawn, DIFF will not refund or return any materials.
- Submit as many projects as you'd like! Each film requires its own entry fee.
- No porn

Questions? Please contact us at genius@davincifilmfestival.com

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  • Angel Alzona

    So honored to have been a part of this festival! Great communication from the organizers. It was an awesome outlet to showcase your work amongst other great films. Grateful to have won the Audience Award!

    November 2021
  • Betsy Stern

    A wonderful festival with excellent communication!

    October 2021

  • What a delightful festival!

    We’ll definitely be back with future projects.

    Highly recommend.

    October 2021
  • It was an amazing experience been part of the Festival, specially during the first edition during COVID

    February 2021
  • Jenn Lindsay

    This is a wonderful festival! They are so supportive of their artists, have amazing communication, and put a lot of effort into celebrating independent filmmaking. I highly recommend submitting your work to them!

    September 2020