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Screenwriting competition

The Broaden Your Horizons screenwriting competition is designed to inspire writers to keep writing. One great story simply isn't enough to advance in this industry. That is why we make the multiple submissions process easier and more affordable. We allow re-entry to those who purchase feedback. Our winners also enjoy a cultural escape to work on their next big hit. 

DIFF's Screenplay Competition is now accepting submissions for feature films/1-hour TV pilots and shorts/30-minute TV pilots. All entries are eligible for optional feedback from professional readers (highly recommended). 

Quarterfinalists announced on April 22, 2020. Winners revealed on May 27, 2020.

Let us help improve your scripts while you grow your portfolio.  

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Grand Prize

Feature/1 hour Pilot

$1,000

DIFF 2020 Star Pass

Professional Consultation

Writer's Enrichment Cruise

10 Script Pitches

Short/30 min. Pilot

$500

DIFF 2020 Star Pass

Professional Consultation

Writer's Enrichment Cruise

10 Script Pitches

Dollars

Runner Up

Feature/1 hour Pilot

$500

DIFF 2020 Star Pass

Professional Consultation

5 Script Pitches

Short/30 min. Pilot

$250

DIFF 2020 Star Pass

Professional Consultation

5 Script Pitches

Film Reel

Finalists

Feature/1 hour Pilot

$150

DIFF 2020 Star Pass

2 Script Pitches

Short/30 min. Pilot

$100

DIFF 2020 Star Pass

2 Script Pitches

judges

Each reader is an experienced industry professional (award-winning writers, producers, managers and agents) who will evaluate each script based on the strength of plot, characterization, format, originality, style, dialogue, pacing and current market potential. Scorecard will be provided after winners are announced.

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Johnathan Brownlee

Director, producer, writer, actor and executive director for DIFF (Three Days In August, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, Decoding Annie Parker)

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Teresa Cheng

Animation producer and production manager (Shrek Forever After, Madagascar, Batman & Robin, True Lies)

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Lisa Furfine

CEO of the Furfine Network, connecting sports and entertainment industry professionals (The New Celebrity Apprentice, SportsTravel magazine)

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Ken Estin

3-time Emmy winning screenwriter and producer (Taxi, Cheers, The Tracey Ullman Show, Beverly Hills Cop)

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Jana Memel

3-time Academy Award winning producer/writer/director  (So I Married An Axe Murderer, Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall, and Lieberman In Love

Feature

All early deadlines are eligible for our submit one, get one half off promotion. 

From:

$75

Short

All early deadlines are eligible for our submit one, get one half off promotion. 

From:

$55

TV Pilots

All early deadlines are eligible for our submit one, get one half off promotion. 

From:

$55