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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. Our winners also enjoy a cultural escape to work on their next big hit. 

DIFF's Screenplay Competition is currently accepting submissions for feature films, short films, and TV pilots. 

All entries are eligible for optional feedback from professional readers (highly recommended). 

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

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Grand Prize

Feature

Writer's Enrichment Cruise

12 Month ISAconnect Membership

InkTip Prize Package

DIFF 2021 Star Pass

Professional Consultation

Industry Connections (Virtual Pitch Fest)

Short

12 Month ISAconnect Membership

InkTip Prize Package

DIFF 2021 Star Pass

Professional Consultation

Industry Connections (Virtual Pitch Fest)

TV Pilot

12 Month ISAconnect Membership

InkTip Prize Package

DIFF 2021 Star Pass

Professional Consultation

Industry Connections (Virtual Pitch Fest)

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Runner Up

Feature

12 Month ISAconnect Membership

DIFF 2021 Star Pass

Industry Connections (Virtual Pitch Fest)

Short

12 Month ISAconnect Membership

DIFF 2021 Star Pass

Industry Connections (Virtual Pitch Fest)

TV Pilot

12 Month ISAconnect Membership

DIFF 2021 Star Pass

Industry Connections (Virtual Pitch Fest)

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Finalists

Feature

DIFF 2021 Star Pass

Industry Connections (Virtual Pitch Fest)

DIFF 2022 Script Coverage

Short

DIFF 2021 Star Pass

Industry Connections (Virtual Pitch Fest)

DIFF 2022 Script Coverage

TV Pilot

DIFF 2021 Star Pass

Industry Connections (Virtual Pitch Fest)

DIFF 2022 Script Coverage

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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Aaron Rahsaan Thomas

Producer, director, and award-winning TV and film Screenwriter (S.W.A.T., Numb3rs and CSI:NY on CBS, Southland on TNTSleepy Hollow on FOXThe Get Down on Netflix, and Friday Night Lights on NBC)

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Jana Sue Memel

Academy Award winning producer, writer, and director (Ray’s Male Heterosexual Dance Hall, Lieberman in Love, So I married an Axe Murder))

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Johnathan Brownlee

Director, producer, writer, actor and Founder of Torfoot Films (Three Days In August, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, Decoding Annie Parker)

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Jonathan Hurwitz

Writer for Disney Channel (Lizzie McGuire on Disney+, Spidey & His Amazing Friends for Marvel, and Andi Mack on Disney Channel)

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Bill Kelly

Screenwriter (Enchanted, Premonition, Blast From the Past)

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Features

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

From:

$95

Indie Film Shoot

Shorts

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

From:

$75

Film Set

TV Pilots

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

From:

$85