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Screenwriting Competition

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DIFF supports the beginning and end of the creative filmmaking process from script to screen. DIFF partners with Event Horizon Films to host an annual screenwriting competition where writers can submit their shorts, features or TV pilot scripts. Winning screenwriters are exposed to high-profile industry experts and receive a variety of prizes and networking opportunities.

 

A harsh Hollywood reality is that most scripts are lost in the slush pile. Those who are lucky to have their scripts read by a producer, agent, manager or studio head may never know whether it was given the infamous pass, consider, recommend rating. We break the mold by providing these ratings on ever feature, pilot or short submitted to our team of readers, as well as offering detailed feedback to improve overall marketability.

Click here to view the contest Rules & Eligibility and Terms & Conditions.

 

Advancing scripts are read and judged by Oscar winners, Emmy winners and/or blockbuster screenwriters. Score Card and first scene illustration are included with every submission.

FINAL DEADLINE IS MARCH 18, 2024

All scripts are reviewed by readers currently working at top representation companies with the potential to get signed at any time. 

This years Script Categories are Drama, Comedy, and Texas.

Drama:

 

This is the category you will submit to if your story does not have a strong Comedy element. It is open ended.

Comedy: 

 

This is the category you will submit to if your story has strong comedy elements.

Texas: 

 

This is the category you will submit to if your script is about Texas or the setting is based in Texas. Texas writers are welcome to submit to this category.

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, conflict, originality, style, dialogue, pacing and current market potential. Scorecard will be provided after winners are announced. More judges to be announced... 

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PRIZES

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GRAND PRIZE

DRAMA, COMEDY, & TEXAS SCREENPLAY WINNERS WILL RECIEVE: Table read of their screenplay performed during DIFF by qualified actors 15-frame storyboard (fully colored) Special access to select DIFF events Circulation to representation company professionals Winners will be recognized on the Festival Red Carpet and at the awards presentation Networking opportunities _________________________

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FINALIST

DRAMA, COMEDY, AND TEXAS SCREENPLAY FINALISTS WILL RECIEVE: Professional feedback Networking opportunities _________________________

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Reader,
The Gersh Agency

Reading for the DIFF competition was all-around an experience I'd be happy to repeat--I read scripts from a myriad of voices and calibers. I felt like I was playing a part in helping some talented, budding screenwriters.

Screenwriter, 
Nafi Ayvaci

It was my pleasure being a part of this competition. Being a Semifinalist in DIFF made me realize that even though the journey is indeed long and difficult, at least I'm on the right path.

Reader,
A3 Artist Agency

It was an honor and such a fun experience getting to review scripts for this festival. It was extremely organized from beginning to end and a great experience overall. Looking forward to working with everyone again in the future!

SCRIPT TO SCREEN
2022 WINNER

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