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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

Virtual Pitch Fest Connections

Short

12 Month ISAconnect Membership

InkTip Prize Package

DIFF 2021 Star Pass

Professional Consultation

Virtual Pitch Fest Connections

TV Pilot

12 Month ISAconnect Membership

InkTip Prize Package

DIFF 2021 Star Pass

Professional Consultation

Virtual Pitch Fest Connections

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Runner Up

Feature

12 Month ISAconnect Membership

DIFF 2021 Star Pass

Virtual Pitch Fest Connections

Short

12 Month ISAconnect Membership

DIFF 2021 Star Pass

Virtual Pitch Fest Connections

TV Pilot

12 Month ISAconnect Membership

DIFF 2021 Star Pass

Virtual Pitch Fest Connections

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Finalists

Feature

DIFF 2021 Star Pass

Virtual Pitch Fest Connections

DIFF 2022 Script Coverage

Short

DIFF 2021 Star Pass

Virtual Pitch Fest Connections

DIFF 2022 Script Coverage

TV Pilot

DIFF 2021 Star Pass

Virtual Pitch Fest Connections

DIFF 2022 Script Coverage

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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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Lou Hamou-Lhadj

Director and writer at Pixar Animation Studios (Borrowed Time, Wall-E, Toy Story 3, Brave, The Good Dinosaur, Incredibles 2, Onward, and Turning Red)

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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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Features

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

From:

$75

Shorts

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

From:

$55

Film Set

TV Pilots

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

From:

$65