Dallas International Film Festival

Screenwriting Competition

Dallas International Film Festival

Write your own way.

Our pair of screenwriting competitions are your chance to take your script off the page and on towards something much bigger. Explore how you can elevate your story and your brand with our contests accessible to the whole community.

Broaden Your Horizon

Screenplay Awards

Broaden Your Horizon

One great story simply isn’t enough to advance in this industry. That’s why our competition is designed to inspire writers to keep writing. With our easy and affordable submission process, you can focus on the work while our judges make their picks.

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Broaden Your Horizon

Prizes

Feature / 1 Hour Pilot

Grand Prize
The Storm King Alex Hendler
The Catch Mike Farris
Greenwood Jody Hadlock & A.J. Orr
Faster Than Horses Chris & Michael Mul
Connected Hillery Baker

Feature / 1 Hour Pilot

Runner Up
Wives of Gangsters Christopher Xiao & Jae Yu
The Storm King Alex Hendler
The Devil is Hiding James Nee

Feature / 1 Hour Pilot

Finalists
Selkie Chris & Michael Mul
Great America Angelita Mendoza & Morten Vestergarro Jensen
Crossing Troy Perkins
Cloistered M Rowan Meyer
Boxed Wine Gregory Caruso

Short / 30 Minute Pilot

Grand Prize
$500
DIFF 2020 Star Pass
Professional Consultation
Writer's Enrichment Cruise
10 Script Pitches

Short / 30 Minute Pilot

Runner Up
$250
DIFF 2020 Star Pass
Professional Consultation
5 Script Pitches

Short / 30 Minute Pilot

Finalists
$100
DIFF 2020 Star Pass
2 Script Pitches
Dallas International Film Festival

Screenplay Awards

Screenwriting is a business. And like top businesses, top screenwriters have a brand. To stand out in a crowded field, a writer’s unique style or talent should be well known and quickly associated with their work.

Whether it’s out-of-the-box concepting or dialing up the pacing, filmmakers need to know who to call on when a specific element is needed in their story.

The DIFF 2020 Screenplay Awards recognizes writers who specialize in a specific writing element and works to elevate their overall brand awareness. Plus, it allows writers five different chances to win by submitting to the category/categories for which they feel their script is best suited.

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Screenplay Awards

Prizes

12-Month
ISA Connect
Subscription

Celebrity
Endorsement

Two Tickets to the Luxury Gala Oscar Screening in LA

2021 DIFF
Star Passes

12-Month
ISA Connect
Subscription

Celebrity
Endorsement

Two Tickets to the Luxury Gala Oscar Screening in LA

2021 DIFF
Star Passes