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Dallas International Film Festival

Dallas International Film Fest

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Contact: Jodi Frizzell, Head of Operations

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Objective

Dallas International Film Festival, Event Horizon Films, and Torfoot Studios have come together for the DIFF 2023 Screenplay Competition.

Among the prizes, award-winning filmmaker Johnathan Brownlee at Torfoot Studios will produce and direct the winning short script for film festival screenings. Previous winning short scripts screened at Dallas Noir Fest, Dallas International Film Festival and ATX Short Film Showcase, and many others.

**The winner of Script to Screen will be announced at DIFF 2023, so the deadline for that category will be April 7.**

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

  • William Morris Endeavor (WME)
  • Creative Artists Agency
  • Zero Gravity
  • Artist First
  • Innovative Artists
  • Authentic Talent + Literary Management
  • GVA Talent Agency
  • And more

A harsh Hollywood reality is that most scripts are lost in the slush pile. Show More

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 06/18/2023

Notification: August, 25, 2023

Rules

Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only, between the dates provided for each competition.

Entry fees will vary depending on each competition. Please review the fees and dates of the competition via the submission page.

Optional feedback from a professional reader may be requested at the time of entry. Requests for feedback after an entry is submitted will not be accepted.

Feature screenplays must be a minimum of 75 pages and a maximum of 150 pages. Short screenplays must be a minimum of 5 pages and a maximum of 35 pages. Thirty minute pilots have a max page count of 35. One Hour pilots have a max page count of 65.

There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.

Entries must be received on or before the deadline dates by 11:59PM Central Time, and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.

All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).

Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s). All writers must be credited on title page.

If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize money.

Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material will be allowed for a limited time with resubmission through Event Horizon Films. Please proofread your script carefully before submitting.

It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress before submitting to any competition, however we do not require registration.

Contact info may be included on the cover page of the screenplay, however it is not required.

All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders.

Awards

Finalists:

Feature
DIFF Star Passes 2024

TV Pilot
DIFF Star Passes 2024

Script to Screen
DIFF Star Passes 2024

Runner Up:

Feature
Professional Feedback
DIFF Star Passes 2024

TV Pilot
Professional Feedback
DIFF Star Passes 2024

Script to Screen
Professional Feedback
DIFF Star Passes 2024

Grand Prize:

Feature
Luxury Oscar Party in LA 2024
Celebrity Shout Out
DIFF Star Passes 2024

TV Pilot
Luxury Oscar Party in LA 2024
Celebrity Shout Out
DIFF Star Passes 2024

Script to Screen
Optioned, Produced & Premiered Film
DIFF Star Passes 2024

Dallas International Film Fest

Contact

Web:
http://dallasfilm.org/diff
Email:
jodi@eventhorizonfilms.com

Contact: Jodi Frizzell, Head of Operations

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Email:
jodi@eventhorizonfilms.com

Contact: Jodi Frizzell, Head of Operations

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Contest News

Dallas International Film Festival Grand Prize Winner to be Produced

The grand prize winner of the Dallas International Film Festival's 2023 Screenplay Competition, Sneakerhead by Jamie Campbell, will be produced by Torfoot Studios and Event Horizon Films, and directed by award-winning filmmaker Johnathan Brownlee, pending WGA and SAG negotiations. The film will join the shorts lineup at the Dallas International Film Festival.

Additional festival winners include:

1st Place Feature - For Billie by James Froeschle (Austin, TX)

On the verge of losing his wife to dementia an eighty-two year-old and his fading wife heist some pharmaceuticals from their nursing home and breakout to take one last trip. Along the way they befriend a young skater-girl and the unlikely trio discover the road sometimes takes you places you never expected.

2nd Place Feature - Labyrinth of Destiny by Ernestina Juarez (Austin, TX)

During the Mexican- American War, Ulysses Grant falls in love with a Mexican woman who helps African Americans escape bondage. The war separates them , but they meet again when the woman is sent to the United States to seek an alliance to prevent France from conquering Mexico and supporting the Confederacy.

1st Place Pilot - FIX by Jeff Bower (Los Angeles)

Exhausted from centuries of being able to rewind time and change every moment except his most painful, a tortured traveler begins "helping" others in order to befriend a grief-stricken detective who may just hold the key to his salvation.

2nd Place Pilot - Broken by Dathan Paterno (Chicago, IL)

An unorthodox but gifted psychologist battles both a local psychiatrist and his own mental health struggles, jeopardizing his career and family. 1st Place Short - Sneakerhead by Jamie Campbell (Kansas City, KS)

When she was a little girl, Meredith Jones had a monster under her bed. She returns home as an adult to find the monster's still there. And it's hungry.

2nd Place Short - The Paranormal Prankster by Sean Whitley (Dallas, TX)

When a notorious Internet troll appears on a live streaming video podcast to debate the existence of Sasquatch with Bigfoot believers, the fur flies when he's challenged by an ape-suited prankster claiming to be the legendary beast!

Updated: 08/26/2023

Dallas International Film Festival

Contact

Web:
http://dallasfilm.org/diff
Email:
jodi@eventhorizonfilms.com

Contact: Jodi Frizzell, Head of Operations

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