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Defiant Arc Entertainment’s name is derived from its mission: to defy the traditional Hollywood arc, where it is exceedingly difficult for those not already ingrained in the industry to find success, and to provide resources and access to talented filmmakers to help them make their mark on the world.

The Defiant Arc International Film Finishing Fund (DAIFFF) is an online film competition for films that need a little help getting to the finish line. The winning filmmaker will receive funds to finish their film, up to $3,000, depending on the film’s budget/needs.

To get started, interested filmmakers need only submit a pitch deck of their film. The pitch deck can be in any form that you think best presents your film.

Semi-finalists will be announced in June, and will have two weeks to submit evidence demonstrating that the DIAFFF grant will be sufficient to complete their film. Evidence can be submitted in the form of a rough cut, or, if production has not yet begun, proof of available funds and a budget demonstrating that the DAIFFF grant will remove all financial barriers to the film’s completion.

Finalists will be announced in August, and will have two weeks to submit a 2-3 minute video of themselves, describing their project and the inspiration behind it.

The winner will be announced at the end of September 2022, with the DAIFFF grant dispersed within 90 days of the announcement. If the winner takes the DAIFFF grant, we ask for an EP credit and access to promotional material for the film to promote the project and fund in the future.


Submissions are exclusively accepted on FilmFreeway.

Awards & Prizes

Winner: Up to $3,000 production cash grant

Defiant Arc International Film Finish Fund Winner (2022)

Written & Directed by Adam Joel

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Defiant Arc International Short Film Festival Winners (2021)
Best Short

Alina – Rami Kodeih


“As Nazis separate children from their parents in the Warsaw Ghetto, a gang of women risks everything to smuggle their friend’s three-month-old baby to safety. Inspired by true events. Starring Alia Shawkat (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, SEARCH PARTY), Edin Gali (MAD MEN), Dorota Puzio, Rebeca Robles (BETTER THINGS), Erika Soto (VIDA), and Mark McCullough (LOGAN LUCKY).”

Best “Defiant” Short

Better than Neil Armstrong – Alireza Ghasemi

“Four kids start their journey to the moon with the mission of finding a mysterious place called The Redland but the gates of Redland are being guarded by a mischievous snake.”

Best Director

Wooden Sword – Behzad Alavi

“Two little boys meet each other in a green space, and make friends. On the other hand, their fathers have a big problem.”

Best Cinematography

Pathfinder- Life Beyond Fear – Adam Rubin and Dan Lior

Cinematographers: Adam Rubin, Dan Lior, and Kfir Amir

“Pathfinder is a tale about the human spirit.
The film follows six world-class slackliners (Highliners) on a mission deep into the Norwegian mountains to attempt something that’s never been seen before: Walking a thin line, elevated in the vastness between two colossal cliffs, illuminated only by the mystical northern lights.

The yearning that drives adventurers and explorers to climb the highest peaks, sail endless oceans, and cross vast deserts in the name of progress, is the same passion that drives these slack-liners to attempt what has still been unclaimed.

Through the extreme conditions and endless challenges, we learn about their elemental desire to explore the limits of humankind.”

Best Actor/Actress

Guise – Ali Jalali

Actress: Faezeh Bakhtiar

“In Iran’s society, because of religious prejudices, people always face restrictions and gender discrimination’s to work. Guise is story of a girl’s life living in poverty and come from a lower social class. She is captured with absurd prejudices and baseless religious beliefs in a family in Iran…. She has to wear menswear and make men’s makeup to go to work.”

Best Screenplay

Alina – Rami Kodeih

Screenwriter: Nora Mariana Salim

Best Production Design

Better than Neil Armstrong – Alireza Ghasemi

Rules & Terms

* We are looking for films that have already been or are in the process of being filmed and need additional Finishing Funds.

* Filmmakers from all countries are welcome to enter. All pitch decks must be in English.

* All ages can enter.

* All genres welcome.

* You may submit as many pitch decks as you wish.

* All pitch decks submitted must be the filmmaker’s original work, or they own the copyright.

* The filmmaking team will have the final call on cast, crew, and edit.

* To help the environment, DAIFFF only accepts electronic entries.

* Each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than $100,000 in screenwriting fees in the preceding 18 months. This clause is in place to help us support emerging talent. (Contest & Fellowship awards do not count toward this total).

* The winner consents to DAIFFF using their name, film title, and any other relevant information for promotional purposes on their website. This will be used to inform other contestants and the media of the results and ongoing news about the project.

* If DAIFFF helps a filmmaker gain representation, option, sell or have their film distributed, then we are entitled to state this on our website and on any other platforms that we see fit.

* DAIFFF will be able to promote the winning film in any way in which they see fit.

* Becca E. Davis will be credited as an ‘Executive Producer’ in the credits of the film where other EPs or individual producers are credited.

* The budget will either go through DAIFFF or be transferred to a producer or production company working with the filmmakers.

* The decision of DAIFFF is final. By applying to this fund each participant agrees to hold DAIFFF, our judges and sponsors immune from any competition disputes, claims, liabilities, and expenses.

* By entering DAIFFF, you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online and cloud-based services and databases for hosting, managing, and/or transmitting your submission file(s).

* DAIFFF staff and associates are unable to enter the fund.

* DAIFFF are flexible as to the production completion date of the winning film. However, if said film hasn’t been filmed within 18 months of the winner’s announcement, DAIFFF has the discretion to transfer the funds to another submitted film.

We do not seek to obtain any rights over your pitch deck or the resulting film at any time.


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