Twelve literary adaptations compete in the Dioraphte Film and Literature Competition. With this official competition programme, Film by the Sea distinguishes itself from other film festivals in the Netherlands and Europe. During every edition of the festival, a professional jury of writers, actors and directors hands out the Dioraphte Film and Literature Award to the best new literary adaptation.
The members of the 2013 jury are:
Monic Hendrickx, actress;
Mijke de Jong, filmmaker;
Tatjana van Zanten, author;
Adriaan van Dis, author;
Huub van der Lubbe, writer, actor and singer;
Rinus Ferdinandusse, author and chaiman of the jury.