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22-May-2015 10:50pm PDT  

 

La Costa Film Festival

3 Annual September 10, 2015 to September 13, 2015

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1700 Aviara Parkway
#131090
Carlsbad CA 92013
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Phone: 619-300-4577
Fax: 760-266-4340
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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative Features
Narrative Features will present a selection of the best new narrative films from around the world. Films that are over 60 minutes in length in all genres, produced anywhere in the world, are eligible for this category.
Documentary Features
We will highlight a selection of the best new documentaries from around the world. Documentary films that are over 40 minutes in length qualify for this category.
Sports Features and Shorts Competition
La Costa Film Festival's Sports Films Competition will showcase films and filmmakers shining a spotlight on the world of sports. Filmmakers may submit narrative, documentary, or short films in this category. The celebrity jury will present awards to the best feature length and short film. A feature will consist of a running time of 40 minutes or more, and a short would be less than 40 minutes.
North San Diego County High Schools Student Shorts Competition
North San Diego County Schools Student filmmakers may submit a short film at a special discounted rate. Films must be produced, directed, written and shot by students. For consideration, student filmmakers must submit a valid student ID with their submission.
Short Film Showcase
La Costa Film Festival will feature a showcase of the best short films of the year in both fiction and documentary. Filmmakers may submit a live action or animated short film under 40 minutes in any genre.
Local San Diego County Filmmaker
A filmmaker who lives and works in San Diego County is eligible for a reduced submission fee. We support our local artists, and encourage your participation. Must provide proof of residence.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The La Costa Film Festival offers an unparalleled experience for film lovers combining one of the world’s most highly renowned destination resorts, with the finest selection of domestic and international films from the past year. An area that is blessed with beautiful beaches, quaint seaside villages, exquisite cuisine and a wide array of activities awaits you. Home to golf’s major manufacturers as well as legends in action sports, the festival presents a special focus on sports films with a celebrity panel of judges. They will award the best sports films in feature narrative, documentary and shorts. All film genres are also represented for your enjoyment to present a full spectrum of outstanding narrative features, documentaries, and short films. Completing the list will be the short film competition submitted by our local high schools.

Complementing the film choices will be FREE discussion panels, retrospective screenings, red carpet action, nightly gala events, with exquisite food, local craft beers, fine wines, and live entertainment. You are sure to have a wonderful time!


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The La Costa Film Festival provides the ultimate experience in a true destination festival. Hosted by the world renowned Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, which has long been a favorite Hollywood getaway located in the idyllic coastal village of Carlsbad by the Sea. This coveted jewel in North San Diego County is known for their gorgeous beaches, exquisite cuisine, and sports loving citizenry. It is home to such sports industry giants as Callaway, TaylorMade, and Cobra, as well as family focused attractions such as LEGOLAND, ‘The Flower Fields,’ and the Museum of Making Music. Another great choice is simply strolling through the Village of Carlsbad, and enjoying its quaint seaside ambiance. Our mantra is much like Carlsbad by the Sea, “casual yet intimate, relaxed yet unforgettable.”

The Festival setting prepares attendees for total immersion in the passion of film making. Filmmakers and their stars readily mingle and eagerly share the vision of their creation and how it was brought to life. A variety of FREE panels and numerous parties will increase your opportunities to connect and further deepen the impact as well as the appreciation of their craft.

The Festival also provides an ideal platform to showcase the best of our area, which begins at the Opening Night Gala - featuring fabulous cuisine from area restaurants, our award winning and acclaimed local craft beers, area boutique wines, and all complemented by fantastic live musical entertainment. Continue your pleasure with the Friday Night Bash, or the Saturday Evening Closing Night Awards and Gala.

Film-lovers will enjoy a broad and impressive slate of films each year, ranging from documentaries, features and shorts. We feature a special sports film competition with a celebrity panel of judges selecting the best narrative, documentary and short film for recognition. Student filmmakers from our area high schools participate in their own short film competition with a $1,000 cash prize split with their school’s film department.

All three venues for screening are in close proximity which adds even more to the Festival's intimacy. Each one offers a unique and dynamic experience. We begin with Center Court under the stars at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, and the site of world class professional tennis for an unforgettable outdoor treat. Next we offer the ultimate in pampering at Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas, and finally the spacious and relaxed Ruby Schulman Theater at the Dove Library.

The film festival is operated through La Costa Dreams, Inc., a Carlsbad 501(c)3 public benefit organization.

ORGANIZERS
Kym Wright (Programming Director) ; Michael Callihan (Executive Director) ; Ruby Callihan ; Ruby Callihan (Co-Founder/Director)

GENERAL RULES
All submitted films must comply with the Submissions Guidelines including deadlines, exhibition format, entry material, etc.

Prior Screening of your film in the San Diego area will not be eligible - All feature films must be San Diego Premieres and NO theatrical, Video On Demand, Television, Cable, Satellite, DVD, VHS, or Internet Streaming prior to September 14, 2015.

Entries must have been completed after July 15, 2013.

Our deadlines are POSTMARK DEADLINES. Please make sure to have your film postmarked by the deadlines listed above.

Entry fees are payable by credit card and are non-refundable.

The Festival is not responsible for returning DVD screeners.

Foreign Language Films must have English Subtitles.

Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, permits necessary to present their work. La Costa Film Festival is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the work.

Every precaution will be taken to safeguard all materials sent to the Festival but LCFF is not responsible for damage to submitted materials incurred by shipping to or from the Festival.

The Programming Staff will select and invite films at their discretion. If selected you may be notified via email on or about July 31, 2015.

Rough Cuts will be considered if the final cut meets extended deadline.

Selected films may be screened multiple times during the course of the festival at our discretion.

The Festival does not pay screening fees. We will use our resources to present your film in the most effective showcase.

All entries must include the following: 2 DVD labeled with film title, director, contact number and running time and/or provide URL link to a secure online version of your film.

Shorts must be received in Digital Format via USB or Online Secure URL Link.

Selected Filmmakers must provide the following: Press Kit including high res film stills (digital TifF or JPEG files preferred with minimum 300 dpi), Clips or Trailer to be used for promotion and press. Director photo and biography and any additional collateral material including postcards, posters, etc. may be included if available.

Synopsis in English 100 words for Features and 50 words for Short.

Accepted Film Must Provide the following Format: DCP + 1 backup BluRay or 2 Blu-rays. Discs must be labeled with Title, Director, Running Time and Contact Number.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

By submitting this film, you acknowledge that you are in fact the authorized representative with all the necessary rights to all of the intellectual property contained therein, and warrant that youpossess the right to commit the film for screening. Furthermore, permission is granted for public exhibition of the film during the 2015 La Costa Film Festival, by your acceptance of the conditions on the entry form. The La Costa Film Festival is also granted the right to utilize for promotional purposes an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition. It is also expected that the authorized film representative will use their best efforts to support the screening by encouraging attendance from the film’s producer, director, actors, writers, etc. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the La Costa Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. All submitted films must comply with the Submissions Guidelines including deadlines, exhibition format, entry material, etc. Prior Screening of your film in the San Diego area will not be eligible - All feature films must be San Diego Premieres and NO theatrical, Video On Demand, Television, Cable, Satellite, DVD, VHS, or Internet Streaming prior to September 14, 2015. Entries must have been completed after July 15, 2013. Our deadlines are POSTMARK DEADLINES. Please make sure to have your film postmarked by the deadlines listed above. Entry fees are payable by credit card and are non-refundable. The Festival is not responsible for returning DVD screeners. Foreign Language Films must have English Subtitles. Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, permits necessary to present their work. La Costa Film Festival is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the work. Every precaution will be taken to safeguard all materials sent to the Festival but LCFF is not responsible for damage to submitted materials incurred by shipping to or from the Festival. The Programming Staff will select and invite films at their discretion. If selected you may be notified via email on or about July 31, 2015. Rough Cuts will be considered if the final cut meets extended deadline. Selected films may be screened multiple times during the course of the festival at our discretion. The Festival does not pay screening fees. We will use our resources to present your film in the most effective showcase. All entries must include the following: 2 DVD labeled with film title, director, contact number and running time and/or provide URL link to a secure online version of your film. Shorts must be received in Digital Format via USB or Online Secure URL Link. Selected Filmmakers must provide the following: Press Kit including high res film stills (digital TifF or JPEG files preferred with minimum 300 dpi), Clips or Trailer to be used for promotion and press. Director photo and biography and any additional collateral material including postcards, posters, etc. may be included if available. Synopsis in English 100 words for Features and 50 words for Short. Accepted Film Must Provide the following Format: DCP + 1 backup BluRay or 2 Blu-rays. Discs must be labeled with Title, Director, Running Time and Contact Number.