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23-Apr-2014 10:50pm PDT  


La Costa Film Festival

2 Annual September 18, 2014 to September 21, 2014

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1700 Aviara Parkway
Carlsbad CA 92013
Phone: 619-300-4577
Fax: 760-266-4340

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.

The La Costa Film Festival offers an unparalleled experience for film lovers, by combining the best climate in America, a world renowned destination resort, and the finest selected films from the past year. Since our area is widely recognized for excellence in sports, we will offer a special jury presented award to the best sports films in both feature length narrative or documentary and shorts. We have also searched the world over to present a full spectrum of outstanding narrative features, documentaries, and short films, for your enjoyment. Completing the list will be the prize winning short film submitted by our local high schools.

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

The festival will take place on September 18 -21, and will again be headquartered at the internationally recognized La Costa Resort and Spa. La Costa has long been coveted by celebrities as a favorite seaside getaway, to refresh their body, and spirit. Now the Resort wants to bring that experience to filmmakers from around the world, and present a truly unforgettable weekend for their guests.

Walk the red carpet to our Opening Night Gala, and then watch the starlit screening on the beautiful grounds of the La Costa Resort and Spa. Then join our participating filmmakers and special guests at an After Party, or a panel discussion. For the ultimate in comfort and luxury select one of our film screenings at the Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas, or consider the spacious and charming Ruby Schulman Theater next door at the La Costa Dove Library.

The La Costa Film Festival opened to rave reviews last October, and left patrons eagerly anticipating the 2014 encore edition. Mark your calendars and get ready for another memorable fantastic time. Take pride as well in the fact that all net proceeds will go to support our selected charity, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad.

Kymberly Wright ; Michael Callihan (Executive Director) ; Nancy Collet (Festival Producer/Programmer) ; Ruby Callihan ; Ruby Callihan

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

- 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.

- 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 the Festival 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, regular mail, or telephone on or about August 15, 2014

-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.


I am the authorized representative for the above-mentioned film; the filmmaker has all the necessary rights to music used in the film. I accept the conditions described on this entry form. If the film is selected by the La Costa Film Festival, I grant permission for public exhibition of the film during the 2014 La Costa Film Festival, from September 18-21, 2014. La Costa Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless 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.