2013: La Costa Film Festival

The first annual La Costa Film Festival will make its grand debut October 24-27, 2013 at the world famous La Costa Resort and Spa, it was today announced by festival founders Michael and Ruby Callihan, of the nonprofit La Costa Dreams, Inc. In addition, as of today, the festival is accepting film submissions via Without A Box. The deadline is June 15th.

The Callihans, who are La Costa residents, have brought on film festival veteran Nancy Collet (AFI FEST, The Toronto International Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, and Heartland Truly Moving Pictures) as Festival Producer as well as Consultant Jon Fitzgerald (AFI, Santa Barbara, Abu Dhabi – Festival Director) to help execute the inaugural event.

The La Costa Film Festival will deliver a new cultural experience to North San Diego County, integrating a series of film screenings, panels, retrospectives and gala events in celebration of the art and impact of motion pictures. All net proceeds of the festival will go to the local Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad.

The annual event will showcase some of the most engaging international documentaries, narrative features, and short films of the past year and present them in a variety of unique local venues. The Opening Night Gala will feature a red carpet and a screening under the stars, on the beautiful grounds of the La Costa Resort and Spa. Additional screenings will be offered at the nearby, luxurious La Costa Cinepolis Theaters, as well as the spacious Ruby G. Schulman Theater, at the Carlsbad Dove Library next door to the Resort. Film enthusiasts may join in Q&As and mingle with participating filmmakers as well as celebrity guests at numerous intimate parties where all pass-holders are welcome.

In recognition and celebration of the La Costa area’s love of sport, in particular the world-class championship golf and tennis that the Resort is known for, the La Costa Film Festival will feature a special competition focusing on sports-themed films. There will also be a special shorts competition for local high schools, offering them the opportunity to exhibit their talent and to participate in the festival. The winning school will receive a cash prize to support its film program.

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