Inaugural Event Takes Place In October in North San Diego County
La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, CA, has announced it is hosting an annual film festival, staring this year.
It will be held Oct. 24-27, with film submission deadlines of June 15 and a late deadline of July 15.
Festival founders are La Costa residents Michael and Ruby Callihan, of the nonprofit La Costa Dreams, Inc. To help out with the inaugural event, they 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).
“We have been amazed by how many people living around La Costa have Hollywood connections,” said Ruby Callihan. “So, when we began to share our dream, they all said, ‘yes, let’s bring Hollywood to the beach!’”
Michael Callihan added, “La Costa Resort and Spa used to have these glamorous pictures of Hollywood celebrities, throughout the hotel. Every time I glanced at them, I felt the mystique of a different era. Wouldn’t it be magical, I thought, if we could recreate that same experience, but this time blend in the relaxed luxury of La Costa. What a perfect location for a true destination film festival.”
The La Costa Film Festival will 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 event will feature 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 features 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-renowned 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.
La Costa Resort and Spa is located in northern San Diego County.
Festival website: lacostafilmfestival.org