The REEL Pitch

La Costa Film Festival – The ‘REEL Pitch’ Win Possible Film Development Deal With Hollywood Studio!

Do you have a priceless film concept but need help to develop its potential? Would you like to turn your short film into a full-length feature? Now’s your chance to make that dream a reality!

How to Submit: Tell your story in a maximum 5 minute film pitch uploaded via, along with a Log Line (project synopsis) of a maximum of 75 words.* -Must be no longer than 5 minutes -Must be submitted before September 15, 2016 Deadline

*Participant eligibility is expressly conditioned upon the submission of an executed Release Agreement (submission instructions are attached as Exhibit A).

Selection Process

A panel of independent judges will select up to 10 finalists from the pool of 5 minute pitches submitted through, There is a required $25 submission fee. The ten finalists are then notified of their selection and their attendance requested for the Festival. They will each present their ideas before a live audience to a panel of judges (curated by Mandalay Sports Media*) consisting of seasoned producers and film industry executives hungry for new material. Each finalist will have 5 minutes to make their case, followed by up to 3 minutes of Q&A by the judges.  

*(Mandalay Sport Media does not participate in the initial selection process) All finalists are responsible for their own travel and overnight accommodation expenses.


Submissions Open: June 30, 2016

Submission Deadline: September 15, 2016

Finalists Notified: September 22, 2016

Attendance Must Be Confirmed By: September 29, 2016

Finalists Announced: October 1, 2016

REEL PITCH Live Presentations: October 15, 2016

Winner Selected by Panel: October 15, 2016

Prize Breakdown

Finalists All 10 finalists will receive La Costa Film Festival passes to all Panels, Screenings, Receptions, and Galas during the four days of the Festival.

Winner: Will receive mentoring from one or more of the judges to help refine their pitch, and assist them in finding a potential studio partner to develop their idea.

* Download Release Form *No specific studio/network is guaranteed to hear the winner’s pitch.

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