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

*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.

Timeline – Coming Soon! 

Submissions Open:

Submission Deadline:

Finalists Notified:

Attendance Must Be Confirmed By:

Finalists Announced: 

REEL PITCH Live Presentations:

Winner Selected by Panel:

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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