Did you know that this years programming includes exclusive FREE screenings and panels? In keeping with our commitment to bringing art and culture to the North County community, the La Costa Film Festival is proud to screen 21 free short films from filmmakers around the world along with a trio of discussion panels with industry experts.

THE FILMS

The first set of short films will be offered at 1PM on Friday, September 11th at the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium in Carlsbad and will feature six shorts, including The Chaldean, a film that will make you question how we view race, our perception of one another, and the power of forgiveness. The second shorts program will be offered at 11AM on Saturday, September 12th at the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium. Among the films shown, FORE!, created by a group of 7th-9th graders during our two-day Student Film 101 Workshop led by Lucy Eagleson of Outside The Lens will make its debut. A Q&A session with the filmmakers will follow each of the shorts program. See the entire lineup here.

THE PANELS

In addition to the shorts program, we will be offering three free discussion panels with industry experts at the Omni La Costa Resort on Saturday, September 12th, in the Gardenia Ballroom. First panel starts with Game Changer: why diversity matters in business and film up first (at 11AM), followed by Storytelling Through Sports: why it works (1:30PM), and The Reel Pitch: a live filmmaker competition (3:30PM). Panelists for all three panels include: Pro-surfer, Sunny Garcia, Director, Philip Waller , Mike Tollin, Co-Chairman, Mandalay Sports, Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, Producer Cash Warren, click here to see the entire guest panelists and moderators.

Even though these events are free, registration is required due to limited seating. For more information about the films and panels please visit the registration page here.

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