Fun! Glamorous! Intimate!

A world class destination and an experience not to be missed. The La Costa Film Festival in Carlsbad, California draws on the natural beauty of this seaside paradise and the storied mystical Hollywood connections of the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, the Festival’s host from the beginning. The vision of Co-founders Michael and Ruby Callihan has inspired hundreds of equally passionate volunteers who annually devote thousands of hours towards creating an unforgettable Festival.

The irresistible combination of quality films with many supported by filmmaker, cast and crew and daily exciting special events makes sure that everyone will find something to enjoy. Film-lovers will enjoy a broad and impressive slate of documentaries, features and shorts. The Sports Film Competition is a special focus with a celebrity panel of judges selecting the best narrative, documentary and short film for recognition. We also offer a juried competition for short films in narrative, documentary, and animation categories. The popular Audience Awards lets you be the judge with live balloting submitted for films in all categories. Students have their own category with a short film competition for High Schools, and another one for Colleges. Each offers a $500 prize and additional prizes up to $2000 in value. Finally, the ‘Reel Pitch’ competition allows you to witness the discovery of raw talent displayed in a ‘Shark Tank’ inspired format for filmmakers live at the Festival. Add in the appearance of notable artists such as Andy Garcia, Ed Harris, Ron Shelton, John C. McGinley, and Chris Noth, who all graciously share their passion for their craft. Cherished memories are awaiting your arrival at the Festival, and all the other wide variety of activities and scenic attractions available throughout San Diego County. Every year this rapidly growing Festival presents world premieres, filmmaker Q&A’s, FREE panels with leading film industry experts, and nightly red carpet galas. Three amazing venues are available for screening, starting with under the stars at Center Court on the grounds of the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, followed by the ultimate in pampering from Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas, and the completely remodeled beautiful Ruby G. Schulman Theater at the Dove Library in Carlsbad.

The Festival also delivers a feast for the senses with the ideal platform to showcase the culinary best of our area. It begins with the Opening Night ‘Sip & Savor’ Gala – featuring fabulous cuisine from the best restaurants, award winning local craft beers, exquisite boutique wines, and all complemented by fantastic live musical entertainment. Continue your pleasure with the Friday Night Gala, or the Saturday La Costa Stars Awards Night Gala.

Fun! Glamorous! Intimate!

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The film festival is entirely operated through La Costa Dreams, Inc., a Carlsbad 501(c)3 public benefit organization.