Student entries sought for 3rd annual La Costa Film Festival

North San Diego County high school filmmakers are invited to enter the 3rd Annual La Costa Film Festival. The three-day festival hosted, by the world renowned Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, will take place Sept. 10-13 and will feature an impressive lineup of narrative and documentary features and short films. The winning student-produced film will premiere at this year’s festival with a cash prize of $1,000, split 80/20 between the school’s film department and the student.

High school filmmakers may submit a short film by June 15. Films must be produced, directed, written and shot by students. Students must submit a valid student ID with their submission and can upload their entry via

“This is an amazing opportunity for students to participate in a local cultural event. We are dedicated to inspiring local student filmmakers and, along with the recognition that the winner will receive, we are also offering a student workshop just for student filmmakers that will take place at the Omni La Costa Resort on July 9 and 10,” stated festival founders Mike and Ruby Callihan.

The winner of last year’s student competition was “Sofia,” a short film co-directed by Canyon Crest Academy students Jason Lee Phillips and Brandon Chase.

The annual La Costa Film Festival showcases some of the most engaging international documentaries, narrative features and short films of the past year and presents them in a variety of unique local venues, including an outdoor screen on the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa grounds, the La Costa Cinepolis Theatres and the Ruby G. Shulman Theater at the Carlsbad Dove Library. Visit