Plans for New La Costa Film Festival Unveiled

The fest, set for Oct. 24-27, has been founded by Michael and Ruby Callihan.

The first annual La Costa Film Festival will be held Oct. 24-27 at the La Costa Resort and Spa, it was announced Tuesday by festival founders Michael and Ruby Callihan of the nonprofit La Costa Dreams, Inc.

Nancy Collet, who has worked at such festivals as AFI Fest, the Toronto International Film Festival and the Busan International Film Festival, will serve as festival consultant, while Jon Fitzgerald, whose festival resume includes AFI Fest, Santa Barbara and Abu Dhabi, will also serve as a consultant on the inaugural event.

The festival has begun accepting film submissions via Without A Box at The deadline is June 15, with a late deadline of July 15.

Net proceeds from the festival will go to the local Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad.

The Opening Night Gala will feature an open-air screening at the La Costa Resort and Spa. Additional screenings will take place at La Costa Cinepolis Theaters, as well as the Ruby G. Schulman Theater at the Carlsbad Dove Library.

The festival will feature a special competition focusing on sports-themed films as well as a shorts competition for local high schools.

“We have been amazed by how many people living around La Costa have Hollywood connections,” said festival co-founder Ruby Callihan. “So when we began to share our dream, they all said, ‘yes, let’s bring Hollywood to the beach!’”