Reel World

Press Release
The La Costa Film Fest is bringing Hollywood back to La Costa and they want you to be one of the stars! Do you have a film concept that’s a sure winner? How about a short film that could be a full-length feature? Maybe just a raw idea that has “reel” potential?

Now’s your chance to make that dream a reality!

Ten contestants will be selected and given five minutes each to present their ideas to the Reel Pitch panel of studio executives. A live audience of fans and film lovers will cheer for their favorites. One winner will be chosen and begin their journey to fulfill their dreams!

A panel of independent judges will select 10 finalists from the pool of five minute pitches submitted through There is a required $25 submission fee. 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 Mike Tollin of Mandalay Sports Media) consisting of seasoned producers and film industry executives hungry for new material. Each finalist will have five minutes to make their case, followed by up to three minutes of Q&A by the judges.

All finalist contestants will each receive an all-access star pass to this year’s festival. One 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. The entry period is now open and
will stay open until midnight on August 30. The Reel Pitch schedule of events include:

Submission Deadline: August 30.
Finalists Notified: September 3.
Finalists Announced: September 15.

“Reel Pitch” Presentations and Winner Selected by Panel: October 15.

To enter, register through Film Freeway. Download the release agreement from, sign and email the release back to More film festival details can be found on and on the La Costa Film Festival’s social media pages: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.