Billed as North County's largest film festival, the annual Oceanside International Film Festival, which has taken place since 2009, has been a place for independent filmmakers to have their work screened and judged, with the hope of being picked up for wider distribution.
The festival kicks off on Sunday, Aug. 7 and runs through August 14.
Cinephiles will screen 60 independent films from the U.S., Spain, Greece, Singapore, Ireland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Canada, Denmark, Switzerland and Australia. The films are grouped into two blocks: family friendly and mature audiences. Categories in each block include environmental, animation, science fiction and fantasy, drama, world beat, coming of age, comedy, gay and lesbian, horror, emotional and sentimental appeal, social awareness, military and surfing.
A red-carpet welcome and reception takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Star Theatre, 402 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside, and includes live entertainment, refreshments and appetizers.
Sunday through Aug. 14. Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Screenings: $10-$50; $25 opening ceremony; $35 closing ceremony; $10 workshop, or free with a festival pass. (760) 433-3632 or osidefilm.org