La Costa Film Festival

The La Costa Film Festival returned to Carlsbad for four days of film screenings, panels, and special events in mid-September. Over 45 films and five world premieres were screened throughout the weekend, and guests enjoyed a special tribute to renowned actor John McGinley and Mayor of Sacramento Kevin Johnson as well. The festival opened with the Sip & Savor Gala which featured food and drink from many local restaurants, wineries, and breweries. Other highlights included a special “We Remember” film tribute honoring our military families in remembrance of Sept. 11 and the La Costa Honors Awards gala. A new addition to this year’s festival was The Reel Pitch, a contest which allows ten aspiring filmmakers the chance to pitch their storytelling ideas to executives and producers with Mandalay Sports Media. This year’s venues included the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas La Costa, and the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium at the Carlsbad Dove Library. To learn more visit