Submit a film idea to La Costa Film Festival


The La Costa Film Festival is bringing Hollywood back to La Costa Oct. 13-16. 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 5 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 the 10 finalists from the pool of 5 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 5 minutes to make their case, followed by up to 3 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. 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.