Oceanside International Film Festival announces an open call for surf video submissions from professional and amateur filmmakers. The festival is accepting works from both international sources and those local to San Diego. No experience necessary, as long as applicable anti-piracy laws and copyrights are respected. Students are especially encouraged to participate by taking an advantage of great discount rates.
Held August 16, 17, 18 19, 2012, Oceanside International Film Festival officially kicks off a season of film festivals, which are conducted annually in San Diego county and continue through the Fall. OIFF is an opportunity for independent filmmakers to have their work screened and judged. It also gives the film buffs a jump-start chance for viewing local and international films at a place in Southern California known for its rich history, beautiful beaches, and artistic freedom. Film industry guests and audience members alike will appreciate the ocean-infused atmosphere surrounding the city, where the festival is held. Located in the most Northern part of San Diego county and within a short drive from Los Angeles and Orange counties, Oceanside offers miles of sandy beaches ideal for sun-worshiping and surfing. In fact, an annual surfing championship will be taking place around the corner from OIFF-2012 during the same days. Between screenings, movie aficionados will be able to visit the famous bungalow house featured in “Top Gun” (starring Tom Cruise), California Surf Museum, or the longest wooden pier on the western United States coastline – all downtown Oceanside within walking distance from OIFF-2012. Oceanside is also home to a harbor bustling with restaurants and entertainment, and to the historic Mission San Luis Rey, the largest building in California when completed in 1700’s and the most prosperous of the state’s 21 missions, thus earning the name “King of the Missions”.
Oceanside International Film Festival is a public event conceived and once again underwritten by Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation, which is OIFF’s parent entity and 501c3 non-profit organization (www.ocaf.info ). This year will be the 20th year OCAF has brought quality artistic, visual, performance, and musical arts to Oceanside and the surrounding communities. The organizational committee of OIFF is resolved to make the 2012 event a success with strong industry experience of its members and introduction of new venues and screening techniques to ensure an enjoyable experience for all. Among the highlights of the festival will be its traditional red-carpet opening gala, recognition of the industry activists, and closing ceremonies with Best-In-The-Category honorary announcements, Best of Festival Trophy, and Audience Choice Award.
The festival showcases features, documentaries, shorts, animation, and student works from filmmakers who have not yet signed distribution agreements and look for recognition among wider audiences. Elevating the chances for landing distribution deals for movies like “Callous” is one of the high goals of this non-profit organization. (Winner of the last OIFF’s Best Feature award, “Callous” is a movie by Drop Dead Pictures, which – thanks in part to Oceanside Intl Film Festival – has been propelled to stardom and is now available on DVD.)
FILM CATEGORIES AND SUBMISSION FEES:
Narrative Feature Films 40 to 120 min: $45 before March 5, $50 before May 17, $55 before June 11, 2012
Narrative Short Films under 40 min: $35 before March 5, $40 before May 17, $45 before June 11, 2012
Full Length Documentaries 40 to 120 min: $45 before March 5, $50 before May 17, $55 before June 11, 2012
Short Documentaries under 40 min: $35 before March 5, $40 before May 17, $45 before June 11, 2012
Animation Films up to 120 min: $35 before March 5, $40 before May 17, $45 before June 11, 2012
Student Films* up to 120 min: $25 before March 5, $30 before May 17, $35 before June 11, 2012
(Note*: second submission for Student Film category from the same student filmmaker is free of charge. Student Film fee will apply for third submissions. This offer is not valid through Without A Box. Full Length and Short Documentaries may include sports, live performance, and music videos.)
Late fee $10 will apply for submissions from June 11 to July 2, 2012. No submissions will be accepted after July 2, 2012. Filmmakers will be notified if their work was selected for festival screening by July 9, 2012. No digital files or YouTube submissions accepted. Participants are asked to mail media packages (with printed posters of their movie) only after the film is selected for festival screening. “Adopt a Film Maker” program (local accommodations) may be available for accepted entry participants upon request, subject to availability. Pre-paid postage must be included with submissions if film copies are desired to be mailed back. Filmmakers may mail their submissions only on DVD or Blu-ray to P.O. Box 3054, Oceanside, CA 92051. Call to leave a message at 760-433-3632 or email [email protected] See OIFF Facebook page for more info: www.facebook.com/likeOIFF Check back soon for venues and admission ticket prices to general public.