The first annual La Costa Film Festival will run in North San Diego County from Oct 24-27.

Festival founders Michael and Ruby Callihan of the nonprofit La Costa Dreams made the announcement on Tuesday [30] and said as of this week the festival was accepting film submissions via Without A Box.

Film festival veteran Nancy Collet is festival producer and consultant Jon Fitzgerald will help execute the inaugural event. 

The La Costa Film Festival will feature a competition on sport-themed films, broader film screenings, panels, retrospectives and gala events in celebration of the art and impact of motion pictures. All net proceeds of the festival will go to the local Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad.

The Opening Night Gala will feature an outdoor screening in the grounds of the La Costa Resort and Spa. Additional screenings will takes place at La Costa Cinepolis Theaters and the Ruby G Schulman Theater at the Carlsbad Dove Library next door to the Resort.

There will also be a special shorts competition for local high schools offering them the opportunity to exhibit their talent and to participate in the festival. The winning school will receive a cash prize to support its film programme.