The Coast News Group

Filmmakers invited to shoot for a spot in Oceanside festival

COAST CITIES — The Oceanside International Film Festival (OIFF) announces its open call for submissions from professional and amateur filmmakers. Starting now through June 10, 2013, the festival is accepting works from both international sources and those local to San Diego.No experience is necessary, as long as applicable anti-piracy laws and copyrights are respected. Students are especially encouraged to participate by taking an advantage of discount rates. Held Aug. 15 through Aug. 18, Oceanside International Film Festival officially kicks off a season of various film festivals, which are conducted annually in San Diego County. 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.

Film categories for the competition include:

— Narrative Feature Films, 40 to 120 minutes

— Narrative Short Films, under 40 minutes

— Full Length Documentaries, 40 to 120 minutes

— Short Documentaries, under 40 minutes

— Animation Films, up to 120 minutes

— Student Films, up to 120 minutes

Visit to submit films. Filmmakers will be notified if their work is selected for festival screening by July 1, 2013. Mail 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 e-mail [email protected].

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. 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 Picture 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.