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Deadline Approching for ‘Celebrate Oceanside’s Image’ Film Entry

Celebrate Oceanside’s Image

Oceanside CA- Put out since 2009, Oceanside International Film Festival has announced a first group of Official Selections for its lineup of films to be publicly screened at the historic Star Theatre and Sunshine Brooks Theatre this August. The local of San Diego filmmakers have a shot at being showcased alongside! Narrative short films Rose, Mary and Time (science-fiction film from London, United Kingdom), Pint (comedy from Surrey Hills, Australia), and serious dramas The Boy Who’d Never Seen Rain (from Sydney, Australia), Patatas (from Spain), Berxen Kulek / “Lame Lambs” in Turkish (from Bingol, Turkey) are the first “batch” of Official Selections early-chosen by OIFF-2014’s Jury.

For a second year in a row, Oceanside International Film Festival has announced a new category free of submission fees to celebrate Oceanside’s image – accepting until May 12, 2014, short films (up to 5 min) that have something directly to do with Oceanside, either documentary, music video, narrative fictional story, historic account, etc. Participants can simply go to www.facebook.com/likeOIFF and message their YouTube or Vimeo link to the organizers. Candidates may choose to mail their DVD too, but they must be aware time is running out! Soon after they submit their video to www.facebook.com/messages/likeoiff and only after Oceanside Intl Film Festival decides to post it on its Facebook page and announces “voting starts now!” (filmmakers will be notified), anybody could “like” their work. The film with most “likes” on OIFF’s Facebook page by 6/16/2014 will be announced the winner, will be publicly shown on big screen during 4th annual Oceanside International Film Festival, and will be given a special Oceanside Spotlight Award during the awards ceremony on Aug 10 (see website for schedule). The runner ups of this Oceanside Facebook contest also have a shot at becoming Official Selections of OIFF-2014 and be shown on big screen between films of other genre as part of “Oceanside Spotlight” screening spots. Oceanside Spotlight Facebook-based contest is not limited only to Oceanside residents. Anyone can participate. There is no charge to participate in the contest. (Got a film longer than 5 min or not about Oceanside? – Filmmakers can still participate at OIFF under regular submission process, deadline June 16, 2014, as detailed here: http://www.ocaf.info/ )

The audience might remember the many Oceanside-themed films from last year’s OIFF – all scheduled between regular screening blocks – that showcased the Northernmost city of San Diego County in front of many local, out-of-state, and international guests from the film industry. The winner of OIFF-2013′s Oceanside-themed Contest was “KMR Video Services Oceanside CA Promo” by a Temecula filmmaker Wyatt Roose (pictured in this courtesy photo along with Alexxa Morgan, Oceanside’s Miss Fire Prevention). Only this year the festival is two times as big, and compared to the previous year, it is going to show many more films on the big screen at Star Theatre and Sunshine Brooks Theatre in Oceanside.

Held August 3 to 10, 2014, Oceanside International Film Festival is an annual event conceived and once again underwritten by Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation, which is OIFF’s parent entity and 501c3 non-profit organization (http://www.ocaf.info/ ). This year will be the 25th year OCAF has brought quality artistic, visual, performance, and musical arts to Oceanside and the surrounding communities. Its film festival, put out since 2009, showcases narrative features, documentaries, shorts, animation, and student works from filmmakers who have not yet signed distribution agreements and look for recognition among wider audiences.