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Billy DaMota, Erica Rhodes, Golden Globe Award winner and Academy Award nominee Sally Kirkland, and Christopher Pennock at the 2013 Oceanside International Film Festival (courtesy photo)

Celebrities Flocking to Oceanside, Again

Oceanside CA– Oceanside International Film Festival (to be held Aug 3 thru 10) has recently announced Extended Deadline for its new category free of submission fees to celebrate Oceanside’s image – accepting through June 15, 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 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 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 at

Charles Kaufman - with OIFF's program in his hands - at his restaurant/bakery Bread & Cie. Charles Kaufman is a writer and director, known as the creator of Mother's Day (remake, 2010) and Mother's Day (horror film, 1980). He was a writer for The Bob Hope Show, Dennis the Menace TV series (1986)  With OIFF Chairman Dmitriy Demidov

Charles Kaufman,  with OIFF’s program in his hands, at his restaurant-bakery Bread & Cie. Charles Kaufman is a writer and director, known as the creator of Mother’s Day (remake, 2010) and Mother’s Day (horror film, 1980). He was a writer for The Bob Hope Show, Dennis the Menace TV series (1986)
With OIFF Chairman, Dmitriy Demidov (courtesy photo)

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. 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, the same 501c3 non-profit organization that has conducted Oceanside Days of Arts for 22 years. 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. Works by local filmmakers have an opportunity to be shown on big screen alongside with other Official Selections of OIFF-2014, like narrative shorts Rose, Mary And Time (science-fiction film from London, U.K.), Pint (comedy from Surrey Hills, Australia), serious dramas; The Boy Who’d Never Seen Rain (from Sydney, Australia), Patatas (from Spain), Berxen Kulek / “Lame Lambs” in Turkish (from Bingol, Turkey), surfing adventure documentary, 3mates7seas (from Sydney, Australia), computer animated film Chasing Paradise (from New Media Arts students at Kapiolani Community College in Hawaii), stop-motion animated short, Mr. McBob (by a middle school student from Irvine, CA), plus many more films.

Saginaw Grant to appear at this years Film Festival

Saginaw Grant to appear at this years Film Festival. (courtesy photo)

The festival will issue total 19 awards this August, including those for student films. Local San Diego students from kindergarten through college are especially encouraged to submit their films to OIFF. All student films are accepted under one Student category. However besides having an opportunity to be shown on a big screen, they also may have a shot for one of the following awards: OIFF-2014 Jury’s Award for Best Picture; OIFF-2014′s Audience Choice Award – Best Picture; OIFF-2014 Jury’s Award for Best Student Film – High School thru College; OIFF-2014 Jury’s Award for Best Student Film – K to Middle School; OIFF-2014′s Audience Choice Award – Best Student Film – High School thru College; and OIFF-2014′s Audience Choice Award – Best Student Film – K to Middle School. Second film submission from the same student filmmaker is free of submission fees! Filmmakers young and seasoned alike have an opportunity to hone their skills at OIFF-2014’s educational opportunities: Casting For Film Workshop (Aug 8) and Crowdfunding Workshop (Aug 9).

This year festival’s organizational committee and Jury of OIFF consists of nearly 20 film passion-driven individuals, who have been meeting monthly and grading films since September 2013 to make sure this year’s August event is another success. Among the submissions are works by independent filmmakers from all over the world. Nearly every continent is represented this year. The committee is excited to have at their disposal two wonderful venues downtown Oceanside for the purpose of publicly screening films. Firstly, it is historic Star Theatre. It was opened in 1956 with capacity for 986 people. Now, with 440 stadium-style seats and no obstructed views, it boasts a “California Historic Landmark” marquee decorated by multi-colored lights, and a beautiful round ticket booth as a centerpiece at the entrance that brings a sweet movie-going nostalgia to many North County’s old timers. Then the audience will get a chance to become familiar with the historic facility of Sunshine Brooks Theatre, built in 1936 originally with 659 seats, now with capacity of 200. The Brooks is the oldest standing theater in Oceanside.

Film buffs remember Golden Globe Award winner and Academy Award nominee Sally Kirkland, who was present at last year’s festival along with other celebrities. This year the audience has an opportunity to feel star-struck again by rubbing shoulders with a veteran casting director D. Candis Paule, CSA, Charles Kaufman, Saginaw Grant, and other high profile guests. Charles Kaufman is a writer and director, known as the creator of the classic 1980 horror film Mother’s Day and its 2010 remake. He was also a writer for The Bob Hope Show, Dennis the Menace TV series (1986), When Nature Calls (feature film, 1985). Saginaw Grant is a veteran Native American actor, whose face is easily recognized by many, especially after his latest big role as Chief Big Bear in The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp (2013). The festival is particularly thrilled to welcome Saginaw Grant in association with this place in San Diego known for profound Native American history.

Oceanside is rich with history of Luiseno Band of Native American Indians based from around Mission San Luis Rey. Other film industry’s stars are expected to make a surprise appearance at the festival.

For submission details, educational workshops, festival schedule, or complete list of award categories, please go to or The finalized schedule (with exact time for public screening of all films) will come out in the middle of July.

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