Oceanside CA— Oceanside International Film Festival has just announced this year’s Official Selections, and is gearing up to roll out the red carpet for its annual event August 7 through 14. The organizers from Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation have put together a program of 60 films.
North County San Diego’s largest film festival will show films from the U.S., Spain, Greece, Singapore, Ireland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, and Australia. The lineup is divided into family-friendly and mature audiences days, and consists of special screening blocks to suit everybody’s tastes: Environmental, Animations, Science-Fiction & Fantasy, Serious Dramas, World Beat, Coming of Age, Comedies, Gay and Lesbian, Horror, Emotional & Sentimental Appeal, Social Awareness, Military, and Surfing. World Beat category consists of films that provide an insight into people’s lives in various places around the world, and Social Awareness has emphasis on the subject of race and ethnic origin.
Oceanside having deep roots with people from Mexico and pacific islanders, OIFF program includes live entertainment with performances from “Tierra Caliente” Ballet Folklórico and “Ke’Ahi Music” hula dancers and ukulele players to celebrate cultural diversity of the city. As Oceanside has some of the largest populations of Filipino-Americans in the continental U.S. (3%), OIFF will screen “Remittance”, a narrative feature film in Filipino language August 9, to address the Filipino-speaking community.
Red carpet celebrations August 7, will have a screening of “Keep In Touch”, winner of OIFF-2015 Jury Award for Best Picture and OIFF-2015 Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature Film. A pleasant surprise for movie goers is a big-screen presentation of this summer’s last episode of “Animal Kingdom” with its producers present at OIFF on August 12. (The TNT/Turner Network Television drama’s fictional story takes place in a seaside town of Oceanside, and it is filmed in Oceanside, California, featuring many locals as extras.) Many films of OIFF-2016 feature celebrities: Golden Globe Award nominee Lee Ann Meriwether, Max Gail (“Barney Miller”), Brian Doyle-Murray, Sherri Shepherd (“The View” TV show), Lyn Alicia Henderson (“The Relic”), Eric Roberts, Ellen Barkin, Gary Sinise, Yolanda Rosee (“Law & Order”, “Whitney”), Denise Richards, Golden Globe and Academy Award nominee Kathleen Quinlan, and more. Look out for some of them, celebrity sightings are a common thing for film festivals! Don’t miss “Special Effects on a Budget” workshop August 13, catered for both filmmakers and general public, it is only $10.
Admission to Oceanside International Film Festival is $25 for Red Carpet Welcome And Opening Evening Aug 7 (includes reception of filmmakers, live entertainment, refreshments & appetizers, and screening of a feature film, winner of previous year’s OIFF, plus free drink ticket to afterparty); $50 for screenings & workshops on any or all days Aug 8 thru 13 (six days worth of films! or $35 for seniors, military, and students); $15 general admission for one whole day worth of films ($10 for students, military, and seniors); and $35 for Closing Awards Gala Aug 14 (includes refreshments & appetizers, awards ceremony, plus live entertainment, screening of clips from winning films, plus free drink ticket to the closing afterparty). Just planning to attend the event as a movie-goer? Why not spend a little extra and become an official sponsor of Oceanside International Film Festival with lots of recognition and benefits for you personally or for your company! For tickets, sponsorship info and schedule info, go to www.osidefilm.org See you on the red carpet!