The Coast Film Festival plans to have an onsite film festival with a live audience in Laguna Beach November 12-15, 2020. However, we are at the mercy of the state and municipal government regarding reopening of these venues and are working closely with CDC guidelines to determine what format the festival will take and will keep you posted; whether it will be held in physical Laguna venues, online, or in some combination of the two with both screenings and panel discussions. Either will enable filmmakers to have their production seen by a significant audience. Prizes and awards will still be presented.

CFF is a celebration of film and stories told about places and people from the mountains to the sea and the spaces in between shared through the best of film, art and community. We showcase independent filmmakers and their documentary films about adventure, action sports and nature. The interactive multi-day experience is designed to bring the community together and raise awareness about the great outdoors, self discovery and the inherent need to protect and preserve wild places to enjoy them eternally.

The 2019 festival was our first. We screened 28 short and long form documentary films by both recognized and rising star filmmakers. Topics ranged from surf, ski, snowboard, mountain bike, skateboarding, climbing, paddling, running, sea exploration, adventure and stories about people's life learned experiences outdoors. Inspiring talks and panel discussions with producers and people in the films followed most screenings.

This year’s Festival runs from Thursday, November 12 to Sunday November 15, with all venues in Laguna’s downtown and nearby art festival venues. Cash prizes for top films including Best of Show, Audience Choice and others.

Each selected film will be marketed and given laurels and recognized in the program and through event promotions. We encourage all filmmakers to come to the event and selected individuals will have the opportunity be on a panel and share their story with fans and network with the community leaders and notable people from the active outdoor and surf industries who will be attending.

Awards & Prizes will be given for;
Audience Choice
Best of Show
Best Stoke
Best Spirit
Making Waves
Best Feature film
Best Short film

Our deadline for submissions is September 15 and selections will be notified on or before October 15.

Submission Agreement

This Agreement is made by and between the ("Film Owner") and Coast Film Festival (CFF) a division of New Brand Strategies, LLC , a California based company, in connection with CFF's official selection of your film as a film entry ("Film") for the Coast Film Festival 2020 Program (“Festival”). The 2020 Coast Film Festival program can include a screening of the film at any of the event screenings during the Laguna Beach show.

This Agreement is subject to the following terms and conditions:

The Film will be screened at times and venues during the November 12-15, 2020 dates which will be strictly at the discretion of Coast Film programming staff. Coast Film also reserves the right to screen all or parts of the Film and marketing materials prior to the festival for promotional purposes.

CFF plans to only show the film during the event dates of November 12-15, 2020.

CFF may provide the opportunity to promote your film before, during or after the festival in conjunction with our media and industry partners. The 2020 Festival, CFF may ask to conduct interviews with you live or recorded about your film.

With the exception of a Festival pass, Film Owner will receive no monetary compensation for exhibition of the Film during the Festival.

Film Owner represents and warrants that Film Owner has the full and sole right and authority to enter into this Agreement and make the grant of rights made herein, that the person signing this Agreement is fully authorized to do so by the Film Owner, and that CFF may rely on the terms of this Agreement if the Film is selected and Film Owner does not object to this Agreement, but fails to sign and return it; that the Film is wholly original with Film Owner; that no claim or litigation exists relating to the Film or purporting to question or adversely affecting the rights granted herein; and that, to the best of Film Owner’s knowledge (or that which Film Owner should have known in the exercise of reasonable prudence), the Film does not violate the rights of privacy of, or constitute a libel or slander against, or violate any common law or other rights of, any person or entity. Film Owner agrees to defend, indemnify and hold CFF and its successors and assigns harmless against and from any and all liability, loss, cost (including reasonable attorneys' fees), causes of action and damages incurred as the result of any breach of any representation, warranty, or agreement made by Film Owner under this Agreement.

This Agreement will be binding upon and inure to the benefit of CFF and Film Owner’s respective licensees, successors and assigns.

This Agreement is the final, complete and exclusive agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes and merges all prior or contemporaneous representations, discussions, proposals, negotiations, conditions, communications and agreements, whether written or oral, between the parties relating to the subject matter hereof and all past courses of dealing or industry custom. No modification of or amendment to this Agreement shall be effective unless in writing and signed by each of the parties, including both members of WC Services.

This agreement is to be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California without regard to choice of law rules.

All disputes under this Agreement shall be settled by arbitration in California before a single arbitrator pursuant to the commercial law rules of the American Arbitration Association. Arbitration may be commenced at any time by any party hereto giving written notice to the other party to a dispute that such dispute has been referred to arbitration. Any award rendered by the arbitrator shall be conclusive and binding upon the parties hereto. This provision for arbitration shall be specifically enforceable by the parties and the decision of the arbitrator in accordance herewith shall be final and binding without right of appeal.

If any provision of this Agreement shall be held to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable under present or future laws, such provisions shall be fully severable, this Agreement shall be construed and enforced as if such illegal, invalid or unenforceable provision had never comprised a part of this Agreement; and, the remaining provisions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.

The waiver by either party of a breach of or a default under any provision of this Agreement shall not be effective unless in writing and shall not be construed as a waiver of any subsequent breach of or default under the same or any other provision of this Agreement, nor shall any delay or omission on the part of either party to exercise or avail itself of any right or remedy that it has or may have hereunder operate as a waiver of any right or remedy.

If any action at law or in equity is brought to enforce or interpret the provisions of this Agreement, the prevailing party will be entitled to reasonable attorneys’ fees in addition to any other relief to which that party may be entitled.

The headings used in this agreement are for convenience only and shall not be used to limit or construe the contents of any of the sections of this Agreement.