We're excited to announce the 4th Annual Coast Film Festival will be November 9-13, 2022 in Laguna Beach, CA and online November 16-27.

The event is a showcase of adventure films from the mountains to the sea and the places in between. The films and discussions are curated to entertain and inform audiences of all ages and inspire positive change through the power of film and storytelling.

The event includes screenings, speaker panels and networking opportunities with filmmakers, athletes and change makers. Each program is organized around themes and important topics ranging from inspiration and stoke, conservation, mental health, adventure, cultural awareness, social equality, climate change, ocean plastics and more.

We are committed to promoting filmmakers and their important stories. 9 awards will be announced after the event including the CFF MacGillivray Freeman Environmental Filmmaker of the year $3,000 cash prize. We have also started an Emerging filmmaker scholarship for a graduating Laguna Beach High School student.

A portion of event proceeds are donated to select local and national non-profits committed to filmmaking and environmental and social change including 1% For The Planet, Surfrider Foundation, Protect Our Winters, Laguna Canyon Foundation and others.

We accept films from around the world by new and seasoned creators from 60 seconds to 90 minutes. Most selected are short films under 15 minutes. Foreign films must have English subtitles that are embedded. Past program themes have been:
Mountains & snow, Get Outside, Ocean & Surf, Our Public Lands, Healed by Nature, Wanderlust, Our Oceans and Any Day Wonders.

We include a wide range of topics that relate to connections between ourselves and with nature, the environment and the power of the human spirit. Past topics have been ski, snowboard, skateboard, surf, skimboard, scuba, snorkeling, fishing, spearfishing, mtn. biking, cycling, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, trail running, climbing, sailing, spearfishing, hunting, adventure, exploration, social and cultural history, climate change, pollution and more.

For questions, comments or ideas please contact Ben Warner Benw@coastfilmfestival.com.

Each selected film will be recognized in the program and marketed through event promotions and is given an "Official Selection" laurel for marketing.

Award winning films will be selected and announced after the event. Awards include;

Best documentary Feature ( over 40 minutes)
Best documentary Short under 40 minutes
Best documentary Short under 20 minutes
MacGillivray Freeman Environmental Filmmaker
MacGillivray Freeman Environmental Filmmaker runner up
Audience Choice
Best Stoke
Outdoor Spirit
Making Waves

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 2022 Program (“Festival”) and is subject to the following terms and conditions:

We accept documentaries about adventure, action sports, human interest, conservation, the outdoors. We welcome being able to nationally premiere films as well as films with limited exposure in Southern California.

Due to the volume of submissions we can only guarantee to notify applicants when the film is accepted.

Selected films will be screened at times and venues which will be strictly at the discretion of Coast Film programming staff. Some films may screen twice or more and CFF reserves the right to schedule additional last minute screenings of the film on a to be announced basis. The scheduling and Q & A panels are at the discretion of CFF programming staff. CFF also reserves the right to screen all or parts of the Film within marketing and promotions prior to the festival.

All Films selected will be included in the CFF online festival and will be considered for additional showings which you will be contacted for for either in person events in other US markets under the name "Coast Film Tour" or web platform partners as "Coast Film Selects"

CFF may promote your film before, during or after the festival in conjunction with our media and industry partners. The CFF may ask to conduct interviews with you and people in your film about your film that will be live or recorded.

With the exception of a Festival pass and an award if selected, the Film Owner will receive no monetary compensation for exhibition of the Film during the Festival or additional screenings at this time.

The signer represents and warrants that the 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 Coast Film 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.

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.

Overall Rating
  • We were thrilled to be included in Coast Film Festival in 2021. The festival was thoughtfully curated, staff were personable and the mission of the event is very positive. We were honored to receive the "MacGillivray Freeman Environmental Filmmaker Award" for our film Understory. Thanks for the generous award and we can't wait to join again next year!

    January 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your review Colin. It was an honor to share Understory to our audiences. It is a great film about a very real and relevant topic - Several members of our audience admitted to not being aware the problem existed and took immediate action to support the Tongas National Forest. We look forward to your next film project.

  • Shauna Badheka

    The definition of cool.
    During a year when everything shut down, the organizers found a way to make a spectacular and safe event that celebrated high-quality films and brought the community together.
    In 2020 MacGillivray Freeman Films entered "Into America's Wild," and screened the film in the socially-distanced outdoor theatre with a panel discussion with Director, Greg MacGillivray and film star, Ariel Tweto, which made the stories come that much more alive to audiences.
    We were also blown away by the quality of all of the films and the programming that accompanied them. The content captured the soul of what makes life along the coast and atop mountains so thrilling and enriching. Getting to network with other filmmakers, athletes, influencers and thought leaders in the industry has allowed us to make lasting friendships that continue to inspire our work.

    The team is also top notch! Not only do they make the submission process simple, but they go the extra mile to ensure that our content looked great and impactful.

    We look forward to participating year after year!

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your review Shauna. It is such an honor to show MacGillivray Freeman films and really fun working with you and the whole staff! See you at the next CFF.