BROTHERS IN EXILE and TOMMY AND FRANK Top 2014 La Costa Film Festival's Sports Category

BROTHERS IN EXILE and TOMMY AND FRANK Top 2014 La Costa Film Festival's Sports Category

The La Costa Film Festival (LCFF) announced today the winners of the 2014 festival. The La Costa Film Festival opened on September 18, 2014 with Frank Vs. God, starring Henry Cusick and Ever Carradine at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa.

Throughout its 4-day run, The La Costa Film Festival screened 43 films from 13 countries, hosted nightly red carpet galas, 3 exciting panels, receptions, and welcomed a number of prominent filmmakers such as Golden Globe winner Ed Harris and Oscar nominated writer and director Ron Shelton to Carlsbad. This year, the festival was pleased to announce a partnership with Mandalay Sports Media (MSM) to help curate the festival's sports themed narrative, documentary and shorts programs.

The 2014 La Costa Film Festival Sports Competition Jury featured an impressive roster of industry professionals, including Cash Warren, noted producer, Brad Holland, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, Ira Opper, a seven-time Emmy Award winner, Paul Rudy, Sports Director of KUSI-TV in San Diego, and John Carney, former NFL Chargers kicker and philanthropist.


FEATURE FILM - Brothers in Exile (ESPN FILMS)

SHORT FILM - Tommy and Frank (ESPN FILMS)

La Costa Film Festival 2014 AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS:

Audience Award-Narrative Feature - una Vida - Richie Adams


Audience Award-Documentary Feature Film - brothers in exile - Mario Diaz

Audience Award-Foreign DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - Bella Vita - Jason Baffa

AUDIENCE AWARD - SHORT FILM - Tandem-matthew Douglas Helfgot, Jared Hillman

AUDIENCE AWARD - Foreign SHORT FILM -- Bis gleich - Benjamin wolff

Audience Award Honorable Mention - h2mexico - Brent deal


LEGACY AWARD - Ed Harris (Radio, Apollo 13, The Truman Show, The Abyss, The Hours, Pollock, and Golden Globe winner)

'AMBASSADOR OF SPORTS' AWARD - Ron Shelton (Bull Durham, Tin Cup and White Men Can't Jump)


Sofia - Jason Phillips and Brandon Chase of Canyon Crest High School

Attendance at the 2014 La Costa Film Festival grew from last year's attendance with over 4,500 patrons.

About La Costa Film Festival - The La Costa Film Festival of Carlsbad beckons you to explore this idyllic coastal town known for its gorgeous beaches, exquisite local cuisine, and sports loving citizenry. It is home to sports industry giants such as Callaway, TaylorMade, and Cobra, as well as family focused attractions such as LEGOLAND, and 'The Flower Fields.' Another great choice is simply strolling through the Village of Carlsbad, and enjoying its quaint seaside ambiance. Our mantra is much like Carlsbad by the Sea, "casual yet intimate, relaxed yet unforgettable."<

The goal of the Festival itself is to combine the excitement, glamour, and experience of Hollywood with a setting that makes you feel like you've arrived at a destination vacation. It's adds another dimension to watching a movie, when you're able to listen to the PASSION of the filmmaker as they discuss their creation, or mingle with the stars that brought it to life. A variety of panels and parties will further deepen the impact as well as the appreciation of their craft.

About Mandalay Sports Media - Launched in 2012 by Peter Guber and Mike Tollin, MSM is a diversified sports content and media company that creates high-quality, sports-themed programming for all platforms and creates, acquires and invests in businesses and assets across the sports content and media landscape. Since its founding, MSM has produced and is producing content for ESPN, CBS, FOX, The NFL, Xbox Entertainment Studios, Turner Sports, Yahoo, VICE and AOL, among others, with numerous projects in development with major television, digital, feature film and sports entities. Learn more at

About Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas - Cinépolis started its operations in the USA, July of 2011 at the Del Mar, California location with a luxury movie concept. This debuted a completely revolutionized movie theater with comfortable leather seats, gourmet dining offerings in-theater for select theaters, snacks, a full bar, elegant lobby spaces and cutting-edge sound & projection technology. Today, Cinépolis USA has some of the top performing theaters in the country and currently operates 35 screens in Southern California with plans to continue expanding across the U.S. in the next few years.

About Omni La Costa Resort and Spa - California's original destination for Mind, Body + Sport, Omni La Costa Resort & Spa was recognized as a Top Southern California Resort in the 2013 Condé Nast Traveler "Reader's Choice Awards." Nestled among the beautiful coastal foothills of Carlsbad, Calif., the resort boasts 607 guestrooms and suites, an adults-only pool, the Coastal Events Center, 110,000 square feet of meeting and event space, an Athletic Club, exhilarating waterslides and two recently updated golf courses, including the Champions Course & the Legends Course, recipients of the "Gold Medal Resort" rating by Golf magazine. Honored as the #1 Wellness Spa in the Nation by Spa magazine, the 43,000-square-foot Spa at La Costa includes a private pool, waterfall showers, café and therapeutic reflexology path. Acclaimed restaurants - BlueFire Grill and Bistro 65 - present an updated take on local cuisine, including dishes inspired by the resort's own colony of honey bees. Also home to Premier Fitness and the worldwide headquarters of The Chopra Center, Omni La Costa Resort & Spa offers continually evolving health and wellness programming as part of LiveWell La Costa. For more information on Omni La Costa, call (800) 854-5000 or visit

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