Join Us from August 6 through 13, 2017!

North County San Diego’s biggest film festival’s popularity is attributed to the following success formula since its very foundation in 2009: “Vacation-Feel / Kickback Attitude (near San Diego) + Profound Film Culture (close to Los Angeles) = Artistic Freedom. Yes, this is Oceanside!” And local, out-of-state, and international filmmakers have an opportunity to showcase their work in front of audiences hungry for independent cinema, submerge into its atmosphere, and experience the artistic freedom professed by the festival. The eight-day event OIFF-2017 will take place at two oldest theaters in town, Star Theatre and Sunshine Brooks Theatre. The festival showed 75 films on the big screen in 2015 and 60 in 2016.

If You Are Attending Any Dates From August 7 through August 12, Know that the Screening Venue will be The Sunshine Brooks Theatre(217 N. Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054). PLEASE ARRIVE PRIOR TO 6:00pm ON WEEK DAYS. FILMS BEGIN AT 6:00pm.

By The Way:

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OIFF 2017 Schedule

AUGUST 6, SUNDAY

Red Carpet Opening Ceremony sponsored by Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation at Star Theatre, 402 North Coast Hwy, O’side, CA 92054, which used to be the largest movie theater in San Diego County (!)

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2:00 pm – Red Carpet arrival of film industries stars and reception of filmmakers at Star Theatre, 402 North Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054. This is a perfect picture opportunity in front of the OIFF Official Backdrop with refreshments & generous appetizers to the live background music in the beautiful lobby (food and first drink included with passes, world-famous San Diego County’s craft beer is served)
3:30 pm – live performance onstage of Star Theatre by World Renowned Guitarist, David Maldonado.
3:50 pm – opening speech and greetings from OIFF’s organizational committee
4:00 pm – screening of 2016 Best Picture Winning Film, “The Whimsical Imagineer“(Short Documentary, 29:15), Followed by Q&A Sessions with Cast/Crew.

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5:00 pm – Screening of Special Opening Night Film, “I Stand: Guardians of the Water”(Feature Length Documentary, 59:00, San Diego Premiere). – TRAILER
6:15 pm to 9:30 pm – After Party at Veneto’s Italian Cuisine!(free drink ticket issued to all Red Carpet attendees at Star Theatre)

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Synopsis of I Stand: Guardians of the Water – A Documentary film capturing the indigenous voices of those on the ground who stand in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline and fight for the protection of their sacred land and water.

 

DON’T MISS:

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Alan Roderick-Jones Star Wars Set Design workshop and meet & greet – Saturday, August 12(10:30am – 1:30pm)

This Workshop will help celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars with the man who helped bring the film’s world to life! Alan Roderick-Jones’ career spans more than five decades, starting way back 1961 on “The Victors” as a junior in the art department at Shepperton Studios. He would go on to work on two films that received Oscars for art direction; “Nicholas And Alexandria”(1971) and “Star Wars”(1977).

On “Star Wars”, Alan Roderick-Jones co-designed with the late Production Designer John Barry. He drafted and dressed the Cantina, Homestead Garage, Docking Bay 94 for the Falcon, Death Star Corridors, The Throne room and The War Room. Although not credited in the 1977 film, he was finally acknowledged in the film’s second release and eventually written up in The Star Wars Insider Magazine (Issue 131 Feb / March 2012) as one of the unsung heroes of the Star Wars saga.

Click HERE to buy tickets. Limited seating. Advance purchase strongly recommended.)

AUGUST 7, MONDAY

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm – screening of films sponsored by Oceanside Theatre Company at Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054, the oldest theater of Oceanside established in 1936.

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Family-Friendly Screening Block:
6:00 PM Between Shifts (Oceanside, CA, USA, Narrative Short, 0:11:00, San Diego Premiere)

‘Between Shifts’ is a short film that follows Joanne, a lonely diner waitress, as she embarks on a journey one afternoon while on break between her lunch and dinner shifts. This modern-day fairytale explores the magic that surrounds us in our everyday lives – the extraordinary in the ordinary – if we’re just willing to see it!

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6:11 PM Golden Ticket (Oceanside, CA, USA, Narrative Short Documentary 0:02:17)

Even the gods love cupcakes!

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6:13 PM Plain English (San Diego, CA, USA, Student Film – High School, 0:08:00, Oceanside Premiere)

Plain English is a short TV format mockumentary web series that occurs in a basement caretaker’s room that has been turned into a classroom theater. The series is about Jacob English and his friend Brandon who decide to start a drama club thus bringing together a cast of characters and their comedic interactions as they study drama and work to put on a play.

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6:21 PM Christmas Break (Spain, Animation, 0:02:00, California Premiere)

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6:23 PM A Boy & His Beast (USA, Animation, 0:09:00, San Diego Premiere)

A young boy must stop a creature that is terrorizing the countryside in 18th century France. But is it possible that he may be to blame for the beast?

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6:32 PM Be (Spain, Narrative Short, 0:05:00, US Premiere)

Neither Caco’s physical limitations nor his overprotective parents can stop him from setting off on a river adventure even though he has no idea where it will take him.

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Environmental Screening Block:

6:52 PM Temple of the Ghost Owl (USA, Student Film – High School, 0:21:00, World Premiere)

Hidden in the forests and meadows of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, one of the most sensitive and sought-after bird species finds what some consider its last refuge. The Great Gray Owl is a mysterious yet hallowed member of the ecology, but only a few hundred still call the mountains home. When a young owl named Tokori has his home impacted by a historically large fire season, he is caught in the middle of a landmark political controversy over logging burnt habitat.

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7:13 PM SOS: The Salton Sea Walk (CA, USA, Feature Documentary, 1:01:00, World Premiere)

The Salton Sea, California’s largest lake, is rapidly drying up. After 2017, the largest rural to urban water transfer will exponentially accelerate the rate at which the sea shrinks, exposing acres of dried lakebed. The exposed playa, containing 100 years worth of farm chemicals, could become airborne, sending billowing clouds of toxic dust towards major population centers in the Southwest. Located 230 feet below sea-level, in a desolate pocket of Southern California’s Colorado Desert, the plight of the sea is largely ignored. There are a few outspoken people who claim to know how to save it.

Randy Brown, community activist, set out to do something no one had ever attempted — to walk the entire shoreline of the sea. In June of 2015, with temperatures reaching 120 degrees, he set out on his 6 day, 115 mile journey. His mission — to raise awareness for the sea, a forgotten place of extraordinary beauty, silently threatening to make itself known once again. Will the people be inspired to save it before it’s too late?

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Metaphysical Drama Screening Block(Mature Audiences):

8:29 PM Four of a Kind (USA, Narrative Short Film, 0:11:00)

Two couples at opposite ends of their relationship must overcome their differences in a stalled elevator.

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8:40 PM The Big Three (San Diego, CA, USA, Narrative Short Film, 0:15:00, World Premiere)

The Big Three is a moving story about race, religion, and politics that revolves around a gang of diverse criminal friends and a cop and his daughter.

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8:55 PM The Pirate Captain Toledano (Los Angeles, CA, USA, Narrative Short Film, 0:10:00, San Diego Premiere)

When the Pirate Captain Toledano interrogates a stowaway on his ship, he finds that the young man is a refugee from the Spanish Inquisition. The stowaway wants to become a pirate to plunder Spanish ships. The Captain must decide whether to make the stowaway a pirate, or to make him walk the plank.

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9:05 PM The Book of Judith (San Diego, CA, USA, Narrative Short Film, 00:13:40, Oceanside Premiere)

A horrific secret shared by two young girls leads one of them down a tragic path as she seeks a solution based upon a misconception. This film explores the raw power of belief and the unintended consequences that it can have on both individuals and society when not guided by wisdom and benevolence.

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A down and out teenager must decide between conformity and rebellion when his parents send him to The Academy of Eden, a boarding school for troubled teens that resorts to barbaric tactics to elicit obedience from students. Things become complicated when Daniel falls for a fellow student, Amanda, at a school where romantic relations are strictly prohibited.

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Academy of Eden is Now Playing on Saturday August 12 at 2:00pm. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

9:36 PM Philosophy 101 (Los Angeles, CA, USA, Narrative Short Film, 00:11:20, San Diego Premiere)

A college student begins to suspect that his Philosophy Professor may need a reality check.

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10:05 PM – Conclusion

AUGUST 8, TUESDAY
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm – screening of films sponsored by Nacre Publishing, at Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

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MUSIC BASED SCREENING DAY

Art of Music Screening Block:

6:00 PM Every Ghost Has An Orchestra (Chicago, Il, USA, Short Documentary, 0:07:10, San Diego Premiere)

Truth hides in the margins and the artist’s role is to point to it. The question of what happens after we die is a universal question explored by paranormal researcher and experimental composer Michael Esposito. He straddles the line between spiritual and material and asks the audience to reflect on our purpose, legacy and what our actions say about who we are.

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6:07 PM Misery of My Company (San Diego, CA, USA, Music Video, 0:04:29)

Music Video by Local Punk Rock Band, The Pictographs.

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6:11 PM Tribal Baroque: Beingness (San Diego, CA, USA, Short Documentary, 0:31:00, Oceanside Premiere)

Tribal Baroque: Beingness, is a short film featuring two artists – one channeling a Pink Angel, the other an Egyptian God – who use operatic voices, violin, and dance to express life, love, death and what it means to BE. Thoth & Lila’Angelique of Tribal Baroque allow us behind the makeup and the stage and into their personal realm, an extraordinary land of their own making, where art and identity are one.

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6:42 PM In Your Neighborhood With Lou Niles Episode 4: Jewel (Oceanside, CA, USA, Short Documentary, 00:07:51, World Premiere)

In Your Neighborhood is a San Diego based web series that takes a deeper look into the people, places, events, art, recording, culture and causes that make up the fabric of the modern-day local music scene. This newly premiering edition puts a spotlight on world renowned singer/songwriter, Jewel.

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Art of Music Feature Film:

7:15 PM No Roads In (Canada, Feature Documentary, 1:20:00, San Diego Premiere)

Sound Engineer Adam Naugler was fascinated by a nearby abandoned homestead. Once inside & amongst the cracked plaster, torn floorboards, windows bare to buzzing insects and raw prairie, Naugler heard acoustic perfection. No Roads In covers five days as Blake Reid, Naugler and band battle the elements to record an entire album, using acoustic instruments, with rudimentary analogue equipment. The experience in the old homestead proves, for each musician, a deep and unexpected catharsis.

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Musical & Comedy Screening Block(Mature Audiences):

9:00 PM Finest City Showdown (San Diego, CA, USA, Narrative Short, 0:05:50, Oceanside Premiere)

In this Award Winning San Diego 48 Hour Film Project, Tim must save his girlfriend from a singing maniac and his minions.

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9:06 PM Wank Party! F*ck the Sys™ (Temecula, CA, USA, Short Documentary, 0:17:00, World Premiere)

Wank Party! was a Punk Rock™ band from southern California whose notoriously violent breakup left a definitive mark on the music scene. This documentary is our last-ditch attempt to make the rest of our money back so we can pay off our debts and hopefully forget this whole mess ever happened.

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9:23 PM You’re Not My Mother (Oceanside, CA USA, Narrative Short, Oceanside Spotlight Entry, 00:02:25)

One part British comedy spoof & one part Adult Swim special. She’s not his mother. She can’t tell him what to do…

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9:25 PM Screen Lock (San Diego, CA, USA, Student Film – College, 0:06:22, World Premiere)

After being constantly belittled and sabotaged by the team’s lead engineer in a small software startup, Jen scores an opportunity to hit him where it hurts.

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9:31 PM The Lark(s) (Los Angeles, CA, USA, Narrative Short, 00:18:48, San Diego Premiere)

Follow the Lark triplets on a whimsically funny and offbeat journey, from their namesake hotel through the streets of New York City in their vintage Mercedes… after their estranged mother sends them on an adventure to save her life from bumbling kidnappers. They are pushed down the rabbit hole with the hopes of re-awakening their childlike sense of wonder and bringing their family back together again.

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10:05 PM – Conclusion

AUGUST 9, WEDNESDAY

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm – screening of films sponsored by All-4-Design, at Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054                  

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Serious Dramas Screening Block(Mature Audiences):

6:00 PM Bounce Back (Oceanside, CA, USA, Student Film – College, Oceanside Spotlight Entry, 0:02:49)

6:03 PM Driver’s Ed (Los Angeles, CA, USA, Student Film – College, 00:15:00, San Diego Premiere)

6:18 PM Iron (USA, Narrative Short Film, 0:17:00, World Premiere)

6:35 PM Disconnect (San Diego, CA, USA, Student Film – College, 0:09:22, Oceanside Premiere)

6:44 PM Bella Donna (Los Angeles, CA, USA, Narrative Short, 0:05:32, California Premiere)

15 Minute Q&A

The Artistic Process Screening Block:

7:15 PM Washed Away (Los Altos, CA, USA, Short Documentary, 0:16:27, San Diego Premiere)

7:32 PM Visions of Home (SanDiego, CA, USA, Feature Documentary, 0:48:00, Oceanside Premiere)

15 Minute Q&A

8:20 PM 10 Minute Break

Wednesday Night Feature Film:

8:30 PM Hard to Believe (New York, NY, USA, Feature Documentary, 0:56:00, Oceanside Premiere)

15 Minute Q&A

9:45 PM – conclusion

AUGUST 10, THURSDAY

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm – screening of films sponsored by Stage & Screen FX, at Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

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HORROR & GENRE DAY

Horror & Genre Screening Block:

6:00 PM Life-O-Matic (San Diego, CA, USA, Narrative Short, 0:14:40, Oceanside Premiere)

6:15 PM Black Communion (Temecula, CA, Student Film – College, 0:14:30, World Premiere)

6:30 PM The Highway (San Diego, CA, USA, Narrative Short, 0:21:18, Oceanside Premiere)

6:51 PM Assumption (San Diego, CA, USA, Narrative Short, 0:25:00, Oceanside Premiere)

5 Minute Intro for The Black Ghiandola

7:21 PM The Black Ghiandola (Los Angeles, CA, USA, Narrative Short, 0:11:00, San Diego Premiere – CO-PRESENTED BY THE MAKE A FILM FOUNDATION). Special presentation starring Johnny Depp, David Lynch, JK Simmons, Laura Dern. Scored by Trent Reznor & Atticus Finch. Directed by Ted Melfi, Catherine Hardwicke & Sam Raimi.

15 Minute Q&A                                                                                                                                          

10 Minute Break

Thursday Night Feature Film

8:00 PM American Satan (Los Angeles, CA, USA, 1:51:00, San Diego Premiere)

10:00 PM – Conclusion

AUGUST 11, FRIDAY

6:00 pm to 10 pm – screening of films sponsored by Vital Climbing Gym – Oceanside at Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

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DATE NIGHT – ROMANCE & DRAMA DAY

Romantic Drama Screening Block:

6:00 PM Sleep On It (San Diego, CA, USA, Student Film – College, 0:07:15, Oceanside Premiere)

6:07 PM Me & Marcy (Chicago, Il, USA, Narrative Short, 0:15:30, World Premiere)

6:22 PM That Your Body is for Receiving Happiness and Good Stuff (New York, NY, USA, Student Film – College, 0:12:00, World Premiere)

6:34 PM A Little Rusty (San Diego, CA, USA, Narrative Short, 0:10:00, World Premiere)

6:44 PM Honeymoon (Switzerland, Narrative Short, 0:03:45, California Premiere)

15 Minute Q&A

Romantic Comedy Screening Block

7:03 PM Reservations For Three? (Los Angeles, CA, USA, Narrative Short, 0:14:00)

7:17 PM Go Tell It On Molehill (Los Angeles, CA, USA, Narrative Short Film, 0:05:00, California Premiere)

7:22 PM 7 Beds (Spain, Narrative Short Film, 0:12:00, California Premiere)

7:34 PM Timeless Charms (UK, Narrative Short, 0:02:00, World Premiere)

7:36 PM Candice & Peter’s Smokin’ Hot Date (Los Angeles, CA, USA, Narrative Short, 0:07:45, San Diego Premiere)

15 Minute Q&A                                                                                                                                          

10 Minute Break

 Emotional Drama Screening Block:  

8:10 PM Tian & Mimi’s Summer (Taiwan, Narrative Short, 0:04:26, US Premiere)

8:15 PM Songs of Wild Animals (Mexico, Narrative Short, 0:12:00, US Premiere)

8:27 PM Forgotten Sunset (Los Angeles, CA, USA, Narrative Short, 0:24:30, Oceanside Premiere)

8:52 PM Me3 (Beverly Hills, CA, USA, Narrative Short, 0:17:00, San Diego Premiere)

9:09 PM Our Barrio (San Diego, CA, USA, Narrative Short, 0:29:06, Oceanside Premiere)

15 Minute Q&A

9:55 PM – Conclusion

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“Alan Roderick-Jones Star Wars Set Design” workshop and meet & greet – Saturday, August 12(10:30am – 1:30pm)

This Workshop will help celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars with the man who helped bring the film’s world to life! Alan Roderick-Jones’ career spans more than five decades, starting way back 1961 on “The Victors” as a junior in the art department at Shepperton Studios. He would go on to work on two films that received Oscars for art direction; “Nicholas And Alexandria”(1971) and “Star Wars”(1977).

On “Star Wars”, Alan Roderick-Jones co-designed with the late Production Designer John Barry. He drafted and dressed the Cantina, Homestead Garage, Docking Bay 94 for the Falcon, Death Star Corridors, The Throne room and The War Room. Although not credited in the 1977 film, he was finally acknowledged in the film’s second release and eventually written up in The Star Wars Insider Magazine (Issue 131 Feb / March 2012) as one of the unsung heroes of the Star Wars saga.

Click HERE to buy tickets. Limited seating. Advance purchase strongly recommended.)

AUGUST 12, SATURDAY

10:30 am to 9:30 pm – screening of films sponsored by Ballast Point, at Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054 (plus workshop)

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Alan Roderick-Jones Star Wars Set Design

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This Workshop will help celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars with the man who helped bring the film’s world to life! Alan Roderick-Jones’ career spans more than five decades, starting way back 1961 on “The Victors” as a junior in the art department at Shepperton Studios. He would go on to work on two films that received Oscars for art direction; “Nicholas And Alexandria”(1971) and “Star Wars”(1977).

On “Star Wars”, Alan Roderick-Jones co-designed with the late Production Designer John Barry. He drafted and dressed the Cantina, Homestead Garage, Docking Bay 94 for the Falcon, Death Star Corridors, The Throne room and The War Room. Although not credited in the 1977 film, he was finally acknowledged in the film’s second release and eventually written up in The Star Wars Insider Magazine (Issue 131 Feb / March 2012) as one of the unsung heroes of the Star Wars saga.

Click HERE to buy tickets. Limited seating. Advance purchase strongly recommended.)

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Alan Roderick-Jones Meet & Greet at Sunshine Brooks Theatre(Please Purchase Tickets in Advance)

12:00 PM Alan Roderick-Jones Workshop Begins

1:30 PM Workshop Concludes

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Screening Block – mature audiences:

2:00 PM The Barn (Atlanta, GA, USA, Narrative Short, 0:08:00, World Premiere)

2:08 PM Revelation: City of Haze (China, Animation, 0:14:00, San Diego Premiere)

2:25 PM The Beast Underneath (Switzerland, Narrative Short, 0:13:25, US Premiere)

2:29 PM Pearl (Los Angeles, CA USA, Student Film – College, 0:15:47, San Diego Premiere)

15 Minute Q&A

Serious Drama Screening Block – mature audiences:

3:00 PM Post (Spain, Narrative Short, 0:14:00, World Premiere)

3:14 PM Terminal (Peru, Narrative Short, 0:16:00, San Diego Premiere)

3:31 PM 30 Minutes with Laura (Spain, Narrative Short, 0:08:00, California Premiere)

3:40 PM Hush (San Diego, CA, USA, Narrative Short, 0:23:22, Oceanside Premiere)

4:04 PM Frank Embree (Los Angeles, CA, USA, Narrative Short, 0:7:26, California Premiere)

15 Minute Q&A

10 Minute Break

Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs Screening Block(Co-Presented by Lone Pine Film Festival):

4:40 PM Floating Horses: The Story of Casey Tibbs (Los Angeles, CA, USA, Feature Documentary, 1:34:00, California Premiere)

15 Minute Q&A

Reflective Docu-Drama Screening Block – mature audiences:

6:45 PM Moon Child (Oceanside, CA USA, Short Documentary, 0:20:00, Oceanside Premiere)

7:05 PM Love is the Answer (Oceanside, CA, USA, Feature Documentary, 0:42:00, San Diego Premiere)

15 Minute Q&A

Surfing Films Screening Block – family friendly(Co-Presented by Whitlock Surf Experience):

8:20 PM Ricky Whitlock in Mecca II (Oceanside, CA , USA, Narrative Short, Oceanside Spotlight Entry, 0:03:14)

8:24 PM Waves N’ Craves: The Yummus Episode (Oceanside, CA, USA, Short Documentary, 2017 Oceanside Spotlight Contest Winner! 0:02:41)

8:27 PM Fish People (Presented by Patagonia – New York, NY, USA, Feature Documentary, 1:00:00, San Diego Premiere)

15 Minute Q&A

9:42 PM – Conclusion

AUGUST 13, SUNDAY

Closing Awards Gala sponsored by Surfside Tap Room at Star Theatre, 402 North Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

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2:00 pm – Reception with refreshments & appetizers in the lobby of Star Theatre, 402 North Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054. This is the last picture opportunity for red carpet photos. Enjoy live background music, refreshments & appetizers in the beautiful lobby (food and first drink included with passes, world-famous San Diego County’s craft beer is served)
3:00 pm – live performance onstage of Star Theatre by Arabina Belly Dance Company.
3:15 pm – Closing speech and greetings from OIFF’s organizational committee, presentation of about 20 awards (for winning films) to be given to filmmakers in each category from the OIFF Jury, and in each category for Audience Choice Awards, with screening of clips from winning films. The ceremony includes presentation of 2017 OIFF Lifetime Achievement Award for Alan Roderick-Jones for his contribution film production design.
5:00 pm – conclusion
5:30 pm to 10:00 pm – After party at Surfside Tap Room. Located just one block away from The Star Theatre(free drink and free appetizer ticket issued to all Awards Gala attendees at Star Theatre). Art Gallery provided by Brandon Watkins(@capn_watts) & complimentary on site Food Truck Will be Included. The Tap Room is located at 507 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA (Website Here)