ESPN Films was the big winner at the second La Costa Film Festival, with the jury picking “Brothers in Exile” as top feature documentary and “Tommy and Frank” (from the “30 for 30” series) as best short docu. “Brothers” was also given the audience award in the docu category.
Writer-director Ron Shelton received the Ambassador of Sports Award, for work on pics including “Bull Durham,” “Tin Cup” and “White Men Can’t Jump.” Ed Harris was given the Legacy Award.
Seven audience awards were handed out. Aside from “Brothers,” the winners were “Una Vida” (directed by Richie Adams), narrative feature; “White Lies” (Dana Rotberg), foreign narrative feature; “Bella Vita” (Jason Baffa), foreign docu feature; “Tandem” (Matthew Douglas Helfgot and Jared Hillman), short film; and “Bis Gleich” (Benjamin Wolff), foreign short film. Full-length surf docu “H2MexicO” (Brent Deal) received honorable mention.
The four-day fest screened 43 films from 13 countries. The event was held at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, CA. Mandalay Sports Media helped curate the festival’s sports themed narrative, documentary and shorts programs.