Film Competition Returns to Santa Anita

"This is Santa Anita" competition carries first prize of $10,000.

For the third consecutive year, Santa Anita Park and HRTV are sponsoring "This is Santa Anita," a non-fiction festival for filmmakers and film students producing Santa Anita-based films with a maximum running time of five minutes.

First prize as determined by a panel of judges will be $10,000, with $4,000 for second. Third through fifth prizes will be $2,000, $1,500, and $500, respectively. An additional $10,000 first prize, the "Fan Favorite," will be awarded to the winner through an online poll. Free entry to the 2015 competition will be awarded the sixth through 10th-place finishers.

Applications, which are available in-person, or online at, will be accepted beginning Friday, Dec. 27, with the first day of shooting scheduled for Jan. 1, 2014. (Entries are accepted online, but credentials must be picked up and payment must be made at Santa Anita. Checks may be made payable to the Los Angeles Turf Club, Inc.)

The competition will continue through April 13, and all film submissions will be due by April 23. Online voting will begin April 26, and will close May 4. Winners will be announced at Santa Anita on May 10.

This year's general entry fee is $50 and students (with valid student identification) may enter for $20 by March 1. Those entering after that date may do so for $75 and $50, respectively.

Also, each entrant will be given two film festival credentials which will allow shooting access to select public areas at Santa Anita, and receive 10 clubhouse passes good for admission throughout Santa Anita's winter/spring meeting.

For more information on the film festival at Santa Anita, go to or send an e-mail to