Newport Beach Film Festival

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Newport Beach Film Festival
Location Newport Beach, California, USA

The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) is an annual film festival held in Newport Beach in the U.S. state of California. Held in late April, the festival focuses on showcasing a diverse assortment of studio and independent films.[1] Many films showcased at the festival have a strong international and humanitarian focus.[2] The Newport Beach Film Festival places an emphasis on support for emerging and respected filmmakers through encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to participate. The 16th annual Newport Beach Film Festival is currently open for submissions and will be held April 23-April 30, 2015.[1]


The Newport Beach Film Festival was established in 1999 after the failure of an earlier film festival series in the same location.[3][4] This festival presents a multi genre, international range of independent and studio films. The Newport Beach Film Festival features World, North America, U.S. and West Coast premieres as well as International Spotlight Series celebrating foreign language films.[1]

In 2013 the Newport Beach Film Festival announced a new partnership with the Orange County Music Awards; which has produced the launch of the Music Video Showcase in the festival. 2013 was the first year this genre was included in the festival.[1]

Growth of the Festival[edit]

The Newport Beach Film Festival has evolved into a prestigious event, attracting over 52,000 attendees to Orange County.[5] It has also grown in size of its films; screening over 400 films in the 8 days the festival occurs. The 2012 festival specifically featured 460 different films,.[6] In 2002, the festival took a rapid growth on its third year. The nine-day event offered 73 features and 16 programs of short films, up from 56 features and 14 bills of short films the year prior in 2001.[7] According to documented statistics, in 2013 the selection committee reviewed 2,700 films from around the globe, and then showcased 380 films, representing 50 countries.[8] The year 2013 also holds the attendance record of 52,000 documented attendees.[5]

Types of Films[edit]

The Newport Beach Film Festival is divided into eight competitive sections, in which filmmakers can submit their pieces to. The film categories that are shown in this festival include:[1]

  • Action Sports Films
  • AA+D (Art, Architecture and Design Film Series)
  • Documentaries
  • Environmental Films
  • Family Films
  • Music Films
  • Short Films
  • Youth Films

Due to the coastal location of the festival, many of the films are connected to the history of surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding. This suggests the Newport Beach Film Festivals audience base is largely dedicated to the Action Sports Cinema category.[2]

Sponsors of the Festival[edit]

The Newport Beach Film Festival draws its sponsors through the local community and partner organizations. The founding sponsor of the festival is the city of Newport Beach, California. The festival works with premiere sponsors (which help exhibit the films), event sponsors, media sponsors, production sponsors, supporting sponsors, hotel and restaurant sponsors, as well as community and cultural partnerships.[1]

The festival also works with several colleges in Southern California to put together a showcase of student made films. The Newport Beach Film Festival has multiple partner schools including: University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Southern California (USC), Cal State University Fullerton, Cal State University Long Beach, and Chapman University.[1] These collegiate showcases are exclusively screened at the Studio at Sage Hill and the Lido Theater.[1] These screenings have proved to be grounds for the new voices of independent cinema.

The Newport Beach Film Festival also partners with prominent art and education organizations to bring events and notable cinematography to Orange County. Exclusive events feature personal conversations with filmmakers, pre screenings, exhibit tours, musical performances, and book signings. The Organization proudly sponsors with Orange County Film Society, Orange County Museum of Art, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Orange County Parks, and the Newport Beach Public Library.[1]

The most recent partnership, which was established in 2013, is between the Newport Beach Film Festival and the Orange County Music Awards.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Newport Beach Film Festival". Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Miller, Jason (19 April 2011). "12th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival". Surfing Magazine. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Cohen, Alison (October 13, 1999), "Film Festival Gets Renewed Push; Newport Beach officials vote to resurrect drive after demise of international event. Educational facet is discussed", Los Angeles Times .
  4. ^ "Newport Beach Film Festival marks 10th year", Long Beach Press-Telegram, April 22, 2009 .
  5. ^ a b Baker, Candice (21 April 2012). "Newport Beach Film Festival To Have 18 World Premieres". Daily Pilot. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Randall, Laura (April 25, 2012), "Newport Beach film fest: 'Jewtopia,' John Wayne and lots more", Los Angeles Times .
  7. ^ Boehm, Mike (22 April 2002). "Newport Film Festival Closes With Slight Gain In Attendance". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "'Moon' Lands The Top Prizes". Daily Pilot. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 

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