The Newport Beach Film Festival works with several colleges here in Southern California to put together a showcase of student-made films from each, shown during the week of the festival. Our collegiate showcases screen almost exclusively at the beautiful Studio at Sage Hill, with greater-attended programs among them instead being screened in the historic Lido Theater. These screenings are an excellent way for a student filmmaker, working with their school, to have their film screened before an actual film-going audience and to begin the process of building media and community notoriety. The showcases consist of a number of films from each partner school, screened together, and in the past have shown time and time again to be proving grounds for the new voices of independent cinema.

Films screened within our Collegiate Showcase are under separate considerations than the bulk of the Festival’s program, so please be sure to read our Submission Guidelines.

Partnering institutions include:

  • University of Southern California (USC)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • University of California, Irvine (UCI)
  • Cal State University, Long Beach
  • Cal State University,  Fullerton
  • Chapman University
  • Orange Coast College (OCC)
  • Saddleback College