Launched in 2005, the Newport Beach Film Festival’s Youth Film Showcase celebrates the cinematic works, visions and perspectives of young people from around the world. Through the exhibition of youth created media, the Festival seeks to create a forum for young filmmakers and encourage freedom of expression through cinema. The free event features a screening of short films created by filmmakers 18 years and younger, followed by an interactive Q&A session and an awards presentation. The showcase features a wide array of genres, including comedy, drama, suspense, romance, documentary, animation, science fiction, experimental, music video and PSA’s. In 2006, the NBFF welcomed actor Will Ferrell as Honorary Chair and live host of the Youth Film Showcase.