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A married couple is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all-star student.
Presented by Pacific Sales, the Opening Night Gala will feature a hosted bar by Tito’s Vodka with culinary tastings from Orange County’s premier restaurants as well as an exclusive performance by the band Side Deal.
Rory, a rugged Scotsman, reluctantly leaves his beloved Hebridean island and travels to San Francisco to seek medical treatment. Moving in with his estranged son, Rory sees his life transformed through a newly found bond with his grandson.
In a small town somewhere in America, a disaster prepper and a hoarder will try to find love while trying not to get lost in each other's stuff.
Elena and Jake meet by chance on New Years Eve, arguing for the same taxi. However, instead of going their separate ways after sharing a taxi ,they start a passionate relationship.
Please join us for our Friday Night Spotlight Party at North Italia. The Friday Night Spotlight Party will feature a hosted bar by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Korbel, Capeline, Guinness and Babes Brewery & BBQ, with culinary tastings from Orange County’s premiere restaurants. Tickets to this event can be purchased on their own or with Friday night spotlight films.
A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.
61-year-old Tony Alva is considered by many to be the godfather of modern day skateboarding. Alva’s brand of aggression and bravado paved the way for skating as we know it.
The true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
A Pentecostal pastor's daughter's forbidden relationship forces her to confront the dangerous traditions of her father's church.
Please join us for the Newport Beach Film Festival’s Saturday Night Spotlight Celebration at Via Lido Plaza hosted by Vans. Guests will be treated to entertainment and d’oeuvres prepared by award-winning Orange County restaurants, and a hosted bar by Tito’s Vodka, Cape Line and Peroni. Tickets to this Gala can be bought on their own or with Saturday Centerpiece films.
Democracy comes back to Chile during the summer of 1990. In an isolated community, Sofía, Lucas and Clara, face their first loves and fears, while preparing for New Year's Eve. They may live far from the dangers of the city, but not from those of nature.
A young chambermaid working in one of the most luxurious hotels in Mexico City enrolls in the hotel's adult education program to help improve her life.
A politician who rose from the working class was recently elected president of Brazil, affecting various members of society very differently. This family and political drama takes a sly and subtle look into the classism of Brazilian society.
Please join us for the Newport Beach Film Festival’s Latin Showcase Party, honoring the best in Latin filmmaking. Hosted by OC Weekly and Time Nightclub featuring top entertainment and hors d’oeuvres prepared by award-winning Orange County restaurants. Hosted bar by Tito’s Vodka. Tickets to this event can be purchased on their own or with Latin Spotlight films.
Two men are forced to question the necessity of consumerism and make a wager to give up all of their possessions for 100 days, including food and clothing, taking back one piece each day.
On his first day as a fourth-grader, Sune is welcomed by an unwanted surprise. A new boy is in his seat, and he's everything Sune wants to be. Not only that, but his name is also Sune - it's the worst possible start to the fourth grade.
Since his wife walked out on the family, Mario has raised their two daughters of his own. Mario is a vulnerable, emotionally dependent guy. He wants to keep his daughters with him, but knows that their leaving is inevitable. He has to refocus on himself and what he wants in life.
When divorced father, Gabriele, begins dating a woman who hates children, he hides the existence of his 10-year-old daughter, Sofia, to get a second chance at love.
Please join us for the Newport Beach Film Festival’s European Showcase Party, honoring the best in European filmmaking. Hosted by Time Nightclub and PBS SoCal, featuring top entertainment and hors d’oeuvres prepared by award-winning Orange County restaurants. Hosted bar by Tito’s Vodka. Tickets to this event can be purchased on their own or with European Spotlight films.
Koji Akashi’s father, a whistleblower for a large corporation, commits suicide, leaving his family in ruin. After being approached by a morally grey man, he begins to consider taking revenge.
Lauren and Ned are engaged, they are in love, and they have just ten days to find Lauren's mother who has gone AWOL before pulling off their dream wedding.
At the age of 19, starting work as a cleaner in the local children’s hospital, Jiang Meng encounters a baby born with the same congenital defects she herself suffered from. Faced with a barrage of high risk operations, the father has decided to refuse treatment and take the baby home with him – condemning his daughter to a certain death. Jiang Meng will stop at nothing to rescue this newborn girl who mirrors so closely who she once was. Tickets…
Please join us for the Newport Beach Film Festival’s Pacific Rim Showcase Party, honoring the best in Asian and Australian filmmaking. Hosted by Time Nightclub and featuring top entertainment and hors d’oeuvres prepared by award winning Orange County restaurants. Hosted bar by Tito’s Vodka. Tickets to this event can be purchased on their own or with Pacific Rim spotlight films.
When most people think of ocean lifeguards, they think of Baywatch; but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Part of Water tells the tragic story of fallen lifeguard, Ben Carlson, who lost his life in the line of duty while on a rescue during a massive swell in 2014. Through Ben’s story, Part of Water sheds light on the countless dangers that ocean lifeguards face and earning the respect they’ve always deserved.
Hosted by Via Lido Plaza, this 21+ only party will feature a hosted bar by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Peroni, Korbel Champagne, Capeline, Guinness and Babes Brewery & BBQ. Come hungry and enjoy culinary tastings from Orange County’s premier restaurants, including Descanso, Avanti Natural, Dear Mama LA and Bluewater Grill.
Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of OC's Largest Film & Food Event
Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the United States, and attracting 50,000 film & food fans in 2018, NBFF seeks to bring Orange County the best of contemporary filmmaking from over 50 countries all around the world.
In addition to our large collection of feature and short films, NBFF welcomes 90 of the area's best restaurants, chefs, caterers and tasty treats to serve at our 15 parties, making us one of the largest culinary events in all of Southern California
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