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Opening Night Film – Luce

Thursday, April 25 @ 7:30 pm | Edwards Big Newport 1

Opening Night Film – Luce

Thursday, April 25 @ 7:30 pm
Edwards Big Newport 1

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.

 
Live Performance

Opening Night Gala

Thursday, April 25 @ 10:00 pm | Fashion Island

Opening Night Gala

Thursday, April 25 @ 10:00 pm
Fashion Island

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.

Friday Spotlight – The Etruscan Smile

Friday, April 26 @ 8:00 pm | Triangle theater 6

Friday Spotlight – The Etruscan Smile

Friday, April 26 @ 8:00 pm
Triangle theater 6

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.

Friday Spotlight – The Tomorrow Man

Friday, April 26 @ 8:15 pm | Triangle theater 5

Friday Spotlight – The Tomorrow Man

Friday, April 26 @ 8:15 pm
Triangle theater 5

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.

UK Spotlight – Only You

Friday, April 26 @ 8:15 pm | THE LOT theater 3

UK Spotlight – Only You

Friday, April 26 @ 8:15 pm
THE LOT theater 3

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.

Friday Spotlight – Pink Wall

Friday, April 26 @ 8:30 pm | Triangle theater 4

Friday Spotlight – Pink Wall

Friday, April 26 @ 8:30 pm
Triangle theater 4

Six scenes. Six years. Six moments that shaped the relationship of Jenna and Leon.

Friday Spotlight Party

Friday, April 26 @ 10:00 pm | North Italia

Friday Spotlight Party

Friday, April 26 @ 10:00 pm
North Italia

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.  

Saturday Centerpiece – Papi Chulo

Saturday, April 27 @ 8:00 pm | Triangle theater 7

Saturday Centerpiece – Papi Chulo

Saturday, April 27 @ 8:00 pm
Triangle theater 7

A lonely TV weatherman strikes up an unusual friendship with a middle-aged Latino migrant worker.

Saturday Centerpiece – Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile

Saturday, April 27 @ 8:00 pm | Triangle theater 8

Saturday Centerpiece – Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile

Saturday, April 27 @ 8:00 pm
Triangle theater 8

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.

 
With Guests

Action Sports Spotlight – The Tony Alva Story presented by VANS

Saturday, April 27 @ 8:15 pm
Lido Theater

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.

Saturday Centerpiece – Official Secrets

Saturday, April 27 @ 8:15 pm | Triangle theater 5

Saturday Centerpiece – Official Secrets

Saturday, April 27 @ 8:15 pm
Triangle theater 5

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.

Saturday Centerpiece – Them That Follow

Saturday, April 27 @ 8:30 pm | Triangle theater 6

Saturday Centerpiece – Them That Follow

Saturday, April 27 @ 8:30 pm
Triangle theater 6

A Pentecostal pastor's daughter's forbidden relationship forces her to confront the dangerous traditions of her father's church.

Saturday Centerpiece Party

Saturday, April 27 @ 10:00 pm | Lido Plaza

Saturday Centerpiece Party

Saturday, April 27 @ 10:00 pm
Lido Plaza

Please join us for the Newport Beach Film Festival’s Saturday Night Spotlight Celebration at Via Lido Plaza hosted by Tito's Vodka. Guests will be treated to entertainment and d’oeuvres prepared by award-winning Orange County restaurants, and a hosted bar by Tito’s Vodka. Tickets to this Gala can be bought on their own or with Saturday Centerpiece films.

Irish Spotlight – Metal Heart

Sunday, April 28 @ 6:30 pm | Edwards Big Newport 5

Irish Spotlight – Metal Heart

Sunday, April 28 @ 6:30 pm
Edwards Big Newport 5

Home alone for their last summer together before adulthood beckons, two estranged twin sisters find their way back to one another.

Irish Spotlight – The Belly Of The Whale

Sunday, April 28 @ 6:45 pm | Edwards Big Newport 4

Irish Spotlight – The Belly Of The Whale

Sunday, April 28 @ 6:45 pm
Edwards Big Newport 4

Two down-and-outs bonded together in misfortune devise a plan to rob a small town amusement arcade.

Irish Spotlight – Rosie

Sunday, April 28 @ 7:00 pm | Edwards Big Newport 6

Irish Spotlight – Rosie

Sunday, April 28 @ 7:00 pm
Edwards Big Newport 6

After their landlord sells their rented home, a young mother tries to protect her family from homelessness.

Chilean Spotlight – Too Late To Die Young

Monday, April 29 @ 7:45 pm | Triangle theater 6

Chilean Spotlight – Too Late To Die Young

Monday, April 29 @ 7:45 pm
Triangle theater 6

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.

Mexican Spotlight – The Chambermaid

Monday, April 29 @ 8:00 pm | Triangle theater 5

Mexican Spotlight – The Chambermaid

Monday, April 29 @ 8:00 pm
Triangle theater 5

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.

Brazilian Spotlight – Domingo

Monday, April 29 @ 8:30 pm | Triangle theater 4

Brazilian Spotlight – Domingo

Monday, April 29 @ 8:30 pm
Triangle theater 4

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.

Colombian Spotlight – Monos

Monday, April 29 @ 8:30 pm | Triangle theater 8

Colombian Spotlight – Monos

Monday, April 29 @ 8:30 pm
Triangle theater 8

On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.

 
Live Performance

Latin Showcase Party

Monday, April 29 @ 10:00 pm | Time Nightclub

Latin Showcase Party

Monday, April 29 @ 10:00 pm
Time Nightclub

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.  

German Spotlight – 100 Things

Tuesday, April 30 @ 8:00 pm | Triangle theater 6

German Spotlight – 100 Things

Tuesday, April 30 @ 8:00 pm
Triangle theater 6

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.

Swedish Spotlight – Sune vs Sune

Tuesday, April 30 @ 8:00 pm | Triangle theater 8

Swedish Spotlight – Sune vs Sune

Tuesday, April 30 @ 8:00 pm
Triangle theater 8

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.

French Spotlight – Real Love (C’est Ça L’amour )

Tuesday, April 30 @ 8:15 pm | Triangle theater 4

French Spotlight – Real Love (C’est Ça L’amour )

Tuesday, April 30 @ 8:15 pm
Triangle theater 4

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.

Italian Spotlight – Let Me Introduce You To Sofia

Tuesday, April 30 @ 8:30 pm | Triangle theater 5

Italian Spotlight – Let Me Introduce You To Sofia

Tuesday, April 30 @ 8:30 pm
Triangle theater 5

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.

European Showcase Party

Tuesday, April 30 @ 10:00 pm | Time Nightclub

European Showcase Party

Tuesday, April 30 @ 10:00 pm
Time Nightclub

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.

Japanese Spotlight – Day And Night

Wednesday, May 1 @ 7:45 pm | Triangle theater 8

Japanese Spotlight – Day And Night

Wednesday, May 1 @ 7:45 pm
Triangle theater 8

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.

Korean Spotlight – The Witness

Wednesday, May 1 @ 8:00 pm | Triangle theater 6

Korean Spotlight – The Witness

Wednesday, May 1 @ 8:00 pm
Triangle theater 6

An ordinary man witnesses a cruel murder and becomes entangled in circumstances out of his control.

Australian Spotlight – Top End Wedding

Wednesday, May 1 @ 8:15 pm | Triangle theater 5

Australian Spotlight – Top End Wedding

Wednesday, May 1 @ 8:15 pm
Triangle theater 5

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.

Chinese Spotlight – Baby

Wednesday, May 1 @ 8:15 pm | Triangle theater 7

Chinese Spotlight – Baby

Wednesday, May 1 @ 8:15 pm
Triangle theater 7

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…

 
Live Performance

Pacific Rim Showcase Party

Wednesday, May 1 @ 10:00 pm | Time Nightclub

Pacific Rim Showcase Party

Wednesday, May 1 @ 10:00 pm
Time Nightclub

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.  

 
With Guests

Closing Night Film – Part Of Water

Thursday, May 2 @ 8:00 pm | Lido Theater

Closing Night Film – Part Of Water

Thursday, May 2 @ 8:00 pm
Lido Theater

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.

Closing Night Party

Thursday, May 2 @ 10:00 pm | Lido Plaza

Closing Night Party

Thursday, May 2 @ 10:00 pm
Lido Plaza

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.

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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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Premiere Venue

Fashion Island - Premiere Venue

Our stylish home hotel is located in Newport Beach, CA, steps from Fashion Island.

 

John Wayne Airport (SNA)

John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA) is approximately 7 miles from our main venues and hotel at Fashion Island.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX is the largest and busiest airport in  the state of California and is approximately 40 miles north of Newport Beach.

Official Hotel

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel

Our stylish home hotel is located in Newport Beach, CA, steps from Fashion Island.