20 Years of Bringing Fine Film to Newport Beach

Join us April 25th - May 2nd, 2019 for the Newport Beach Film Festival’s (NBFF) 20th-anniversary milestone! Internationally recognized as one of Southern California’s leading film events, we host eight days of 350+ film screenings, 55,000+ attendees, engaging networking opportunities, industry seminars, incredible nightly galas, private receptions, entertainment, and more!

Film, food, industry, and culture in the heart of Newport Beach. Join us for a fantastic and celebratory year!

 

Festival Mission

The Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program as well as providing a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the Festival focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of both studio and independent films.

The Festival supports the creation and advancement of innovative and artistic cinematic works from both emerging and seasoned filmmakers and proudly embraces the passion, vision and independent spirit of these talented artists. With the integration of the local community and educational institutions, the Festival stimulates an interest in the study and appreciation of film and encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to participate.

What Makes Us Different

The nation’s largest smart growth and sustainability event places a strong emphasis on implementation tools, innovative strategies and new technologies that will help communities NOW!

Scale:

NBFF is one of Southern California’s largest film events! Showcasing over 350 films to an audience of 55,000 people each year, NBFF provides a great platform to spread the word about your film!

Destination:

There is plenty to do, see, and explore in the beautiful city of Newport Beach. We want our filmmakers to get to know us and the city that makes our Festival such a unique and special experience.

Incredible Nightly Galas:

NBFF is renowned for its unforgettable nightly galas that feature food, drink, music, and live entertainment! We want to support the success of our filmmaking community while providing our guests with an incredible Festival experience. At NBFF, we bridge the gap between industry and lifestyle.

Programming Team:

Our team deeply cares about Filmmakers, their process, and the creative integrity of filmmaking; we want you to have the best Festival experience possible!

Screening Experience:

We showcase films the way it was intended to be seen! Expect an engaged and excited audience in a wide array of world-class location theaters. Get even more involved with an in-person Q&A after each film screening.

Industry Network:

Build meaningful connections with industry insiders eager to meet and interact at our nightly gala events, private receptions, and industry seminars! Our proximity to LA allows filmmakers to interact with industry professionals including sales agents, distributors, financiers, and leading production personnel.

Global Presence:

Our attendees travel from around the world to watch our international spotlights. International films are partnered with regional organizations to help promote and support their success.

Hosted Seminars:

Engage in a thoughtful, up-close, and personal discussion of a variety of film topics with acclaimed industry professionals. Learn the latest tricks of the trade in screenwriting, directing, editing, acting, cinematography, film financing, casting, and virtual reality from leaders within the filmmaking community!

Festival History

Founded in 1999, the Newport Beach Film Festival has emerged as the largest international cinema event in Southern California, attracting over 56,000 attendees to Orange County, CA.

The Community Outreach Program was created with the idea that film offers new perspectives and possibilities for a changing world. Each year, the Festival partners with over 40 non-profit organizations and pairs each philanthropic organization with a film that aligns with their mission.

The Festival gives non-profit organizations a forum to voice their message to large audiences and spread awareness of their organization and mission through the medium of film. Areas of focus include the arts, health and human services, the environment, education, children’s causes, seniors’ and veterans’ programs, and alumni clubs.