The Newport Beach Film Festival is proud to announce its inaugural TV Awards Showcase will take place during the 21st annual Film Festival (April 23 – April 30, 2020). The showcase is in partnership with Variety Media and will be held at the iconic Port Theater April 24 – April 26, 2020.Schitt’s Creek Actor and TV icon, Eugene Levy will be honored with the first ever Newport Beach Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award on Friday, April 24 th during the TV Showcase.
The Festival and Variety’s editorial team will curate and screen six of 2020’s hottest and most buzzworthy television shows. Each screening will be followed by an intimate Q&A session with the cast and crew moderated by a Variety television editor or reporter. The Showcase will kick off the Festival’s opening weekend with an Award Ceremony honoring iconic figures in television today. Honorees and Q&A participants TBD.
Eugene Levy is an award-winning actor, writer, and producer. In addition to his Emmy® nominated work on Schitt’s Creek, Levy has played countless iconic roles across his storied career in film and television. After solidifying his television legacy on SCTV (Second City Television), Levy partnered with Christopher Guest to co-write and co-star in widely celebrated films BEST IN SHOW, WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION, and A MIGHTY WIND. With the role of Noah Levenstein in the AMERICAN PIE franchise, Levy also cemented his reputation as America’s favorite dad.
Eugene Levy co-created and co-stars in Schitt’s Creek with his son Daniel. The beloved comedy series has received countless nominations and awards including four Emmy® nominations, a Producers Guild Award nomination, a GLAAD Media Award nomination, five Critics’ Choice Award nominations and two Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations.
“For the past century, television has been a key component in the entertainment industry and continually persisted to accomplish groundbreaking achievements.” said Gregg Schwenk, CEO and Co-Founder of the Newport Beach Film Festival, “We strive to acknowledge all forms of story-telling and with the evolution of television it is a natural progression to include it into the Film Festival’s high quality line-up.” “With the lines between film and television now blurred in the best of all possible ways – witness the recent Oscars – we’re excited to work with the forward-looking team at the Newport Beach Film Festival on their first-ever NBFF Television Awards Showcase,” said Steve Gaydos, Executive Vice President, Content Executive Editor at Variety. “The talents, the creativity, the importance of the projects that will be brought to life with in-person conversations and screenings means this is an irresistible opportunity for Variety to lead the charge
on progress and change, as we’ve been doing for 115 years.”
The Newport Beach Film Festival will showcase more than 350 films and television shows from 50 countries and host nightly special events, red carpet galas, compelling conversations with filmmakers, international spotlight events and seminars. The Festival offers filmgoers unique opportunities to mingle with celebrities, filmmakers from around the globe and film industry professionals in a beautiful seaside locale.
Passes and tickets for film screenings, galas and special events go on sale April 1.Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the United States, 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, a forum for cultural
understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the NBFF focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of studio and independent films from around the globe. The 21th annual Newport Beach Film Festival runs April 23 – April 30 and will spotlight over 350 films from around the world. Now celebrating its 115th year anniversary, Variety is the seminal voice of the entertainment industry.
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