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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

About the Festival

What is the Newport Beach Film Festival?

The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization on a 20+ year mission to bring the best in international and independent film to Orange County.

We do that by throwing an annual 8-day festival featuring over 300 feature and short films from over 50 countries each April. Then, throughout the rest of the year, we host screenings, industry events, and our own awards programs spotlighting independent and international filmmakers.

When is the Newport Beach Film Festival?

While normally our annual festival takes place in April, the global impact of COVID-19 has forced us, like many other events to postpone.

As of April 2020, we are still planning on holding a 2020 Film Festival on August 6-13. We are in constant contact with state and local officials to anticipate what that event will look like. As the safety of our filmmakers, volunteers, and attendees is top priortiy for us, we will be following the most up to date safety recommendations at that time.

Where is the Newport Beach Film Festival?

Our annual festival takes place in theares around Newport Beach, including Fashion Island’s THE LOT, Regal’s Big Edwards Newport, the historic Lido Theater, and Costa Mesa’s Triangle Cinemas.

Can I attend the Newport Beach Film Festival?

All Newport Beach Film Festival screenings are open to the public, though parental discretion is advised.

Film Festival after-parties and our Opening and Closing night gala events are 21+, with no exceptions as they feature hosted bars and this is in compliance with local laws.

NBFF works with local and state authorities to ensure a safe event. Please check our safety page for more information.

How do I attend the Newport Beach Film Festival?

Passes

The easiest way to enjoy the Newport Beach Film Festival is to purchase an NBFF pass. Passholders recieve early access to festival tickets, receive exclusive access to NBFF year-round screenings, and are invited to special NBFF events.

Passholders also enjoy access to all NBFF streaming content, including 100+ alumni short films and periodic screenings of alumni feature films as well as streaming industry Q&As, behind the scenes content, and  special NBFF programming.

Tickets

NBFF film festival film and party tickets are available to passholders on July 1 and to the public July 7.

NBFF for Filmmakers

How can I submit my work to NBFF?

2020 submissions are currently closed. Sumbissions for 2021 will open August 24, 2021.

 

Does my work qualify for the Newport Beach Film Festival?

NBFF accepts both narrative and documentary features and short films. For a full list of our film standards, please visit our submissions guidelines page.

Can I edit my film content on the NBFF website?

NBFF enables filmmakers to do more to promote their film, even after it’s festival run and release.

We designate the NBFF contact who submits your film as a partial editor on your film page so that you can add videos and photos for your film and respond to audience questions. Additional editors can only be added if they have a Newport Beach Film Festival account. Please contact us if you wish to be added as a page editor for your film.

How do I edit my film content on the NBFF website?

Once you are logged in to your Newport Beach Film Festival account, please visit: https://newportbeachfilmfest.com/edit-listings/ to submit your content for approval from our NBFF Programming Team.

What content can I add to my film on the NBFF website?

An NBFF filmmaker account enables you to submit film stills, respond to audince comments, and add videos to your film gallery. Videos can include: your trailer, a behind the scenes featurette, a filmmaker greeting/introduction, and an additional clip.

Filmmakers also have the option to make their full film available on the NBFF website. Full-length films are only viewable with an active NBFF public, filmmaker, or industry pass. If you would like to schedule a limited streaming window with NBFF, please contact our programming department.

NBFF for Industry

How do I get an NBFF Industry Pass?

The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization on a 20+ year mission to bring the best in international and independent film to Orange County.

We do that by throwing an annual 8-day festival featuring over 300 feature and short films from over 50 countries each April. Then, throughout the rest of the year, we host screenings, industry events, and our own awards programs spotlighting independent and international filmmakers.

What are the benefits of an NBFF Industry Pass?

While normally our annual festival takes place in April, the global impact of COVID-19 has forced us, like many other events to postpone.

As of April 2020, we are still planning on holding a 2020 Film Festival on August 6-13. We are in constant contact with state and local officials to anticipate what that event will look like. As the safety of our filmmakers, volunteers, and attendees is top priortiy for us, we will be following the most up to date safety recommendations at that time.

NBFF for Volunteers

What opportunities does NBFF offer volunteers?

The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization on a 20+ year mission to bring the best in international and independent film to Orange County.

We do that by throwing an annual 8-day festival featuring over 300 feature and short films from over 50 countries each April. Then, throughout the rest of the year, we host screenings, industry events, and our own awards programs spotlighting independent and international filmmakers.

How do I become and NBFF volunteer?

While normally our annual festival takes place in April, the global impact of COVID-19 has forced us, like many other events to postpone.

As of April 2020, we are still planning on holding a 2020 Film Festival on August 6-13. We are in constant contact with state and local officials to anticipate what that event will look like. As the safety of our filmmakers, volunteers, and attendees is top priortiy for us, we will be following the most up to date safety recommendations at that time.

NBFF for Press

Does NBFF offer press passes?

The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization on a 20+ year mission to bring the best in international and independent film to Orange County.

We do that by throwing an annual 8-day festival featuring over 300 feature and short films from over 50 countries each April. Then, throughout the rest of the year, we host screenings, industry events, and our own awards programs spotlighting independent and international filmmakers.

How do I obtain an NBFF press pass?

While normally our annual festival takes place in April, the global impact of COVID-19 has forced us, like many other events to postpone.

As of April 2020, we are still planning on holding a 2020 Film Festival on August 6-13. We are in constant contact with state and local officials to anticipate what that event will look like. As the safety of our filmmakers, volunteers, and attendees is top priortiy for us, we will be following the most up to date safety recommendations at that time.