Guide to the 2016 NBFF Gala Events

The Newport Beach Film Festival hosts nightly galas throughout the week of the festival bringing thousands of filmmakers and festival goers together to celebrate the films. The galas have become a huge hit and a top highlight of the festival. Each gala has the area’s finest restaurants providing unique and mouthwatering tastings to guests.

Opening Night Gala

The Opening Night Gala is the most prestigious event of the festival. Hosted at Fashion Island, this first event is the perfect way to celebrate the kick off of the festival. This year featured an exquisite performance of Ka by Cirque Du Soleil as well as a VIP bar provided by Celebrity Cruises and Jackson Family Wine. Guest can also get their fill tasting our 25 restaurant partners’ delicious dishes. The event is 21 and up and cocktail attire is strongly recommended as well as a coat as there will be a red carpet and the event is outdoors.


Friday Night Spotlight Gala at Anthropologie

Friday night is a special night not only for the celebrations of the Friday night spotlights, but also a celebration for the reopening of Anthropologie in Fashion Island. Guests will be some of the first to see the exciting remodel as the newly expanded store will be the co host and venue of the gala. Anthropologie is providing hors d’oeuvres as well as multiple restaurant partners serving their superb tastings to guests. The sparkling wine is hosted by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Stella Artois will be made available to guests. To top everything off, this gala we will be having the wonderful Los Angeles based band, Banta, playing live music. This event is 21 and up and cocktail attire is strongly recommended.


Saturday Night Spotlight Party at Room and Board Saturday Night Spotlight Event

Saturday night’s party will be hosted at Room and Board. Join us in celebrating the Saturday night spotlights at this tasteful event. Enjoy the open bar and delicious dishes from some of the best restaurants in the area. Mingle with film lovers and filmmakers alike at Room and Board! Cocktail attire recommended and only 21+ allowed entry.


Irish Spotlight EventSunday Irish Showcase Gala

This event will be presented by Aer Lingus and is to be held at Muldoon’s Irish Pub. There is no better way to celebrate the Irish Spotlight films then here at an Irish Pub with us! Hors d’oeuvres provided will be prepared by Muldoons. Newport Beach magazine will be hosting with top entertainment featured.



Monday’s Pacific Rim Spotlight Party

Following the Pacific Rim Spotlights will be a celebration party at Design Within Reach. One of the most exciting parties that you will not want to miss as there will be multiple performances including: Lion Dancing, traditional Korean dancing, and Jokaido. There will also be a photo booth along with more tasty dishes provided by our pristine restaurant partners. This party celebrates cultures and movies and will be one to remember. Cocktail attire encouraged, only 21+ allowed entry.


Tuesday Night European Showcase Gala

Come to Design Within Reach Tuesday for a fun night following the European Spotlights. Mingle with the European filmmakers and the best of Orange County’s film buffs while you enjoy delectable tastings of the area’s finest cuisine courtesy of our restaurant partners. Tito’s Handmade Handmade Vodka and Stella Artois will be providing refreshments as well as Vespas and photo booths being present for guests to marvel and enjoy. The awe inspiring OC Aerial Arts will also be in attendance and perform for those at the party!


Wednesday night Latino Showcase Gala, April 27 10pm-1am.

It is our honor to have Univision and K-LOVE 107.5 present the gala celebrating the Latino Showcase films on Wednesday night. Indulge in the best local restaurant tastings while enjoying beverages courtesy of Tito’s Handmade Handmade Vodka and Stella Artois. There will also be exciting entertainment to wow guests and follow the great Latino films that will be shown.


Closing Night Gala at the Lido Plaza

There is no better way to celebrate the closing of another amazing year at the Newport Beach Film Festival than at the Closing Night Gala. This event is presented by Modern Luxury & Via Lido Plaza and is hosted at Via Lido Plaza. Some of Orange County’s finest restaurants will be providing their best tastings for guests’ enjoyment. Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Stella Artois and Stella Cidre will also be providing drinks and open bars. Join us in closing the festival in cocktail attire for the Closing Night Gala that will leave you waiting and already ready for next year’s festival.

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