2018 NBFF Award Winners

9TH ANNUAL NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY PACIFIC SALES ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS

Newport Beach, CA – May 7, 2018 – The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) presented by Pacific Sales announced the winners of the 2018 Festival. On May 3, the Festival wrapped up its eight day run with the Southern California Premiere of All Square starring Josh Lucas, Michael Kelly, Pamela Adlon, Tom Everett Scott, Jay Larson and Andrew Sikking at the Regency Lido Theater, followed by a glaa at the Via Lido Plaza. The Festival opened on April 26 with the West Coast Premiere of American Animals, followed by a gala featuring culinary tastings from over 30 of Orange County’s premiere restaurants, hosted bar by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and live performances from Grammy award-winning artist Side Deal and world-renowned dance company, Academy of Villains.

On April 28, the Newport Beach Film Festival celebrated outstanding contribution to global cinema at a special Honors event at the Newport Beach Country Club. The Festival’s selection committee reviewed more than 2,500 films. The Festival screened over 350 films, representing 50 countries. The films competed for Jury, Festival Honors and Audience Awards. 

The 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival jury featured an impressive roster of film industry professionals, including Leah Sydney (producer, journalist and awards consultant), Bernardo Rondeau (Academy Museum of Motion Pictures), Melissa Hirschenson, (Senior Talent Agent at Innovative Artists Talent & Literary Agency), Larry Laboe, (President of Production at SXM), Jolene Rodriguez (Sony Pictures Entertainment), Christine Dávila (Creative Executive at Stage 1), Jennie Morris (Programming Strategy Lead at Facebook) KJ Relt (film programmer, writer and lecturer) and David Baxter (writer and producer).

NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL HONORS AWARDS

Artists of Distinction: Jessica Pare

A Canadian actress and singer, Jessica Pare made her Hollywood debut in Wicker Park and is known for her role on the AMC series Mad Men. Films she has starred in have been screened at the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival.

Icon: Paco Delgado

Paco was born in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain and has worked on films such as A Wrinkle In Time, Les Miserables, and The Danish Girl. He has been nominated for Academy Awards, and won the CDG award for his work in The Danish Girl.

Breakout: Nadine Haders

Nadine Haders is a costume designer known best for her work in the film Get Out. Previously, she had worked primarily in television costume design. Other films include Pay it Forward, The X-Files.

Newcomer: Joe Sill

New to the industry, Joe’s career jump started with the commercial Tesla – Modern Spaceship which he wrote, produced and directed. The commercial caught the attention of Elon Musk and many advertising agencies. He recently completed production on his first feature film Stray.

2018 AUDIENCE AWARDS:

FEATURE NARRATIVE FILM – Ride

FOREIGN FILM – The Drummer and the Keeper

DOCUMENTARY – Pick of the Litter

ACTION SPORTS – Time Well Spent

ART, ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN – Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future

CULINARY – Cuban Food Stories

ENVIRONMENTAL – The Human Element

FAMILY – A Boy Called Sailboat

MUSIC – Up to Snuff

SHORT DOCUMENTARY – Aloha Aina Warrior

SHORT NARRATIVE – The Day of Matthew Montgomery

2018 JURY AWARDS

BEST FILM – All Square

BEST ACTOR – Michael Kelly – All Square

BEST ACTRESS – Rusty Schwimmer – Wild Honey

BEST DIRECTOR – Frank Berry – Michael Inside

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Tom Comerford – Michael Inside

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: HONORABLE MENTION – Rust

BEST DOCUMENTARY – Forever “B

BEST DOCUMENTARY: HONORABLE MENTION – Minding the Gap

BEST SCREENWRITER – Timothy Brady – All Square

SHORT FILMS

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM – DeKalb Elementary

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM – The Bare Knuckle Carer

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM – My Father’s Room

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM: HONORABLE MENTION –  Garden Party

BEST MUSIC VIDEO: Cold Little Heart

2018 FESTIVAL HONORS:

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: DIRECTING – Shana Feste, Boundaries

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: ACTING – Maika Monroe, Shotgun

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: ACTING – Finn Wittrock, Locating Silver Lake

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE: Shane Graham, Ride

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: SCREENWRITING – Will Elliott, Kirk C. Johnson, Nicholas Rutherford, Robert Schwartzman – The Unicorn

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: FOREIGN FILM – The Best of All Worlds

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: CINEMATOGRAPHY PRESENTED by ZEISS – Hunting Lands

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: EDITING – Juveniles

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: NARRATIVE FILM – Meerkat Moonship (Maantuig)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: NARRATIVE FILM – The Mad Whale

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: DOCUMENTARY FILM – Social Animals

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: DOCUMENTARY FILM – Kiss the Joy: The Story of Joan Lind Van Blom

SHORT FILMS:

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: SHORT  Homeless

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: FOREIGN SHORT FILM – Voice (KOE)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: ANIMATED SHORT FILM –  Departure

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE – The Peculiar Abilities of Mr. Mahler – André Hennicke as Mr. Mahler

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: DOCUMENTARY SHORT – The Girl and The Picture

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: DOCUMENTARY SHORT – Fisk “Untitled Portrait” 

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: DOCUMENTARY SHORT – Land of the Wind (Tierra del Viento)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: FAMILY FILM SHORT – Bullies

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: FAMILY FILM SHORT (FOREIGN) – Earthy Encounters Encounters (UK)

Attendance at the 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival was on par with last year’s attendance of 50,000 people. The Festival had the largest participation of International filmmakers and showcased films from over 58 countries. The Newport Beach Film Festival presented by Pacific Sales, is sponsored in part by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Karma Automotive, Fashion Island, and the City of Newport Beach.

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