• Films must have a completion date of Jan 1, 2017 or later.

• EXHIBITION FORMATS for accepted films in the 2018 NBFF must be DCP with a frame rate of 24. Please contact the festival if you have any questions. We have partnered with Simple DCP (simpledcp.com) to provide discounts to our accepted filmmakers for conversion.

• All non-English language films must have legible English language subtitles.

• The film must not be available on the internet or have been broadcast nationally on cable or satellite television prior to the Festival screening with the exception of the Music Video category.

• Films accepted into the festival must arrive with shipping and customs duties or taxes pre-paid.

• Please note: If you are submitting multiple films, each film must be submitted as a separate entry.

You may submit through www.filmfreeway.com or www.withoutabox.com.  All college student discounted submissions need to be through www.filmfreeway.com.



Entries received late or incomplete may be disqualified.

Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, and permits necessary to present their work. Newport Beach Film Festival is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the work.

Every precaution will be taken to safeguard all materials sent to the Festival, but the Festival is not responsible for damage to submitted materials incurred by shipping to or from the Festival.


There are two options available for submission:

1) Digital downloadable video file.  You may  send a downloadable link of your film (Vimeo.com, Dropbox.com or other transfer program) to [email protected].com


If sending as DVD Video, the following is required with each entry: 1 preview copies (NTSC only), Standard Definition to be delivered to our office address. Please check DVD before sending.

We will not accept Blu-ray video disks for review.

Mailed entries must be postmarked by the last posted deadline to be assured consideration. Be aware that we do not return any submission materials.

Each official selection will require the following:

• A minimum of one (1) still from the film (color preferred, B&W accepted). Digital stills and press kits are preferred. Stills must be 300 dpi and at least 4”x 5” (length x height) in size and contain an actual shot from the film.

• You may email stills to [email protected] or upload them to either filmfreeway or withotuabox.

• Full cast/crew list.

• Film synopsis – 120 word logline / synopsis of the film and a 20 word logline / synopsis of film. Short films are only required to provide the 20 word logline.

• Payment – if not paid through filmfreeway or withoutabox, a check should be mailed to the festival offices.

Stated submitter will be considered the contact person for the film and thus will be the only one receiving emails and information regarding the status of the film’s acceptance in the festival. Please be sure you add NewportBeachFilmFest.com to your accepted email list.



Newport Beach Film Festival is a competitive Film Festival. Films accepted are automatically eligible for the applicable competition category. In addition to all official selections being eligible for Jury, Audience and Festival Honors awards, a jury comprised of filmmakers and industry representatives will screen all competition finalists, deliberate and announce the results at the end of the Festival. Films screening in the Music Video and Collegiate Showcase are not eligible.



Filmmakers will be notified by late March 2019 as to whether or not their film has been officially selected. Upon acceptance, you will receive an email verifying your acceptance. Be sure to have NewportBeachFilmFest.com on your accepted email list.


September 28, 2018: EARLY BIRD DEADLINE

October 26, 2018: AUTUMN DEADLINE


December 28, 2018: REGULAR DEADLINE 

January 25, 2019: LATE DEADLINE

February 1, 2019: EXTENDED DEADLINE


Special Pricing:
Youth Film Showcase (18 & under): $10
Music Video: $20
Student (with valid college ID): $20

Our deadlines are POSTMARK DEADLINES. Please make sure to have your film postmarked by the deadlines listed above or you will be charged the next fee before having your film processed.

We suggest that you submit your film as early as possible to save on submission fees and to allow more time for consideration.

2019 Festival Dates
April 25 – May 2, 2019

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (949) 253-2880 x 222

Newport Beach Film Festival
2000 Quail St, Newport Beach, CA 92660

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