"The Need to Grow" Film Crew Attending Screening at NBFF 2018

Premiere your film in front of the press, industry leaders, and an enthusiastic audience of film lovers!

Celebrating its 20th year, the Newport Beach Film Festival is one of Southern California’s longest running and largest film events, annually showcasing over 350 films and attracting over 55,000 attendees.

Recognized by Variety as one of the leading film festivals in the world, NBFF hosts their annual 10 Cinematographers to Watch, 10 Brits to Watch, and 10 Actors to Watch events.

NBFF is also ranked in Film Freeways Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals and has been named in MovieMaker magazine’s 50 Film Festival Worth the Entry Fee.


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Premiere your film in front of the press, industry leaders, and an enthusiastic audience of film lovers!

Benedict Cumberbatch at NBFF

A Network of Industry Professionals

As a leading Southern California film festival, we are a key destination for industry professionals including sales agents, distributors, financiers, and leading production personnel. Build meaningful connections with industry insiders at our nightly gala events, private receptions, and industry seminars!

A World-Class Screening Experience

Enjoy a generous filmmaker ticket package and expect an engaged audience in a wide array of state-of-the-art location theaters. Get your audience even more involved with an in-person Q&A after each film screening.

Dedicated Programming Support

NBFF programmers help with everything from the marketing of your film to the enhancement of your Newport Beach experience. Our team deeply cares about Filmmakers, their process, and the creative integrity of filmmaking; we want you to have the best Festival experience possible!


More Reasons to Submit to NBFF

Kate Beckinsale Attending Screening for Film "Love & Friendship" at NBFF 2016

A Global Audience

Our audience travels from around the world to watch our international spotlights, featuring films from over fifty different countries. International films are partnered with regional organizations to promote and support their success.


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Location, Location, Location

Showcase your film in one of the most incredible coastal destinations in the world! There is plenty to do, see, and explore in the beautiful city of Newport Beach. We want our filmmakers to get to know us and the city that makes our Festival such a unique and special experience.


Filmmakers Attending a Newport Beach Film Fest 2017 Screening

Fair Reviewing Process

Rest assured that your film is getting the proper respect it deserves! Each film submission is thoroughly reviewed at least five times in its entirety prior to Festival selection.