“Fantastic, attentive programmers who really care about the filmmakers make the NBFF a special place. As a bonus, the parties are pretty unbelievable as well.”
The 20th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival is Now Accepting Submissions!
Submit your film now to meet the Early Bird Deadline.
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.
What Filmmakers Say About NBFF
“This is the most, pleasant, civilized and gentile Festival I’ve ever been at; I’m so impressed with everyone here.”
Editor-in-chief, Beyond Cinema Magazine
“This is what the Newport Beach Film Festival does better than 95% of the world’s Festivals -it provides an incredible audience with a voracious appetite for the Festival’s films, sold-out screenings, large beautiful theaters that play your film the way it was intended to be seen.” Educated, well-attended Q&A sessions and panels where audience and other filmmakers can learn how to make movies. Hosted parties each night allow for opportunities to meet those audience members and fellow filmmakers. The Q&A’s were lively and enlightening and revealed both the processes behind the film and the personalities within it. The audiences were appreciative and the word of mouth outside the supportive landscape created by the Newport Beach Film Festival organizers. Thissort of stuff is invaluable to a film.”
“NBFF is an amazing experience. Well funded, gorgeous location, amazing parties, top quality films and an incredible staff make this an annual repeat for me.”
“NBFF is always a blast, and always packed with great events and films. A must-submit if you ask me. I’ve been lucky enough to have gone a few times now and it’s great!”
“This is honestly the best festival experience ever. I have had a film in this fest 2 years in a row and I am now on a mission to make a film every year just to return to this world-class event. Love everything about this festival and the people who organize it.”
As a filmmaker’s festival, NBFF takes pride in our care for our filmmakers
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!
Submit your film now to meet the Early Bird Deadline
August 1, 2018
Early Bird Deadline
Extended WAB Deadline
Extended UK & Irish Deadline
More Reasons to Submit to NBFF
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.
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.
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.