Join us April 25th - May 2nd, 2019 for the Newport Beach Film Festival’s (NBFF) 20th-anniversary milestone! Internationally recognized as one of Southern California’s leading film events, we host eight days of 350+ film screenings, 55,000+ attendees, engaging networking opportunities, industry seminars, incredible nightly galas, private receptions, entertainment, and more!

Film, food, industry, and culture in the heart of Newport Beach. Join us for a fantastic and celebratory year!

~ 10 Reasons Why Filmmakers Choose NBFF ~

Scale: Promote your latest project at one of Southern California’s largest film events! Showcasing over 350 films to an audience of 55,000 people each year, NBFF provides a great platform to spread the word about your film!

Destination: 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.

Programming Team: Our programming team is here to support you throughout the entire Festival process. A filmmaker’s greatest resource, 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!

Comprehensive 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.

Screening Experience: Showcase your film the way it was intended to be seen! Expect an engaged and excited audience in a wide array of world class location theaters. Get your audience even more involved with an in-person Q&A after each film screening.

Industry Network: Build meaningful connections with industry insiders eager to meet and interact at our nightly gala events, private receptions, and industry seminars! Our proximity to LA allows filmmakers to interact with industry professionals including sales agents, distributors, financiers, and leading production personnel.

Global Presence: Our attendees travel from around the world to watch our international spotlights. International films are partnered with regional organizations to help promote and support their success.

Hosted Seminars: Engage in a thoughtful, up-close, and personal discussion of a variety of film topics with acclaimed industry professionals. Learn the latest tricks of the trade in screenwriting, directing, editing, acting, cinematography, film financing, casting, and virtual reality from leaders within the filmmaking community!

Accreditation: Irish Film & Television Academy accreditation!

And We’re Fun!

Incredible Nightly Galas: NBFF is renowned for its unforgettable nightly galas that feature food, drink, music, and live entertainment! We want to support the success of our filmmaking community while providing our guests with an incredible Festival experience. At NBFF, we bridge the gap between industry and lifestyle.

Audience Award 2019:
- Narrative Feature
- Documentary Feature
- Action Sports
- Art, Architecture & Design
- Family Film
- Short Film
- Music

Jury Award 2019:
- Best Feature Film
- Best Actress
- Best Actor
- Best Cinematography
- Best Director
- Best Screenwriter
- Best Documentary
- Best Documentary - Honorable Mention
- Best Narrative –-Short Film
- Best Narrative - Short Film Honorable Mention
- Best Documentary - Short Film
- Best Documentary - Short Film Honorable Mention
- Best Animated - Short Film
- Best Animated - Short Film Honorable Mention

Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking 2019:
- Directing
- Feature Film
- Acting
- Screenwriting
- Ensemble Cast
- Foreign Film
- Cinematography
- Editing
- Short Film
- Foreign Short Film
- Documentary Short Film
- Animated Short Film
- Breakout Performance
- Music Video

Please submit the following for each submission:

1) Downloadable file of your film
2) Screenshot (no writing) from you film/ Minimum 6x4" @ 300 dpi
3) Synopsis of your film
4) Valid email and phone number for us to use to contact you.

***Films submitted must be available for EXHIBITION as:
- Digital Cinema Package (DCP)
- (Music Video and Youth are the ONLY exceptions)

Please be sure you have turned the DOWNLOAD option on in FilmFreeway or it's available on your Vimeo LInk.

Entries received late or incomplete may be disqualified

We will email you directly upon receiving and processing your submission, if you have not been emailed your submission was not received.

Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, and permits necessary to present their work. The 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; however NBFF is not responsible for damage to submitted materials incurred by shipping to or from the festival.

Submitted films must be available for exhibition as:

Digital Cinema Package (DCP) – (Does not apply to Music Video and Youth categories)
Films submitted must be available in English or in the original language with English subtitles. Accepted films must be available in the designated exhibition format, Digital Cinema Package if not Music or Youth categories.

Films must not screen in the U.S. in theaters, air on U.S. television, or be available to U.S. consumers in stores or via the internet before May 3, 2019.

The number(s), date(s), time(s), and locations of the screenings of films are subject to the discretion of the Newport Beach Film Festival.

The exhibition copy supplier will be responsible for the cost of the shipment to the Newport Beach Film Festival. The Newport Beach Film Festival will return the print postage prepaid to the supplier or to the next destination as indicated by the supplier (Features only). Entry materials and/or Short films will not be returned.

The Newport Beach Film Festival takes the utmost care in the handling of your entry. The Newport Beach Film Festival does not pay additional charges for originals, masters, or special prints.

Notifications will be emailed. All correspondence will be done through email, only through the original submitter. Please insure that you have provided us with your correct/valid email and a valid phone number.

Overall Rating
  • Matt Cerwen

    Great festival. Excellent communications and great parties.

    February 2019
  • Communication was awesome! I got to meet the programer, Sofi Ozden and have coffee before the screening. We couldn't stop talking for 3 hours! The programers really cared about the films and had a deep passion for them. The theater facilities was top quality, 4K projection and 5.1 audio. They made the transfer files for the movie really easy, transcoding the DCP for us. We had a good amount of audience and had a great Q and A after film. The hospitality for the filmmakers was wonderful, they had tons of networking events. Would highly recommend this festival. My film was a feature documentary about child trafficking.

    August 2018
  • Annabelle Frost

    We had a great experience screening "G[r]o[w]ing Up" at the Newport Beach Film Festival. The screening room at the Triangle Cinemas in Newport Beach was fantastic. Also, the other films in our block were high quality. I live in LA so I didn't arrange any housing through them and I only interacted with them via email and for my screening, so I can't speak to what the experience is like to be a visiting filmmaker. Networking options have been pretty good at this festival.

    June 2018
  • James Fazio

    Newport Beach Film Festival was an incredible Festival to attend. By far the best festival in regards to communication and organization. It was incredible how amazing they run things. You are put in contact with your screening programmer and they help with any questions and promotions leading up to the festival. Tod Brewster was one of our programmers, and even though it was his first year doing so, he was amazing and a huge help. Not just for our screening, but with everything from helping get in contact with the right people and even helping distribute our postcards! NBFF even has an amazing educational program they run alongside the festival. Catherine Dickinson, helped us to take our film, Time Well Spent, to different schools in the county to hold Q and A's and special screenings. Thank you Tod and Catherine and thank you Newport Beach Film Fest. It was an honor to show our Doc at your festival and an honor to win the Audience Choice Award for Action Sports. Cheers!

    May 2018
  • Jack Spring

    Superb from start to finish. 10/10.

    May 2018