Join us in October 2023 (in person) for the Newport Beach Film Festival’s (NBFF) 24th Year. Internationally recognized as one of Southern California’s leading film events, we host eight days of 350+ film screenings, 58,000+ 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 58,000 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 four 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:
- Narrative Feature
- Documentary Feature
- Action Sports
- Art, Architecture & Design
- Family Film
- Short Film
- Music

Jury Award:
- 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:
- 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) Link/password to your film for reviewing (we do NOT view films on FilmFreeway)
2) Screenshot (NO WRITING) from you film — Minimum 5x4" @ 300 dpi max of 10mb.
3) Synopsis of your film
4) Valid email and phone number for us to use to contact you. YOU MUST CONTACT US DIRECTLY IF THIS CHANGES! PLEASE BE AWARE ALL CONTACT IS DONE VIA THE EMAIL SUBMITTED. We are NOT notified if you change your email on FilmFreeway.

- Digital Cinema Package (DCP)
- (Music Video and Youth are the ONLY exceptions)

Entries received late or incomplete may be disqualified. Submissions CANNOT be available online the public or commercially prior to the end of the festival (music videos are the exception).

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 October 28, 2023.

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 and are requested that we are sent digital versions only.

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
  • Chloe Owens

    I've been accepted in a few festivals recently, and by far Newport was the best at communication. The theatre we were shown in was a nice large screen, good sound, plenty or room. We had a Q&A after which is always nice. There were a lot of networking events, which I wish I had been more prepared for (and know for next time). But I appreciated the level of kindness they showed to their filmmakers. I liked this festival a lot and will submit to them again for sure!

    December 2022
  • yoo lee

    The theater venue was top notch, there were so many events organized by the festival that simply blew me away. The selections were great. It was a great in person festival and I was so happy to be there in person.

    December 2022
  • It was an extraordinary experience in Newport Beach. The producer attended the festival for a very too short time and he was amazed by the people and every part of the festival. Our short When Buying a fine Murder was official selected and this was a great honor! Thanks a lot!

    November 2022
  • We had our final US screening of Keep It A Secret at the Newport Beach Film Festival. The festival team was terrific, we had a sellout screening and great event post screening. One of the best festivals we attended over the past year and I look forward to returning with next project.

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    So happy you enjoyed your time with us! Hope to see you again in the future!

  • John Blair

    Very honored to have had "Sound of The Surf" included in the 2022 NBFF. This was a local, OC production. Unfortunately, the Director unexpectedly passed away in 2021, so he couldn't share in the experience. As Exec Producer, I was welcomed and treated exceptionally well by festival staff. One of the best!!

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    So glad we could make your time with us enjoyable