From April 26th- May 3rd 2018, the 19th annual Newport Beach Film Festival will be championing the celebration of independent and studio films from around the globe. In the luxurious destination of Newport Beach, NBFF strives to bring the best of cinematic excellence to Newport’s coastal community to an audience of over 54,000 attendees. Screening a diverse showcase of more than 300 films each year, our internationally recognized festival prides itself on providing an unparalleled experience to all of our filmmakers and fellow film aficionados.

Filmmakers from around the world may enjoy a world class screening experience followed by nightly gala celebration events ample with networking opportunities, food, music, live performances, and more! Submit now to celebrate your film with the West Coast’s fastest growing film festival!

Submissions Information

Submissions guidelines may be found at www.newportbeachfilmfest.com. Our deadlines are postmark deadlines; no late submissions will be accepted. We will email you directly upon receiving 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 formats.

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, 2018.

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 with the exception of hard drives and flash drives with a prepaid postage and self-addressed envelope.

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.

Films submitted must be available in English or in the original language with English subtitles. Accepted films must be available in the designated exhibition formats.

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. All correspondence will be done through email ONLY to the original submitter.

Awards & Prizes

Audience Award Feature Film
Audience Award Foreign Film
Audience Award Documentary
Audience Award Action Sports
Audience Award Art, Architecture & Design
Audience Award Family Film
Audience Award Short Film
Audience Award Music

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

2018 Newport Beach Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Directing
2018 Newport Beach Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Feature Film
2018 Newport Beach Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Acting
2018 Newport Beach Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Screenwriting
2018 Newport Beach Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Ensemble Cast
2018 Newport Beach Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Foreign Film
2018 Newport Beach Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Cinematography
2018 Newport Beach Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Editing
2018 Newport Beach Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Short Film
2018 Newport Beach Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Foreign Short Film
2018 Newport Beach Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Documentary Short Film
2018 Newport Beach Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Animated Short Film
2018 Newport Beach Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Breakout Performance
2018 Newport Beach Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Music Video

Rules & Terms

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

SCREENER RULES
Our deadlines are postmark deadlines. Films must be submitted by the deadline and arrive no later than a week after the deadline if mailed.

After completing our submissions form, please visit our website at www.newportbeachfilmfest.com for the digital file specifications before you submit your file. You can submit your screener with one of the options below.

(1) Digital video file sent to submissions@newportbeachfilmfest.com
(2) Upload to secure FTP NBFF site. Visit www.newportbeachfilmfest.com click on “Submit Your Film,” then click on the button for Upload Instructions which will allow you to transfer your movie file to our secure site.
(3) Send film using Hosted Site (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) to submissions@newportbeachfilmfest.com – must be able to download version, be sure to activate this option.
(4) Send film using commercial Upload Site (Dropbox (do not use shared files), YouSendIt, We Transfer, etc.) to submissions@newportbeachfilmfest.com
(5) Mail a Data Device (Disk, Hard Drive, Flash Drive). * Will not be returned unless you provide prepaid postage and packing materials for your device. Tip: you can use a secure digital chip and tape it to an index card and mail in a standard envelope.
- If sending as DVD video, the following is required with each entry. One (1) preview copy, Standard Definition. We cannot accept Blu-ray Video disks for review. Please check your DVD before submitting.

Entries received late or incomplete may be disqualified

18 Reviews

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    John Aguirre

    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.

    June 2017
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    Kiki Wilson

    Very organized, communicative team. Thank you to all for your support and assistance to make this an enjoyable, worthwhile experience for us.

    May 2017
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    Michael Raso

    A marvellous festival, so amazingly organised and accomodating. I would thoroughly recommend to any film maker make their next submission to this festival. Well done Newport Beach Film Festival!

    May 2017
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    Mala Ghedia

    We had a wonderful time at this very special festival. The communication with our representative was seamless and friendly. It's such a pleasure to see a festival so well run with an older demographic in mind.

    Thank you so much!

    The NO MONSTERS IN BERLIN team

    May 2017
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    Pierre Sabrou

    Great festival. Very good communication, and I'm sad I couldn't come to see it !

    May 2017