The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) will celebrate its 18th anniversary with an action-packed line up of independent and studio films from around the globe. Scheduled to take place from April 26th - May 3rd 2018, the Festival will screen an international slate of over 350 films. The NBFF is committed to providing an outstanding experience for both our filmmakers and our audiences.

All submitted films must comply with the Submissions Guidelines including deadlines, exhibition format, entry material, etc. Please check our website for further details (

- Our deadlines are POSTMARK DEADLINES. Your film must be postmarked by the deadline for consideration.

- Your film will be watched, in its entirety, by at least 5 people so we suggest that you submit your film as early as possible! Once we are open for submissions getting your film into consideration saves you money and gives us more time to look at it! NO LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

- Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, permits necessary to present their work. 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, but the Festival is not responsible for damage to submitted materials incurred by shipping to or from the Festival.

WE WILL EMAIL YOU WHEN WE RECEIVE YOUR SUBMISSION. If you do not receive an email, we did not receive your submission.

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

- 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 US consumers in stores or via the internet before May 3rd , 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 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.

Notification will be emailed. Please do not call the Festival office. All correspondence will be done through email ONLY to the original submitter.

Awards & Prizes

Audience Award - Film
Jury - Best Feature
Jury - Best Director
Jury - Best Screenplay
Jury - Cinematography
Jury - Best Actor
Jury - Best Actress
Festival Honors

Rules & Terms

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

*****Our deadlines are POSTMARKED deadlines. This means that your screener must be provided by the applicable deadline and if mailed, arrive no later than 1 week from the deadline*****
Once you have completed your submission form, please go to our website ( for 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
(2) Upload to secure FTP ìNBFFî site. Visit Click on "Submit your Film" then click on the button for ìUpload Instructions,î which allow you to transfer your movie file to our secure site.
(3) Send film using Hosting Site (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) to - 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
(5) Mail a Data Device (Disk, Hard Drive, Flash Drive) - * Will NOT be returned unless you provide prepaid postage and packing materials with 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 will NOT 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!


    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