16th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival Returns

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The 16th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) seeks to bring to the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world to Newport Beach for one spectacular week, April 23 – 30, 2015. Tickets go on sale April 1.

The NBFF is committed to sharing a first-class international film program and a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, while focusing on showcasing a diverse collection of studio and independent films from around the globe.

Kicking off on Thursday, April 23, the Opening Night film begins at 7:30pm at the Edwards Big Newport. VIPs and guests will have a chance to walk the red carpet prior to the film.

The Opening Night Gala at Fashion Island, starting at 10pm, is sponsored by Esquire magazine and will feature a live performance and a taste of Newport Beach with light bites from some of the most acclaimed local restaurants.

This year, the Newport Beach Film Festival introduces its inaugural “Made in California” shorts program, a curated collection of films under 40 minutes in length that celebrate California, its communities and its filmmaking history.

Presented in partnership with the California Film Commission, the program will showcase both the iconic and versatile nature of California as a filming location, with a focus on films that explore California and its people, places, and spaces.

The NBFF has established a strong relationship with the UK film industry and is proud to build on the success of their partnership in last year’s Festival with an expanded UK film program and UK festivities for 2015.

On Friday, April 24, the NBFF will host the UK Showcase followed by a post-screening event featuring a hosted bar by Remy Cointreau, Tito’s Vodka and Stella Artois Beer, signature tastings by top Newport Beach restaurants, music by celebrity DJs and a luxury fashion show.

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