Newport Beach Film Festival 2014

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Newport Beach Film Festival

Here's your Insiders Guide to the 2013 Newport Beach Film Festival, with Special Ticket deals, inside information, schedules, suggested attire, background dope and a commentary or two. Special Deals on Tickets - see information below !!


Between April 25 - May 2, the 2013 Newport Beach Film Festival will showcase more than 350 films from around the world, offering an ambitious and international selection of features, shorts, documentaries and animation that will compete for both Jury and Audience awards.  This Festival has grown steadily in prominence, and has reached international acclaim and recognition.  This year there will be seminars, family film series, collegiate showcase, & a youth film showcase.

Now in its 14th year, the Festival is proud to treat its audience to World and U.S. premieres, Academy Award entries, Sundance Selections, a Spotlight Series, and Children's Festival, from both the independent and studio worlds. With submissions from Asia, Europe, South/Central America and Africa, classic and contemporary filmmaking will provide a unique mix of genre and culture.  As a result, the Newport Beach Film Festival has quickly gained recognition both from filmmakers and audiences, and is expected to attract more than 55,000 cinephiles in 2013.

This year the films will be shown in the newly renovated Island Theaters in Fashion Island and several other locations, including the Starlight Cinemas at Triangle Square in Costa Mesa, Big Newport Theaters and the Lido Regency Theater on Via Lido.  Check the listings carefully for the exact location of films and events.  Here's a MAP

There are numerous parties and social mixers surrounding a variety of these events and screenings - get to rub elbows with the artists and fellow movie buffs.  They need volunteers and sponsors, too, and lots of them... it takes over 300 people to make this work.  The schedule of all that goes on is available on their website  For more information please call their office at (949) 253-2880.

Thursday, April 25th
Red Carpet 6:30pm    Film Showing 7:30pm

Filmed over four years with rare access behind the curtain, this film gives you a front row seat as Billie Joe Armstrong, the lead singer of the world famous band Green Day, ventures from rock and roll into the strange world of Broadway. It is not just Green Day's mega hit album - American Idiot- that is transformed in the process - Billie Joe is too. American Idiot debuted to great success, winning two Tony Awards and has now been taken on the road around the world. This is a journey from a Green Day concert at Madison Square Garden to the Great White Way - only ten blocks away, but worlds apart. Will Broadway, or Billie Joe, ever be the same?

Please join us after the West Coast Premiere screening for a gala reception under the stars in Fashion Island, hosted by Fashion Island and Esquire Magazine. The Opening Night Gala will feature hosted bar by Absolut and Stella Artois, culinary tastings from 40 of Orange County's premiere Restaurants, and select entertainment featuring a special performance by American Idol star Taylor Hicks. Hicks will bring his unique sound of southern soul, R & B, and country and blues to the stage to help kick off the Festival.
PRICE: $175 Film and Gala Only/ $100 Gala Only.  AGE: 21+  See Ticket deals below
DRESS: Cocktail attire strongly encouraged / Outdoor event - coat or jacket recommended

Green Day Broadway Idiot

Here's a few of the Stars who are confirmed to attend on Opening Night.  Many more will confirm before the Opening:

Billy Joe Armstrong - Lead Singer band Green Day
Performing - American Idol singer Taylor Hicks
Simon Helberg- Big Bang Theory
Adam Brody
Jean Claude Van Damme
Jim O'Heir - Parks and Recreation
Ryan Sheckler
<more coming>


Click Here for the Newport Beach Film Festival website, and for Tickets.

Click Here
for the Program of all the Films and activities Click Here for Festival Genius

Click Here for our printable schedule of the Showcase Parties held each night

Click Here for the Opening Night Press Release with background information

Click Here for the background story on World Premieres, Seminars and Nightly Events

Articles and Blog postings about the NBFF abound  -- Click Here and Click Here and Click Here and Click Here  and Click Here and Click Here and Click Here ...  and Watch here for News Articles 

Facebook Page - NB Film Festival Join the Newport Beach Film Festival Facebook Page


Ticket Deals

~ The Special Hot Deal:  We are part of the Publicity Team for the NBFF, and extend a special deal to our readers:  The Opening Night screening of Broadway Idiot with the Red Carpet entry and all the Stars who attend -- and afterwards the huge Opening Night Party with all the Filmmakers and Talent, hosted by Fashion Island, Esquire Magazine, Absolut and Stella Artois.  It's usually $175 for the Film and Party, but our special rate is only $125 !!! 40+ local Restaurants provide complimentary food, and an open bar all night.... The Opening Party is one of the premiere events in Newport Beach each year, take advantage of this deal and don't miss it!!!  Click Here for the Opening Night Ticketing Page, use Special Code "BestOC" at checkout.    Expired

If you want want to roll high and see everything; all the Movies, Events and Parties for the entire Festival are yours with an All-Access Pass, usually $500 but a $100 discount by using Code "BestOCPass".

~ An even better deal for Opening Night:  Goldstar has a deal for the Film & Party for only $95.50 with all fees. Click Here for the info.  Expired    

~ All Access Pass or All-Day Pass - Amazon Local running a deal until Thursday 4/25 Night.  Get one day all everything Access, normally $72 for only $36 - all films and nightly party for that one day.  Or pop for the All Access Pass for the whole week, normally $500 but on this deal 50% off - only $250.  Click Here for all the info.    Expired  

~ Hotel + Tickets for Two:  Living Social has a promo for a room at the Fairmont and two Day Passes to the Festival for $190.  Click Here for the info.  Also, several Hotel Packages are offered by Visit Newport Beach, Click Here for the info.

~ Mon/Tues/Wed Films and Showcase Party:  Goldstar has a 50% off deal, normally $40 per ticket only $20 for each Show+Party.  Click Here for the info.  

~ Sunday Night Irish Showcase:  Use code IRISHNBFF at checkout for a $5 discount.

~ Monday Night Pacific Rim Showcase:
 Use code AOFNBFF or NBFFASN at checkout for a $5 discount.  

~ Tuesday Night European Showcase:  Use code NBFFIT13 at checkout for a $5 discount.

~ Wednesday Night Latino Showcase:  Use code NBFFLT13 at checkout for a $5 discount.

Watch Here for More Ticket Deals - Deals come and go quickly, jump on them !!!

Here's some Additional NBFF information and Commentary:

-    The Opening Night Film and Party is offered as Cocktail Attire.   Some will dress in Formal Attire, but the majority wear dressy casual/cocktail attire.  The Party afterwards is outside, in the Fashion Island Bloomie's Courtyard - watch the weather and dress warm.
-    The Opening Gala and all the after-parties start after the Films finish, and go until late.  Many of the Film people are here for the week, so they carry on until the food and liquor expire.
-    You must buy tickets for each of the Films and Parties ahead of time - as far as we know, no tix will be sold at the door, although that changes nightly.  All of the Tickets are at Will Call, bring your receipts.
-    Food and liquor are included at each of the parties.  Liquor is always plentiful, sometimes food not so much.  
-    All the Parties this year are outside - watch the weather and dress warmly.
-    Get your Tickets ahead of time.  The NBFF folks are mostly volunteers and they will do their best to keep everything in order. Tickets for the Films are generally available at the Theaters, if they are not sold out.
-    You never know who you might see and talk to here -- people from every facet and level of the Film business attend.  From the struggling filmmaker who sold his car to make his dream, to the Hollywood mogul, and finance and production and costumery and of course the fans, rabid and casual... all are here.

Commentary on the Night Time Showcase Parties

Click Here for our printable schedule of the nightly Showcase Parties. Movies usually start 7:30, Parties start at 9:30-10:00pm each night.  Tickets for most are $40 for Movie and Party, or $30 for Party alone.  See Special Hot Deals above !!

Opening Thursday Night
- Rocks !!  Red Carpet runway before the movie, and lots of A and B list Hollywood show up.  Party afterwards is a scene, outside with 30-some restaurants and lots of mingling.  This year features a show by American Idol winner Taylor Hicks.  Red Carpet arrivals start about 6:30pm, Movie starts at about 7:45, Party starts about 9:30pm.  Click Here for the Opening Night Ticketing Page.

Friday Night - Outside around the Lido Theater on Via Lido, lots of Restaurants and DJ music and drinks. Open Bar.  Click Here for info and tix on the three Films for the Friday Night Showcase and Party. Also, the after-after Party is at Sutra Nightclub in The Triangle, show your stub or wristband and get in anytime, no cover charge.  Dancing and world-class DJ's at Sutra only minutes away.  Website Click Here

Saturday Night - BIG event, inside and outside at Equinox (utb Sports Club/LA).  Might get 2,000 people to this one.  More dressy casual attire, indoors/mostly outdoors. Equinox members get in free, and can bring one guest... but you must reserve by Friday.  Call or stop by the desk at Equinox. Click Here for Saturday Night Centerpiece lineup and Tickets.  Also, the after-after Party is at X-Ten Nightclub, show your stub or wristband and get in anytime, no cover charge.  Dancing and hot crowd at X-Ten.  Website Click Here

Sunday Night - Irish Showcase, with the after party at Muldoon's in Fashion Island by the Big Newport Theater.  Click Here for the Irish Showcase.

Monday Night- Pacific Rim Showcase, films from Asia and Australia.  Outside by the Koi Pond in Fashion Island.  Lots of mingling, food, liquor.  Dress warm. Click Here for lineup and Tickets.  

Tuesday Night- European Films Showcase, with the after party by the "Spouting Fountain" in Fashion Island.   Click Here for European lineup and Tickets.  

Wednesday Night - Latino Film Showcase.  Party is outside around the corner from the "Spouting Fountain" in Fashion Island.  Lots of mingling, food, liquor.  Dress warm.  Click Here for lineup and Tickets.

Thursday 5/3 Closing Party - Showing "The Way, Way Back" at the Lido, then the Party around the Via Lido Theater on the Newport Peninsula.  600-800 people.  Live DJ's and music/dancing, Fashion Show, VIP Lounge.  Outside. Multiple restaurants and open bars, all included. Goes until late.  Click Here for Tickets. This sells out way in advance every year, get your tickets early !!

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Alan Freeman

Newport Beach Film Festival 2013

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