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The 20th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival starts tomorrow! The 8-day event runs from Thursday, April 25th through Thursday, May 2nd, beginning with a screening of the first film of the event, Luce, followed by the Opening Night Gala. The festival will spotlight over 300 extraordinary films from 50 countries, and will feature nightly galas, exquisite cuisine, and film industry events.

Founded in 1999, the Newport Beach Film Festival has evolved into a prestigious multicultural event, attracting over 56,000 attendees to Orange County. Screening over 350 films in 8 days, the organization prides itself on bringing the best in new, local, and critically acclaimed cinema to Newport Beach.

Since its inception, the festival has presented many acclaimed films such as the U.S. premiere of Crash and other notable films, including (500) Days of Summer, Waitress, The King of Kong, The Illusionist, and Castle in the Sky.

The Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program as well as providing a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the festival focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of both studio and independent films. The festival supports the creation and advancement of innovative and artistic cinematic works from both emerging and seasoned filmmakers and proudly embraces the passion, vision, and independent spirit of these talented artists. With the integration of the local community and educational institutions, the festival stimulates an interest in the study and appreciation of film and encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to participate.

We are excited to see all that this year’s Newport Beach Film Festival has to offer. To learn more about the festival, the organization behind it, and this year’s lineup, you can visit the Newport Beach Film Festival website.