Newport Beach Film Festival Film Showcases & Galas April 25-May 2

Having grown up in Orange County, I’m proud to say one of the most dynamic and well-run film festivals in Southern California and OC’s largest one is the Newport Beach Film Festival and this year’s 14th annual festival runs Thursday, April 25 – May 2. They screen an enormous amount of films in a week in many categories: Features, Documentaries, Action Sports, Shorts, Art, Architecture and Design (AA+D), Environmental, Music, Family, Youth and Collegiate. This year, they’re also partnering with the OC Music Awards to feature music videos. My favorite of the festival are the Showcases spotlighting films from different regions of the world, followed by a gala parties in the beautiful outdoor courtyard of Fashion Island in Newport Beach. These after-parties offer hordoevers  from select area restaurants, drinks by Absolut and Stella Artois, and live entertainment and are well worth the additional ticket (Discount tickets for some of them available below!). The OC Weekly has a good run-down on this year’s festival and here are the showcases:

Irish Spotlight – Sunday, April 28
5:30pm – The O’Briens – Edwards Big Newport
7:30pm: Irish Spotlight Party – Muldoon’s Irish Pub

Pacific Rim ShowcaseMonday, April 29
7:15pm – Japanese Spotlight: Key of Life – Edwards Big Newport

7:30pm – Chinese Spotlight: One Mile Above – Edwards Big Newport

7:30pm – Australian Spotlight: Drift – Regency Lido Theater

7:45pm – South Korean Spotlight: A Werewolf Boy – Edwards Big Newport

10pm: Pacific Rim Showcase Party – Fashion Island Courtyards (Discount tickets at Goldstar)

European Showcase – Tuesday, April 30
7:15pm – French Spotlight: Fly Me To The Moon (Un Plan Parfait) – Edwards Big Newport

7:30pm – Swedish Spotlight: Hypnotist – Edwards Big Newport

8:00pm – Italian Spotlight: Immature – The Trip (Immaturi – il Viaggio) – Edwards Big Newport

10pm: Pacific Rim Showcase Party – Fashion Island Courtyards

Latino ShowcaseWednesday, May 1
7:30pm – Mexican Spotlight – Cinco de Mayo: The Battle – Lido Theater

7:45pm – Brazilian Spotlight – Tropicalia – Edwards Big Newport

8:00pm – Chilean Spotlight – Here I Am, Here I’m Not (Aquí Estoy, Aquí No) – Edwards Big Newport

10:00pm – Latino Showcase Party – Fashion Island Courtyards (Discount tickets at Goldstar)

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