The 23rd Annual Newport Beach Film Festival returns October 13-20

Newport Beach Film Festival marquee / photo by Chris Trela

They survived the pandemic with online programming and a drive-in film, changed their traditional festival dates from April to October to take advantage of Hollywood’s fall film releases, and now the Newport Beach Film Festival is set to return October 13-20 with a new lineup of 300 independent and international films.

The New Brunswick Film Festival attracts over 60,000 moviegoers and has become the largest international film event on the southern California coast.

The Festival also organizes evenings and night events featuring more than 60 culinary partners, including wine and spirits.

The Festival will also host its annual Honors and Variety ’10 Actors to Watch’ programmes, always a highlight of the Film Festival.

The festival will take place at venues in Newport Beach. NBFF Honors and Variety’s “10 Actors to Watch” will take place at Balboa Bay Resort on Sunday, October 16.

Past Newport Beach Film Festival winners include Harvey Keitel, Regina Hall, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Wright, Kate Beckinsale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cynthia Erivo, Henry Golding, Keira Knightley, Rita Moreno, Patrick Stewart and Alfre Woodard.

New Brunswick Film Festival co-founder Gregg Schwenk, Icon Award winner Rosanna Arquette, New Brunswick Film Festival co-founder Todd Quartararo at the 2021 New Brunswick Film Festival / photo by Charles Weinberg

The Newport Beach Film Festival is recognized as one of the largest luxury film festivals in the United States. Screenings include dramatic features, documentaries, action sports and short films of all kinds.

Committed to championing the work of original storytellers from around the world, the festival celebrates contemporary film culture, cinematic excellence and engages the community in captivating conversations with filmmakers and artists.

The Newport Beach Film Festival is sponsored in part by UCI Health, Los Angeles Times, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Fashion Island, Aston Martin and the City of Newport Beach.

For festival passes, tickets and safety information, visit

A full list of screenings and events will be posted on the festival website several weeks before opening night.

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