21st annual Newport Beach Film Fest goes virtual

The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) announces that the annual event will go virtual October 1st – 11th, 2020 on NewportBeachFilmFest.com.

The virtual Festival will showcase an international slate of 40 feature-length narrative and documentary films and 231 short films. The Festival will host virtual filmmaker conversations and ‘Industry Talks’. Originally scheduled for April 2020, the Festival was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The world premiere of A Life of Endless Summers: The Bruce Brown Story, the Festival’s Opening Night selection, screened in a drive-in format in mid-August at Fashion Island.

Festival highlights include virtual screenings of Fully Realized Humans which tells the story of Jackie and Elliot who embark on a madcap odyssey of self-discovery before their first child arrives in attempt to rid themselves of the inherited dysfunction of their own upbringings; Little Fish (IFC) starring Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One) and Jack O’Connell (Unbroken).

The film follows a couple who fights to hold their relationship together as a memory loss virus spreads and threatens to erase the history of their love and courtship; the family comedy Breaking Them Up in which 15 year-old Damien decides that his parents are all wrong for each other, he enlists best friend Erin to help him set them up with other people; and the highly anticipated film Stardust (IFC)which tells the story of a young David Bowie’s first visit to the US in 1971 – a trip that inspired the invention of his iconic alter ego Ziggy Stardust.

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The Festival will present ‘Industry Talks’, a series of virtual conversations with film industry leaders. Cinematography From Set to Screen presented by Panavision will feature Cinematographer Don Burgess ASC (Forrest GumpContactCast AwaySpider-ManAlliedWonder and The Christmas Chronicles Light Iron) and Light Iron Senior Colorist Corinne Bogdanowicz (AlliedWonder and The Christmas Chronicles).

A Conversation with Cinematographer Robert McLachlan, ASC presented by Zeiss will feature the Director of Photography who is known for Lovecraft Country, Game of Thrones, Westworld and Ray Donovan.

Additional ‘Industry Talks’ will be released prior to the Festival. ‘Industry Talks’ are free and open to the public. Participants can RSVP on the Festival’s website.

The Newport Beach Film Festival is sponsored by The City of Newport Beach, Visit Newport Beach, Fashion Island, THE LOT and Morgan Stanley. Dates for the 21st annual Newport Beach Film Festival will be released at a later time.

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All-Access Pass are available for $75. Tickets to screenings are $10. Tickets and passes go on sale on Friday, September 25th at NewportBeachFilmFest.com