22nd Annual Newport Beach Film Festival announces opening and closing night films


Newport Beach Film Festival marquee / photo by Chris Trela

The Newport Beach Film Festival is back, live and in person!

Last year, the Film Festival – which normally screens 350 films over an eight-day period in April – transitioned to an online event in the fall, but now the festival is reverting to an in-person cinematic celebration from 21 to October 28.

This 22nd edition of the Newport Beach Film Festival will present more than 300 films from around the world. The Festival will host special evening events, world premieres, award nominees, red carpet galas and engaging conversations with filmmakers.

Highlights include the 2021 Festival Honors program celebrating Variety’s ’10 Actors to Watch’, international spotlight (UK, Ireland, Mexico, French, Swedish, Italian, German, Czech, Spain, Japan, Korea, China, Australia, Vietnam) and special programs (Action Sports, Art, Architecture + Design, Culinary, Environment, Musical Film Series).

The films will be screened at THE LOT (Fashion Island in Newport Beach), The New Port Theater (Corona del Mar), Edwards Big Newport (Newport Beach), Starlight Triangle Cinemas (Costa Mesa) and Regency South Coast Village (Santa Ana).

Scene from the documentary Vans

On Thursday, October 21 at 7 p.m., the Film Festival will kick off its eight-day run with the world premiere of “Never Catch Pigeons: and Eleven More Hard Lessons from Mr. Paul Van Doren” at Edwards Big Newport (300 Newport Center Drive) .

The documentary tells the remarkable and honest story of Paul van Doren, a self-taught innovator who launched Vans, the iconic footwear and lifestyle brand that inspired a global skateboard revolution.

Directed by NBFF alumnus Doug Pray, the film stars Paul van Doren, Tony Alva, Christian Hosoi, Ray Barbee, Brighton Zeuner, Hana Beaman, Dylan Graves, Steve Van Doren, Cheryl Van Doren, Kathy Van Doren, Paul Jr. Van Doren, and Janie Van Doren.

Following the screening, the Festival will host a Street Party presented by VANS at 9 p.m. in the parking lot behind Edwards Big Newport. The event will include a bar hosted by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and live entertainment.

On Thursday, October 28, at 7:00 pm, the festival will close with the west coast premiere of “War on the Diamond” at the New Port Theater (2905 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar). Directed by Emmy and Peabody Award winner Andy Billman and based on the award winning book “The Pitch That Killed” by Mike Sowell, “War on the Diamond” tells the story of Ray Chapman, the only MLB player killed. by a field and the A 100-year rivalry between two baseball teams and two cities: Cleveland and New York.

War on the Diamond

The film is produced by Art Horan, Danielle Alberico and Pamela Lynn Sullivan, a longtime Newport Beach resident. Former MLB pitcher and local resident Jim Abbott is an interview featured in the film. A closing reception will follow the screening at the New Port Theater.

“The Newport Beach Film Festival is extremely happy to be back on the big screen. We are proud to bring exceptional world cinema to our local theaters, ”said Gregg Schwenk, CEO / Executive Director of the Newport Beach Film Festival. “This year’s lineup of narrative feature films, non-fiction films and short film programs reflects the incredible storytelling skills of our filmmakers. We are delighted to open and close the Festival with documentary films that have strong ties to Orange County. “

Tickets for the opening night and closing night are $ 95. The event is open to participants aged 21 and over.

For Festival passes, tickets and COVID-19 safety information, as well as a complete list of all Festival films, visit www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com.

Recognized as one of the largest luxury lifestyle film festivals in the United States, the Newport Beach Film Festival features an international collection of films and vibrant cultural gatherings on the beautiful Southern California coast.

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

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


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