There should be a lot more coverage coming in the near future, but I just wanted to point out that from April 26th to May 3rd, 2012, the 13th annual Newport Beach Film Festival will be in full swing. As always, the festival takes place in beautiful Newport Beach, right along the coast. Over 400 films from over 50 countries will be screened during the week and, in addition, the Newport Beach Film Festival offers filmgoers the opportunity to meet the filmmakers. Directors, screenwriters and cinematographers eager to share their work will provide an exclusive inside look at the industry during post-screening Q&A’s.
As a resident of Southern California and one who is apparently eager to lose a lot of sleep for the sake of film, I plan to attend the festival, hopefully gaining access to many different screenings of films that I have my eye on. I will do my best to provide reviews for films that have both been making there rounds through festivals and ones that are making their debuts at the NBFF. With any luck, I may be able to score a few interviews with some actors and filmmakers as well.
Anyone with further interest should make sure to visit the Newport Beach Film Festival’s official website. Furthermore, anyone who is actually in the Southern California area should try to make an effort to come down and be a part of the festival. Having gone through this before, I can safely say there are many interesting and exciting films to check out, let alone plenty of stars and filmmakers currently hanging out in the area, so you never know who you might run into, let alone how much you may end up appreciating some of the films you see.
Among the films being screened at the NBFF, many highlights will be a number of west coast premieres and highly buzzed about features, including Jewtopia, Peace Love and Misunderstanding, Mariachi Gringo, Sunset Strip, Little Dancer, General Education, Swerve, I Am Not A Hipster, and the world premiere of Shanghai Calling. Additionally, plenty of documentaries, short films, collegiate films, and films from the Action Sports Film Series will be featured. There are definitely plenty of options for anyone who is willing to seek something out.
I will be posting reviews, updates, and whatever else I have time to write about throughout the week. Until then, here is a trailer for the festival: