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Newport Beach Film Festival

April 21–28, 2016

California, US

What’s It All About?

Since its inception in 1999, the Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) has evolved into one of the most prestigious multicultural events with around 350 screenings. The eight-day festival prides itself on bringing the best of local and international cinema to Newport Beach by hosting tributes, special screenings and seminars.

In its 17th edition, the organisers have shortlisted around 450 films from 3,000 short and feature films. The categories of the festival are similar to its earlier editions, with the line-up comprising narrative features, documentaries, spotlight and short films and cover a wide range of genres like drama, science fiction and comedy. The horror category, introduced last year, continues this year as well.

Indian Connect

Anupam Sharma’s romantic drama UnIndian features in the spotlight category. The film features cricketer Brett Lee, Tannistha Chatterjee and Supriya Pathak. It is a story of an Indian, single mother Meera (Chatterjee) who lives in Sydney and is trying to break away from the traditional mould of her family by following her own dreams. She falls in love with an Australian man Will (Lee). Her parents oppose this unlikely union as they search for a suitable Indian match.

Watch Out For!

OPENING NIGHT

After The Reality

Directed by David Anderson, After The Reality is a comedy drama featuring Matthew Morrison, Sarah Chalke and Jom Dore as the principal cast. The story revolves around Scottie, a contestant on Bachelorette-style reality show Young Bucks. His life is thrown into turmoil after his father’s death as Scottie is forced to quit the show and reunite with his sister Kate at the family cabin, creating a funny and poignant story about loss, reality show romance, and the love between siblings.

SPOTLIGHT

  • The Man Who Knew Infinity
  • Sunset Song
  • Love Is All You Need?
  • Baby, Baby, Baby
  • Orange Sunshine
  • Love & Friendship
  • My Internship In Canada
  • Flying Colours
  • The Phone
  • Unindian

FAMILY FILM SERIES

  • One Day On Carver St
  • The Fox And The Hound
  • Queen Bum
  • Theodora
  • Earned Wings
  • Awesome Beetle’s Colors
  • A Boy Called Su
  • The Land Of Nod
  • Isa And The Frog Prince
  • Violet
  • My Home
  • Napoleon: The Ticket
  • Bear Story

DOCUMENTARY

  • The Weekend Sailor
  • Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru
  • Beyond Laughter And Tears
  • Ocean Stories: Greg Stone
  • The Cajun Navy
  • Right To Row
  • La Tradition
  • Rwanda & Juliet
  • Left On Purpose
  • Synesthesia
  • The Ballad Of The Dreadnought
  • The New Orleans Sazerac
  • Being George Clooney
  • Winning
  • Chasing The Win
  • Off The Rails
  • South Bureau Homicide
  • Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows
  • Goodbye Darling, I’m Off To Fight
  • South Bureau Homicide
  • In Pursuit Of Silence
  • Noodle Deli
  • The Ground Below
  • The House Is Innocent

SHORTS

  • Snowmen
  • The Clockmaker’s Dream
  • Beauty & Chaos

CLOSING NIGHT GALA

The Fixer

Ian Olds’ directorial is a story of a former Afghanistan war journalist who moves to Northern California and find himself in a whole new whirlwind of danger, working as a crime reporter for the local newspaper.

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