The 24th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) Lineup

September 29, 2023

The 24th edition of the Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) just announced its exciting lineup of 91 films hailing from 19 countries. The festival, scheduled from October 12 to 19, 2023, will feature an array of premieres, including 14 World Premieres, 14 U.S. Premieres, 6 North American Premieres, 15 West Coast Premieres, and 5 Southern California Premieres.

Notable selections include three Netflix titles showcased as Centerpiece films: 'May December,' directed by Todd Haynes and starring Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, and Charles Melton; 'NYAD,' directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, featuring Annette Bening, Jodie Foster, and Rhys Ifans; and 'Rustin,' directed by George C. Wolfe and starring Colman Domingo. Another Centerpiece screening is Apple Original Films 'Fingernails,' directed by Christos Nikou and featuring Jeremy Allen White, Riz Ahmed, Annie Murphy, Jessie Buckley, and Luke Wilson. Additionally, fifteen international films have been selected for the Spotlight section, representing countries such as Canada, China, Germany, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, and Sweden.

Special Events during the festival include a conversation and book signing on October 14 with Rainn Wilson, an award-winning actor, two-time New York Times Best Selling author, Founder of the non-profit Lidé Haiti, and climate activist. Wilson will discuss his new book “Soul Boom: Why We Need a Spiritual Revolution,” exploring the benefits of spirituality in problem-solving and finding happiness in today’s challenging world. 

On October 15, director and writer Jim Sheridan will be present for a retrospective screening of 'In the Name of the Father,' a 1993 biographical crime drama based on the true story of the Guildford Four. The festival will also host a culinary reception on October 17 to celebrate the premiere of the documentary film 'Forked,' chronicling Susan Feniger’s personal journey of opening her first solo restaurant. Furthermore, on October 18, the festival will feature a 30-minute Q&A with Bobby Berk, interior design expert and Emmy-nominated TV host of Netflix’s Queer Eye, discussing his new book, "Right at Home: How Good Design Is Good for the Mind."

Among the film highlights are the World Premiere of 'Brave the Dark' directed by Damian Harris, and the U.S. premiere of 'Mr. Blake At Your Service!' directed by Gilles Legardinier, and various other exciting screenings featuring talented casts and captivating stories. 

The Newport Beach Film Festival, attracting over 50,000 attendees to Orange County, CA, stands as the largest international cinema event in coastal Southern California. Besides the film screenings, the festival also offers nightly parties and events with over 60 culinary partners presenting their finest tastings.

For more details about the festival's complete lineup and to purchase tickets, please visit newportbeachfilmfest.com.

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