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17th Annual NBFF Announces 2016 Award Winners

Newport Beach, CA – May 1, 2016 – The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) announced today the winners of the 2016 Festival. On April 28, 2016, the Festival wrapped up its eight day run with the Southern California premiere of The Fixer starring Dominic Rains, James Franco, Rachel Brosnahan and Melissa Leo at Lido Live (3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach) with the post party in the Via Lido Plaza.

The Newport Beach Film Festival celebrated outstanding contribution to global cinema at a special event during the 17th annual Festival at the Balboa Bay Resort on April 23. Additionally, The Festival’s selection committee reviewed more than 2,500 films. The Festival screened over 400 films, representing 50 countries. The films competed for Jury, Festival Honors and Audience Awards. 

The 2016 Newport Beach Film Festival jury featured an impressive roster of film industry professionals, including Vice President of Film Acquisitions at Fandor, Amanda Salazar, Film industry veteran, Arthur Jeppe, Executive Director of the Cucalorus Film Festival, Dan Brawley, award-winning independent producer, screenwriter and director, Hans-Martin Liebing, Executive Vice President, Acquisitions, Research, and Network Operations for Pivot, Jennie Morris, Screenwriter Kenneth Young, Program Director for the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF), Jim Brunzell III, Toronto International Film Festival’s Lisa Haller, Kim Leadford, co-founder of StarStream Media and Reel Asian Head of Programming Kristine Estorninos.

Newport Honors Awards

NBFF Woman of Distinction Award for Outstanding Contribution to Acting – Kate Beckinsale (Love & Friendship)                                                                                                                                                       Legend Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music in Cinema – Burt Bacharach (Po) Legend Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema – Rita Moreno (Remember Me)   Award for Outstanding Contribution to Screenwriting – Linda Woolverton

2016 AUDIENCE AWARDS:

Feature FilmThe Lennon Report – Jeremy Profe, Director

Feature Film – Nobody Walks in LA – Jesse Shapiro, Director

Foreign FilmBattalion (Батальон) – Dmitry Meskhiev, Director

Documentary – Orange Sunshine  – William A. Kirkley, Director

Documentary  The Ataxian – Zack Bennett and Kevin Schlanser, Directors

ACTION SPORTSDirty Old Wedge – Tim Burnham, Director

ENVIRONMENTAL – Huntwatch – Brant Backlund, Director

Art, Architecture & DesignTyrus – Pamela Tom, Director

FAMILYThe Kids From 62-F – Imani Shakur, Director

SHORT FILMS

Best Narrative SHORT FILM Seeking: Jack Tripper – Quinlan Orear

Best Narrative SHORT FILM – Reality+ – Coralie Fargeat, Director
Best AnimatED SHORT FILM Follow Your Heart – Rob O’Neill, Director

Best foreign SHORT FILM – Zaatari – David Ghali – Director

Art, Architecture & DesignThe Whimsical Imagineer – Ken Kebow, Director

2016 JURY AWARDS

Best Feature Film Embers – Claire Carré, Director

Best Actor – George Kosturos  American Wrestler: The Wizard

Best Director – Claire Carre – Embers

Best Cinematography – Rudiger Barth, William A. Kirkley  – Orange Sunshine

Best Documentary Off The Rails – Adam Irving, Director

Best Editing – Chris Catanach – Orange Sunshine

SHORT FILMS

Best Narrative SHORT FILM Hi, How Are You – Director, Daniel Johnston

Best Documentary SHORT FILM The Last Barn Dance – Jason Arthurs and Ted Richardson, Directors
Best AnimatED SHORT FILM Violet – Maurice Joyce, Director

Best foreign SHORT FILM – Deszcz – Malina Maria Mackiewicz, Director

2016 FESTIVAL HONORS:

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: DIRECTING – Bob Yari – Papa: Hemingway in Cuba

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: FEATURE FILM – Love & Friendship – Director Wit Stillman

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: FEATURE FILM – American Wrestler: The Wizard – Alex Ranarivelo, Director

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: FOREIGN FILM – The Violin Teacher – Sergio Machado, Director

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: FOREIGN FILM – The Innocents (Agnus Dei) – Anne Fontaine, Director

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: ACTING – Dev Patel – The Man Who Knew Infinity

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: ACTING – Evanna Lynch – My Name is Emily

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: SCREENWRITING – Alexander Janko – Year By The Sea

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: EDITING – Todd Holmes – Coming Through The Rye

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: ENSEMBLE CAST – Love Is All You Need?

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: SHORT FILM – Roksana – Shaina Pakravan, Director

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: SHORT FILM – Zelos – Thoranna Sigurdardottir, Director

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: SHORT FILM – Clock Maker’s Dream – Cashell Horgan, Director

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: SHORT FILM – Delicate Things – Patrick Maxwell, Director

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: SHORT FOREIGN FILM – Foal

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILM Twin Visions –Louise Salter and Gavin Bowden, Directors

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: SHORT ANIMATION FILM – Dissonance – Till Nowak, Director

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: Family film – Lost & Found – Joseph Itaya, Director

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: music Monument – Israel Anthem, Director

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: ACTION SPORTS – Fire and Water – Director Thomas Brookins

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: ACTION SPORTS Chasing Niagara – Rush Sturges

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: BREAKOUT PERFMROANCE Brianna Hildebrand – The Voice Inside, Actress & Producer

Attendance at the 2016 Newport Beach Film Festival was 50,000 with a record number of sellouts.

The Newport Beach Film Festival is sponsored in part by City of Newport Beach, Visit Newport Beach, Arrowhead Water, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Celebrity Cruises, Fashion Island and Los Angeles Times.

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