How to Fest

Purchasing Tickets
Festival Tickets can be purchased online. You can see our full program at


Box Office
The Main Box Office and Will Call has relocated to 957 Newport Center Drive, in Fashion Island Shopping Center.

Hours are:  Friday – 4-9 pm
                   Saturday thru Thursday – 10 am to 9 pm
A secondary Box Office and Will Call location is a tent outside Triangle Cinemas on the top level of The Triangle located at Newport Blvd and Broadway.  Parking is busy so allow plenty of time to purchase or pick up tickets.
Hours are:    Friday – 4-9 pm
                     Saturday & Sunday  – 10:30 am to 9 pm
                     Monday thru Thursday – 4-9 pm
Small box offices are set up at  various other screening venues for ticket sales to that venue only.  Box offices are open half hour before the first screening of the day at the venue.
Will Call
Advance ticket purchase will be available for pickup at the Fashion Island and Triangle Cinema Box Office locations.  Single screening Will Call  are also be available at each venue for the screening at that venue.  Please allow enough time to pick up your tickets.

Day of show tickets
Tickets are only available online until 2 hours before show time. After that you will need to go straight to the Box Office of the venue where that movie will be showing.

Rush Lines
We hold a number of seats in each theater for Pass-Holders so there may be extra seats released just before the screening time. Please check with the Box Office to see if Rush Tickets are available for purchase.

Seats cannot be held
You must be present to take a seat. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are not in your seat at show time your seat may be given to someone in the Rush Line.

Remember your coat
All lines are outdoors so please dress accordingly (hat, sunscreen, coat)! The Festival attracts thousands of people, so don’t be surprised if the lines are long and extend outside the theater.

Filmmaker Q&As
In an effort to make the Festival a more interactive experience we encourage the filmmakers to attend and conduct a Q&A after the film. This is your opportunity to ask them your questions about the making of the film.

Arrive Early
To start the film on time, we must seat many people in a very short timeframe. Allow plenty of time for your transportation, especially on weekend nights.

Children are (sometimes) welcome
Not all Festival films are intended for “all audiences,” and few have MPAA ratings attached – audience discretion is advised. As a general rule, children are encouraged to attend only designated films.

We do not show any previews
Screenings start within five minutes of the scheduled time. However, the festival cannot be held accountable for late starts.

We take movies seriously
Please silence your wrappers, voices, communication devices and alarms to ensure a quality audience experience.

Volunteer Staff
Most of the venues are staffed by volunteers who can answer many of your questions. They help make the festival possible by donating their time so please be patient, and don’t forget to thank them for their efforts.

Festival News
Repeat screenings, events, and guest updates are posted and announced regularly at the Box Office, online on Facebook, Twitter, and our website

Getting Around
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