It’s time to note the top films from the Newport Beach Film Festival. Like other film festivals, NBFF has awards. There are jury awards and audience awards. And, of course I have my favorites as well.
We’ll start with my top films. Rather than noting a best of fest, I’ll just give you my top tier films, in the order I saw them: Katie Says Goodbye, a story of dreams that move us forward even in the face of failure; Sanctuary, a film made with a theater company of intellectually challenged adults; and Out of Innocence, a young woman and her family railroaded by police in a murder investigation.
The jury at NBFF was made up of industry professionals, including Claire Best, CEO and owner of Claire Best & Associates, Hunt Lowry, producer and CEO/President of Rosework Films, actor Robert Reed Carradine, Mike Repsch, Senior Vice President of Distribution and Sales at Breaking Glass Pictures, Arianne Rocchi, VP of Publicity at Magnolia Pictures/Magnet Releasing, Larry Greenberg, Head of Acquisitions and Domestic Distribution for Ambi Media Group, Oscar Nominated writer/director Tom Van Avermaet, and Todd Slater, co-founder and partner at Blue Fox Entertainment.
Best Film – Moon Dogs
Best Actor – Jack Parey Jones – Moon Dogs
Best Actress – Olivia Cooke – Katie Says Goodbye
Best Director – Len Collin – Sanctuary
Best Cinematography – Marden Dean – Boys in the Trees
Best Documentary – City of Joy
Best Documentary: honorable mention – Dateline – Saigon
Best Screenwriter – Wayne Roberts – Katie Says Goodbye
During the festival audiences are given ballots on entering the theater to rate the film. Those ballots determine the Audience Awards,. Which are given out in many categories.
Feature Film – Don’t Tell
Foreign Film – Sami Blood (Sameblod)
Documentary – I’ll Push You
Action Sports – Under an Arctic Sky
Art, Architecture + Design – The Gamble House
Family– Scales: Mermaids are Real
Music – Man in the Camo Jacket
There are various other awards presented. To see all the awards you can visit the festival’s website. You can also start planning to be part of next year’s festival which will run April 26-May 3.