Newport Beach Film Festival Announces 2013 Line-Up

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Newport Beach, California (PRWEB) March 27, 2013

Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the United States, the 14th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival ( brings the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world to Newport Beach for eight spectacular days, April 25 May 2, 2013.

In 2013, the Newport Beach Film Festival will showcase more than 300 films from 40 countries, and will host more than 50,000 attendees during the eight-day event. In addition, the Festival will host celebrity-studded red carpet galas, nightly special events, compelling conversations with filmmakers, international spotlights, and seminars. The Festival also offers filmgoers unique opportunities to mingle with celebrities, filmmakers from around the globe, and film industry professionals all in the spectacular seaside setting of Newport Beach.

Confirmed in this years film line-up are: Fly Me to the Moon, starring Diane Krueger; How to Make Money Selling Drugs from Executive Producer Adrian Grenier; and Welcome to the Jungle starring Adam Brody.

The Newport Beach Film Festival will kick off on Thursday, April 25, with an Opening Night Gala featuring a performance by American Idol star Taylor Hicks. Hicks will bring his unique sound of southern soul, R & B, country and blues, to the stage to benefit the Festival and its programs.

The 14th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival will have a strong music presence this year, says Gregg Schwenk, CEO, Executive Director, and Founder of the Newport Beach Film Festival. We are thrilled to present several films on the topic of music, and to infuse the genre into several of the Festivals headline events.

New this year is the launch of the Festivals Music Series, showcasing films centered on music. The Newport Beach Film Festivals Music Film Series puts music center stage showcasing music videos, documentary, and narrative films propelled by music. Highlighting performances, historical headlines, struggling musicians and their unique stories, this growing series explores the binding relationship that links music and film. Two of the Music Film Series screenings will showcase documentaries on the Grammy Award-winning band, Green Day. It is expected that Green Day band members will appear at the Festival, as well.

Several other genres will star at the Newport Beach Film Festival this year, including action sports, environmental, family, youth, collegiate, and more.

“Newport Beach is proud to be the home of the Newport Beach Film Festival,” says Vicki Higgins, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Newport Beach & Company, the destination marketing organization for the City of Newport Beach, “we are excited for locals and visitors to enjoy the Spring in Newport Beach for fun in the sun, premier shopping and dining, resort packages and the opportunity to view more than 300 films during this world renowned film festival.”

Since its inception, the Newport Beach Film Festival has evolved into a prestigious event, attracting many acclaimed film such as the U.S. premiere of Crash and other notable films including (500) Days of Summer, The Cove, Waitress, The Illusionist, and many more.

For more information on the Newport Beach Film Festival, please visit

About the Newport Beach Film Festival

Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the United States, the Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program, a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the Newport Beach Film Festival focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of studio and independent films from around the globe.

About Newport Beach, California

Nestled among golden stretches of pristine Pacific coastline between Los Angeles and San Diego, Newport Beach epitomizes the casually sophisticated lifestyle of Southern California. This idyllic seaside destination is widely celebrated for its natural beauty and vibrant yachting community alongside stylish accommodations, eclectic coastal cuisine and upscale shopping. Ranked among the Top 10 Resort Towns in the U.S., Newport Beach also is distinguished as one of the countrys Top 10 Best Family Beaches. A mild climate and picturesque backdrop minutes from the newly expanded Orange County/John Wayne Airport (SNA) offers year-round appeal. For more information on Newport Beach or for a complimentary visitor guide, please visit our website, or call (800) 94-COAST.

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