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19th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival Announce Call For Irish Films
14 Feb 2018 : Nathan Griffin
The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) announces ‘Call for Entries’ for Irish films. The 19th annual Newport Beach Film Festival will take place from April 26 – May 3, 2018, showcasing more than 350 films from around the globe in the pristine coastline of Southern California’s Newport Beach.

Sunday evening, April 29, 2018, the Newport Beach Film Festival will present its annual Irish Spotlight event, celebrating Irish cinema, culture, and cuisine. The Irish Spotlight film series will include a variety of feature-length Irish narratives, documentaries and curated Irish short films.​

Gregg Schwenk, CEO of the Newport Beach Film Festival​ said:

“The Festival is extremely proud to showcase the best in Irish Cinema. We are honored to host one of the largest celebrations of Irish film on the West Coast” 

Festival partners will include Culture Ireland, Galway Film Fleadh, Irish Film Institute, Tourism Ireland, Irish Film & TV Academy, The Richard Harris International Film Festival and the Irish Film Board. Selected Irish films will qualify for audience and festival awards. NBFF will assist participating Irish filmmakers with outreach and promotion to various film industry executives and media.​

The Newport Beach Film Festival has over a decade-long history of screening notable Irish films such as 'The Secret Scripture', 'A Date for Mad Mary', 'Tomato Red', 'Sanctuary', 'Moon Dogs', 'Cardboard Gangsters', 'Song’s for Amy', 'My Name is Emily', 'Life’s A Breeze' and 'The O’Brien’s'.

Irish film submissions must be sent using Film Freeway. Qualifying film entries must have a completion date of Jan. 1, 2017 or later. Film entries must not be available via internet or broadcast nationally via cable or satellite television in the U.S. prior to the Festival screening in order to be eligible. ​

2018 NBFF Submission Deadlines

Ireland Deadline: Friday, February 23rd, 2018

NBFF waiver code for Irish film submissions: IreNBFF18

Click here to submit Irish films 

For more submission information  ​

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