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The 20th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival, April 25 – May 2


The much-anticipated Newport Beach Film Festival will present “Luce” at Opening Night on Thursday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Edwards Big Newport followed by a gala reception at Fashion Island. The 20th annual NBFF will run from April 25 – May 2.

"Luce" tells the story of a former child soldier from Africa, adopted by white parents and naturalized in America, who becomes a star athlete and top student in his suburban Virginia high school. Eventually, he finds his close-knit family life and impeccable academic record challenged by a teacher after she discovers unsettling political views in a homework assignment. LUCE stars Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison Jr., and Tim Roth.

Following the screening, the Festival will host an Opening Night Gala at Fashion Island presented by Pacific Sales, sponsored in part by Tito’s Vodka, Fashion Island, and the City of Newport Beach. The gala will feature culinary tastings from 30 of Orange County’s premiere restaurants, hosted bar by Tito’s Vodka with a special performance from Side Deal featuring Grammy Award-winning musicians.

Tickets to the Opening Night screening and gala are $225 each and are available at You can also purchase tickets to the Opening Night gala only for $175 each. Guests must be at least 21 years old and cocktail attire is highly recommended.

The Newport Beach Film Festival will showcase more than 350 films from 50 countries and host nightly special events, red carpet galas, compelling conversations with filmmakers, international spotlight events and seminars. The Festival offers filmgoers unique opportunities to mingle with celebrities, filmmakers from around the globe and film industry professionals in a beautiful seaside locale.

Passes and tickets for film screenings, galas, and special events are available at

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