April 21–28, 2016
What’s It All About?
Since its inception in 1999, the Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) has evolved into one of the most prestigious multicultural events with around 350 screenings. The eight-day festival prides itself on bringing the best of local and international cinema to Newport Beach by hosting tributes, special screenings and seminars.
In its 17th edition, the organisers have shortlisted around 450 films from 3,000 short and feature films. The categories of the festival are similar to its earlier editions, with the line-up comprising narrative features, documentaries, spotlight and short films and cover a wide range of genres like drama, science fiction and comedy. The horror category, introduced last year, continues this year as well.
Anupam Sharma’s romantic drama UnIndian features in the spotlight category. The film features cricketer Brett Lee, Tannistha Chatterjee and Supriya Pathak. It is a story of an Indian, single mother Meera (Chatterjee) who lives in Sydney and is trying to break away from the traditional mould of her family by following her own dreams. She falls in love with an Australian man Will (Lee). Her parents oppose this unlikely union as they search for a suitable Indian match.
Watch Out For!
After The Reality
Directed by David Anderson, After The Reality is a comedy drama featuring Matthew Morrison, Sarah Chalke and Jom Dore as the principal cast. The story revolves around Scottie, a contestant on Bachelorette-style reality show Young Bucks. His life is thrown into turmoil after his father’s death as Scottie is forced to quit the show and reunite with his sister Kate at the family cabin, creating a funny and poignant story about loss, reality show romance, and the love between siblings.
FAMILY FILM SERIES
CLOSING NIGHT GALA
Ian Olds’ directorial is a story of a former Afghanistan war journalist who moves to Northern California and find himself in a whole new whirlwind of danger, working as a crime reporter for the local newspaper.