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Newport Beach Film Festival


Newport Beach, California

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  1. October 20th, 2009 at 11:30 | #1


    I should add, though, that because this is a well-regarded festival, it did help us gain some attention and momentum in our festival run.

  2. October 20th, 2009 at 11:22 | #2

    My experience with Newport was decidedly mixed. While they put on a festival with good buzz and provided an extensive media contact list, they did not do a good job projecting the films. Their projector was so shabby that our screening was hurt by it. There was no contrast, no color saturation. After a month in the dark color correcting, it was a big disappointment. The liason did arrange for us to preview the image a half hour before the screening, but there was nothing that could be done to correct it. We also were unfortunately given an impossible screening time: 4pm on a Wednesday. Their parties were fun, though — lots of booze and lots of very entertaining characters working the crowd and also the food line.

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  3. Annie
    October 8th, 2009 at 00:13 | #3

    I had a good time at this festival in 2008 but had mixed feelings. They had some really great parties…in fact a few every night with different themes (i.e. French, Latin etc.). I was disappointed in the hospitality suite which didn’t serve lunch. It served some muffins and bananas for breakfast. Also, they didn’t offer lodging for short film makers. The gift bags had a program in them but little else. Despite all that, a pretty good festival.

    One thing that I’ll always remember… I attended a shorts program and one of the filmmakers had flown in from South America… had heaps of guests from all over the place in attendance… but then, just as her film was about to play… the programmer announces that they’d LOST HER TAPE!! Ouch… that’s gotta suck. They rescheduled her screening for another day to give them time to find it…. wow.

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