Call For: Submissions for Newport Beach Film Festival


The 20th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) announces a Call for Entries for Irish Cinema. From April 25 – May 2, 2019, the NBFF will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with a special Irish spotlight to take place on Sunday, April 28th. The Festival features 55,000+ attendees, red carpet premieres, nightly galas, filmmaker Q&A sessions and engaging networking opportunities.

The NBFF will celebrate its 20th edition with the largest celebration of Irish Cinema on the West Coast. Highlights include an Irish Spotlight event, screenings of Irish feature-length narrative, documentary, short and animated films, along with the participation of Irish filmmakers, actors, musical performers, culinary brands and film industry organizations.

We are tremendously excited for the 20th Anniversary of the Festival and the Irish Showcase, we encourage all Irish Filmmakers to enter their films and become part of the largest celebration of Irish Film and creativity in the Western United States,” says Gregg Schwenk, CEO of the Newport Beach Film Festival.

2019 NBFF Submission Deadlines:

Thanksgiving Deadline: Friday, November 30th, 2018

Regular Deadline: Friday, December 21st, 2018

Late Deadline: Friday, January 25th, 2019

UK & Ireland Deadline: Friday, March 1st, 2019

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Call For: Submissions for Irish Films for Newport Beach Film Festival



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.

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

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‘A Nightingale Falling’ at Newport Beach Film Festival


Garret Daly and Martina McGlynn’s debut feature, A Nightingale Falling, the Irish war of Independence feature film, has been officially selected for the  Newport Beach Film Festival in LA.

The festival will host the US Premiere of the film which was released in Irish cinemas last September and has already picked up a number of awards at various film festivals.

Playing in competition, the film will screen on April 27th at the Little Island cinema in Newport followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

The film stars Tara Breathnach in the lead role as May Collingwood as she struggles to keep her home safe while taking care of a wounded British officer.
The film is represented by 7&7 Sales agents in London who have already secured release deals for the film in South Korea, Germany and Hong Kong.

Irish audiences will get the chance to see the movie this weekend when it is screened on UTV Ireland.

The film will be broadcast on Easter Sunday at 10pm.
A making of documentary will also screen at 4.30pm on the same day.


‘One Ocean: No Limits’ Selected for Newport Beach Film Festival


One Ocean: No Limits, a 52min documentary that follows a young Irish novice rower as he takes an unforgettable journey, rowing completely unassisted across the vast Atlantic Ocean from Morocco to Barbados as part of a crew of only six people, is the only Irish documentary to be selected for screening at the  Newport Beach Film Festival (see


Following on from its recent successful North American screenings at the 11th Annual San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival ( the Boston Irish Film Festival (, the film will screen at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Sat April 26th at 12.30pm.


Not only is One Ocean: No Limits the first Irish documentary on the subject of the extreme sport of ocean rowing, it is also a completely no-budget film, and was self-funded by the Producer/Director.  The film was produced and directed by Sarah McCann, who also performed major camera & editing roles.  This is also the filmmaker’s first long documentary.  The film was co-edited by John Murphy.  The final sound mix and online/grading took place in Gorilla Post-Production.  The film has been acquired upon completion for broadcast by RTE (TX date TBC).


The film allows the audience to become part of a record-breaking crew of six men, (2 English, 2 Irish, 1 Icelandic, 1 Maltese), on board the ocean rowing boat the Sara G – a crew who only met a few days before setting out on this momentous task.


Ocean Rowing itself is an extreme sport and from an endurance viewpoint, this feat of crossing the Atlantic by oar is similar to running over 100 marathons, back to back.


At present, the number of those who have successfully crossed an ocean is similar to the number of people who have been in space, pointing to the uniqueness not only of those who are involved in such an extreme sport, but also of the crew of this documentary film who not only successfully crossed the Atlantic Ocean, but broke two world records while doing so – records that still stand to this day.


One Ocean: No Limits‘ is a documentary film about an extreme sports triumph – however, at its core, it is a human interest film that charts the experiences of a group of strangers forced into an extraordinary situation in an enclosed space crossing an ocean.


It is a story of human triumph against the odds. It offers access to sights that very few of us will ever get to experience and shows how determination and the desire to achieve can take one person from a dream to a reality.



Laura Way’s ‘Jonny Boy’ to screen at Newport Beach Film Festival

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Newport Beach Film Festival (25th April – 2nd May)

Short film Jonny Boy, written and directed by Laura Way, is screening in competition at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Featuring veteran American actor Jon Polito (Seinfeld, Miller’s Crossing), the film tells the story of Jonny, a loving husband who comforts his dying wife Nell (Irene Wright) as she gradually slips away. Determined to reveal the burden that she has been carrying for their thirty-five year marriage, Nell confesses a secret, which opens a door to Jonny’s past, bringing her life, and his, round full circle.

Way, who wrote and directed the award winning short Sugar Stick, also starring Irene Wright, is best known for her work as an actress in Anton, The Tudors and Dearbhla Walsh’s BBC drama, The Silence. She recently completed the Filmbase MSc Digital Feature Film Production Course where she directed one segment of the feature film Keys to the City. Shirley Weir, (Stitch Films), produced and co-wrote the short film with director Laura Way. Funding for the production was awarded by the Irish Film Board as part of the Short Shorts funding scheme, designed to support upcoming filmmakers.

Jonny Boy has enjoyed a successful festival run following its premiere in the Corona Cork Film Festival, screening in competition internationally, including Festival Cine De Huesca, Boston Irish Film Festival and Braunschweig International Film festival, among others.

The film also stars Ronan Wilmot, Daniela Vanasco, Brian Fortune and Kathleen Tierney. Director of Photography was Noah Eli Davis, Post Production Superviser and edited by Frank Reid (Stitch Films), makeup by Lorraine McCrann, Colourist Ian De Bri, original score composed by Rori Coleman.

Jonny Boy screens in the Newport Beach Film Festival on Monday 29th at 8.30 pm.

The trailer for the film can be viewed here:


‘Songs for Amy’ awarded ‘Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking’ at US Film Festival.

Cast & Crew – Songs for Amy
Left to Right Mairi McLellan (Ex producer) Ross Mac Mahon (who plays Delcan) Fiona Graham, (Writer/Producer) Kevin Ryan (who plays JJ) Konrad Begg (Director) Sean Maguire (Lead Role – Sean O’Malley) Lorna Anderson (who plays Amy) Aindrais De Staic (who plays James the Chef) Duncan Telford (DOP – Director of Photography)


Feature film Songs for Amy was awarded ‘Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking’ at the Newport Beach Film Festival, in California, where 400 films screened from 50 countries.

The film premiered on 1st May  and screened again on 3rd May. Both screenings were sold out with the film ranking 4th out of 400 films on the audience ratings. The film was highlighted under Irish Spotlight and Music Spotlight.

Director Konrad Begg said, ‘It was great to see the film play to an American audience and I was overwhelmed by the response – both screenings sold out! They really got the humour and emotion of the film. It couldn’t have gone better.’

Key cast (Sean Maguire, Lorna Anderson, Kevin Ryan and Ross Mac Mahon) attended the US festival, along with Director Konrad Begg, Producer/ Writer, Fiona Graham, Exec Producer Mairi McLellan and musicians Jim McKee and Ultan Conlon, who created an enormous buzz at the festival, playing songs from the soundtrack.

On winning the award, Konrad Begg said, ‘It is a great honour to win the award on behalf of the cast and crew and it’s fantastic to get the recognition from the jury at Newport Beach.’

Songs for Amy was filmed in Galway and New York last summer and will be premiering in Ireland at the Galway Film Fleadh in July.



International Award-Winning Irish Film picks up an Award of Excellence at the Canada International Film Festival

Liam Clarke’s internationally award winning film  ‘ 2 TONNE HANDS ‘ has just picked up an Award of Excellence at the Canada International Film Festival in Vancouver. Directed by and starring Liam – the film follows a shy, young Polish builder who is stranded and lost in Ireland after losing his job. Separated from his wife and child and without friends, he applies his big awkward hands to using music to help him turn his life around.

Since its release, ‘ 2 TONNE HANDS ’ has also picked up a Bronze Palm at The Mexico International Film Festival and a Silver Medal at Park City Film Music Festival in Utah.

“I like to see personal stories with ordinary characters in, what is for them, extraordinary situations,” says Liam Clarke, writer and director of the film.

“… not only is the storyline relevant and heartwarming, but the music is absolutely bonechilling.”

Del Weston, founder of the Action on Film Festival, California.

“Compelling, Irish gem,”

Emma Jacobs, Financial Times

Sponsored by Culture Ireland, ‘ 2 TONNE HANDS ’ will next showcase at the THE 13th ANNUAL NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL (NBFF) running April 26th – May 3rd, 2012 in venues throughout Orange County, California.


Tickets and further festival information
Please find attached a Press & Production pack detailing some further information about the film, and a trailer at the links below: