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NB Film Festival Awards Announced

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It’s a wrap!

The 2015 Newport Beach Film Festival ended its successful eight-day run last Thursday, April 30, with the World Premiere of “No Stranger Than Love” at Lido Live.

Several cast members plus the director and producers attended the screening and participated in a Q&A with the audience prior to the closing night party in the Via Lido Plaza.

The mixing of filmmakers and filmgoers is one of the many things that make the Newport Beach Film Festival stand apart from many other festivals, said festival co-founder and CEO Gregg Schwenk.

“It was a terrific year for the festival—we had positive feedback from audiences and filmmakers, we had a record number of sellouts, numerous special events, and opportunities for filmmakers to mix and mingle with members of our community,” said Schwenk. “We’re really proud of being able to be that event that attracts both regional and international coverage for the festival.”

While the 2015 festival just ended, plans are already underway for the 2016 festival.

“We actually started planning next year’s festival befvore the 2015 festival started,” said Schwenk. “We had a meeting this week to discuss our call for entries, and are looking how to recruit more reviewers.”

With the close of the 2015 Film Festival comes the announcement of the festival’s Jury Awards, Festival Honors and Audience Awards.

 

2015 JURY AWARDS

BEST FEATURE FILM – The Passion of Augustine

BEST ACTOR – Nelson Xavier (A Despedida)

BEST ACTRESS – Celine Bonnier (The Passion of Augustine)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Lysander Menard (The Passion of Augustine)

BEST DIRECTOR – Lea Poole (The Passion of Augustine)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Eduardo Makino (A Despedida)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY HONORABLE MENTION – Daniel Jobin (The Passion of Augustine)

BEST SCREENPLAY – Marie Vien and Lea Poole (Passion of Augustine)

BEST DOCUMENTARY – The Chinese Mayor

 

SHORT FILMS

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM – The Way of Tea

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM – Growing Home

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM – Baths

 

2015 FESTIVAL HONORS:

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: DIRECTING – Russell Crowe (The Water Diviner)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: FEATURE FILM – A Little Chaos

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: FEATURE FILM – Slow Learners

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: FEATURE FILM – Welcome to Happiness

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: FEATURE FILM – Worthy

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: FEATURE FILM – A Nightingale Falling

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: DOCUMENTARY – Fear No Fruit

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: DOCUMENTARY – Life In A Walk

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: ACTING – Alison Brie (No Stanger Than Love)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: ACTING – Pierfrancesco Favino (Senza Pieta)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: The Nature of Modernism: E Stewart Williams, Architect

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: CINEMATORGRAPHY – Tony Mirza (Eadweard)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: EDITING – Beth Moran (Sun Belt Express)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: SHORT FILM – My Bonnie

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: SHORT FILM – Bookin’

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: SHORT FILM – The Present

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: SHORT FILM – Dead Hearts

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING DOCUMENTARY IMPACT AWARD: SHORT FILM- The Soundman

MADE IN CALIFORNIA SHORT FILM AWARD PRESENTED BY THE CALIFORNIA FILM COMMISSION: The Haircut

MADE IN CALIFORNIA SHORT FILM AWARD PRESENTED BY THE CALIFORNIA FILM COMMISSION: The Forgotten

YOUTH FILM SHOWCASE AWARD PRESENTED BY CHOPSHOP ENTERTAINMENT – Love And The Art Of Frisbee Flight

 

2015 AUDIENCE AWARDS:

FEATURE FILM – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

FOREIGN FILM – Who am I – No System is Safe (Kein System ist Sicher) Germany

DOCUMENTARY – A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story

DOCUMENTARY  – The Last Man on the Moon

 

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