LVM Applauds Multicultural Presence at Newport Beach Film Festival

Known as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the United States, the Newport Beach Film Festival took place this past week and exposed attendees, including LVM, to multicultural films from around the world.

newport-beach-film-festLVM kicked-off the festival week by attending the Opening Night Gala, hosted under the stars by Esquire Magazine and Fashion Island.  The exclusive Gala featured culinary tastings from 40 of Orange County’s premiere restaurants, including treats from the Back Bay Bistro at Newport Dunes.  The event also showcased a special performance from Taylor Hicks and live sets from local DJs.

Overall, we are pleased to say that the Festival was successful in bringing to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world, delivering a first-class international film program that provided a forum for cultural understanding and educational opportunities.

We especially enjoyed screening the film “Gauchos Del Mar – Surfeando el Pacífico Americano“, which follows two Argentinian brothers that are traveling through the American Continent, from Los Angeles to Buenos Aires, and living their dream of surfing the American Pacific coastline.  Directed by Julian Azulay, the film truly portrays the beauty of the coastline and cultures of Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru and the western United States.

Part of the Festival’s mission is to embrace the diversity of its community; thus the Newport Beach Film Festival proudly supported local non-profit organizations through its Community Outreach Program. The program was created with the idea that film offers new perspectives and possibilities for a changing world.  Every year, the Newport Beach Film Festival partners with several non-profit organizations in Orange County from various areas including the arts, health and human services, the environment, education, children’s causes and alumni clubs.  Each organization is then paired with a film that is likely to attract an audience interested in its cause and given an opportunity to speak to film audiences prior to the screenings, allowing the organizations to receive exposure and a chance to connect with filmmakers, other non-profit groups and more than 52,000 attendees annually.

Celebrating its 14th year, the Festival featured an international line-up of 400+ films, which showcased a diverse collection of studio and independent films, as well as a Family Film Series, meant for filmgoers of all ages.  We are thrilled to have participated in this year’s program and applaud the Newport Beach Film Festival for bringing such a unique array of films and talent to Orange County.   For more information, visit

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