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LVM Supports 16th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival

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The Newport Beach Film Festival kicked off on Thursday, April 23rd with the Opening Night Gala featuring a screening of Russel Crowe’s directorial debut, “The Water Diviner” This post-World War I Battle of Gallipoli film tells the story of an Australian farmer who travels to Turkey to find his three missing sons. Karen Lanyon, Consul-general for the Australian Consulate-General, shared that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the battle and it’s very close to the hearts of many Australians.

Actors, directors, and city council members, alongside La Voz Marketing, gathered to support the 16th annual film festival that brings the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. The Festival provides a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities by showcasing a diverse collection of both studio and independent films.

This year, the film festival showcases about 150 feature films and 200 short films from more than 50 countries. Special spotlights highlight films from the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe, and Ireland. The Festival also features Latino, European, and Pacific Rim Showcases.

The Newport Beach Festival is not only open to filmmakers and VIPs, but to anyone who has an interest in supporting the creation and advancement of innovative and artistic cinematic works. “[W]e have something for everyone,” says Gregg Schwenk, co-founder and CEO of the festival. New additions this year include horror films, outdoor screenings of throwbacks like “Clueless” and even a showcase of old Disney clips!

The Festival proudly embraces the passion, vision and independent spirit of both emerging and seasoned filmmakers. LVM encourages you to participate in events like these to support arts and culture in Orange County!

The European Showcase starts tonight with films from Sweden, France, and Italy. The Festival also includes a special screening of “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story” and a guest visit from Lizzie herself tonight at the Regency South Coast Village in Santa Ana.

Tomorrow the Latino Showcase will feature Chilean, Brazilian and Mexican Spotlights. Enjoy a special discount on a combo ticket of any of those films and the after party by using the code: NBFFLATINO.

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