Orange County residents’ talent for conspicuous consumption makes for a lively film fest. Almost three dozen audience and juried awards are given to filmmakers with three notable new prizes added this year: a cash prize for best doc, sponsored by MacGillivray Freeman Films of Imax doc fame; an outstanding animation kudo from the Chuck Jones Foundation that includes an animation cell of Jones’ work; and an outstanding cinematography prize in honor of friend-of-the-fest Laszlo Kovacs.
Newport Beach also is synonymous with luxury: Pricey, ocean-view real estate and resorts plus Fashion Island make for an upscale destination. Luxury brands onboard include Absolut Citron, Land Rover and Fashion Island — the site of most after-parties.
Swag this year for filmmakers includes Andiamo luggage, and some party attendees can look forward to generous gift certificates. Festgoers can expect 16 major galas and international film nights that showcase food and perfs from selected countries.