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Newport Beach Film Festival Seminar Series


With the generous support of the City of Newport Beach Arts Commission, the Festival presents a series of interactive panels that focus on the art of filmmaking. This free educational event features talented and distinguished film industry professionals. The seminars give attendees an opportunity to go behind the scenes with some of the industry's leading filmmakers. Screenwriters, directors, film composers, animators, actors, and producers share their extensive knowledge and insight into the business and art of today's entertainment world.

This year we will host a series of moderated discussions as well as interactive panels with top industry professionals. Past guests include Aaron Sorkin, Aisha Tyler, Jared Harris, Richard M. Sherman, McG as well as guests whose work include First Man, A Quiet Place, Black Panther and more! Make sure to save the date and check back for more details. We look forward to seeing you for our 20th Anniversary.


11:00AM - Variety Cinematography Seminar and Panel (Presented by Zeiss)

Join us for back-to-back discussion with Variety as they host an insightful conversation with their 10 Cinematographers to Watch, which will be closed out by a look into the career of their Billion Dollar Cinematographer.

  • Lawrence Sher (Joker, Godzilla: King of Monsters)
  • Jessica Lee Gagne (Escape at Dannemora, Sweet Virginia)
  • Nick Remy Matthews (Hotel Mumbai, The Palace)
  • Matt Mitchell (Little Woods, Made from America)
  • Mathieu Plainfossé (The Iron Orchard)
  • Quyen Tran (Pali Road, Here and Now, The Little Hours)

1:30PM - Conversation with... (TBA)

More information to be announced

2:00PM - Full-Frame Cinematography is Here to Stay (Presented by ZEISS Cinema Lenses)**

What is Full Frame or Large Format cinematography, and is this something you should know about?  The new crop of digital cinema cameras all have larger format sensors, which require a different type of lenses.  This drive for larger image circles and a wider image is nothing new.  There have been many film formats in the past that were based in the same concepts – Vista Vision, IMAX, 65mm and others.  So what makes large sensors attractive for modern-day cinematographers?  How does this have an effect on creative choice?  Come find out in this easy-to-understand educational workshop sponsored by ZEISS.  Participants can be new or experienced cinematographers and directors of photography, or filmmakers who are curious about all the new choices available on the market.  Learn what it takes to elevate your art. With special guest, Quyen Tran. (The Little Hours)

**Workshop Location: Newport Beach Central Library, Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92660

3:30PM - Screenwriting Seminar

Join us as professionals discuss the ins and outs of screenwriting.

  • Michael Werwie (Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, Lost Girls)
  • Kim Adelman - Moderator (Producer, Writer, and Professor)


The Seminar Series is FREE. No tickets are required. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Free on site parking available.

*Panelists are subject to change*

More information on festival seminars can be found at


All seminars are free thanks in part to a Cultural Arts Grant from the
Newport Beach City Arts Commission


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