2014 Newport Beach Film Festival Award Winners

The prestigious Newport Beach Film Festival has just wrapped up its 15th edition, and the lineup was impressive, as always. Over 400 films, representing 50 countries, were selected from a total of more than 2000 submissions. Like most festivals, NBFF grants Jury Awards by a panel of experts and industry insiders along with Audience Awards tallied by filmgoers. But they also honor many additional films and talent with awards given by NBFF staff.    

Here are this year's winners of the Jury Awards, Audience Awards, and Festival Honors.



Best Feature Film: The Sublime and Beautiful

Best Actor: Blake Robbins, The Sublime and Beautiful

Best Actress: Aunjanue Ellis, Una Vida

Best Director: Blake Robbins, The Sublime and Beautiful

Best Cinematography: Lyn Moncrief, The Sublime and Beautiful

Best Screenplay: Jason Strouse, Teacher of the Year

Special Jury Prize for Actress in a Feature Film: Laura Kirk, The Sublime and Beautiful

Special Jury Prize for Cinematography of a Feature Film: Patrick Jones, The Last Lonely Place

Best Documentary: The Honest Liar

Special Jury Prize for Documentary Film: Who Took Johnny

Best Narrative Short Film: Mr. Invisible

Best Documentary Short Film: Aerodrome

Best Animated Short Film: Rabbit and Deer

Special Jury Prize for Animated Short Film: Rhino Full Throttle



Feature Film: Chef

Foreign Film: Noble and The Invisible Collection (A Coleção Invisível)

Comedy: Teacher of the Year and We'll Never Have Paris

Documentary: Taking My Parents to Burning Man

Action Sports: Land of Patagones (Tierra De Patagones)

Art, Architecture + Design: Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists

Music: Una Vida

Short Film: The Boy and The Bus

Youth Film Showcase: Minimum Max



Feature Film: Break Point, Fort Bliss, The Goodbye (La Despedida), and Cas & Dylan

Acting: Elizabeth Moss, The One I Love

Breakout Performance: Jenny Slate, Obvious Child

Ensemble Cast: The Immigrant

Directing: Sarah Spillane, Around the Block; James Gray, The Immigrant; Darren Grodsky and Danny Jacobs, Growing Up and Other Lies

Editing: Simon Jacquet, Attila Marcel

First-time Filmmaker: Giulia Nahmany, Love By Design

Foreign Film: Life's A Breeze

Documentary: Our Man in Tehran

Documentary (Sports): Don't Quit: The Joe Roth Story

Music: Stuart Murdoch, God Help the Girl

Action Sports: OUT in the line-up

Art, Architecture + Design: Fabergé: A Life of its Own

Environmental: SlingShot

Music Documentary: Keep On Keepin' On and Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back

Humanitarian Award: Untouchable: Children of God

Short Film: Hsu Ji Behind the Screen, We Keep on Dancing, and Dragula


Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at Larry411.com

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