Newport Beach Film Festival Announces 2006 Award Winners; Awards Ceremony to Be Produced by Media Alliance of Orange County

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--()--April 28, 2006--The Newport Beach Film Festival announces the winners of its 2006 Festival tonight. The Festival wraps up its official competition tonight with an Awards Ceremony beginning at 8:00 PM at the Palm Garden Ballroom at the Island Hotel (690 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach).

The 2006 Awards Ceremony marks the second year of a partnership with the Media Alliance Orange County (MAOC) and the Newport Beach Film Festival. "The MAOC, in an attempt to reach its goal of elevating and enhancing its image and awareness of the film, video and multimedia production/post-production industry in Orange County, is proud to be part of this win-win partnership," says Rick Sherman, president of the MAOC.

More than 1,500 films were reviewed by the Festival's selection committee. The films selected to run in the Festival were in competition for jury and audience awards, with a new addition of an award from MySpace.com for online promotion. This year's Festival included over 350 films, representing more than 35 countries.

The winners for the 2006 Festival are as follows:

Jury Awards

       Best Feature Film
       "Al Otro Lado (To the Other Side)"

       Best Director
       Feature Film
       Gustavo Loza
       "Al Otro Lado (To the Other Side)"

       Best Actor
       Feature Film
       Long Nguyen
       "Journey from the Fall (Vuot Song)"

       Best Actress
       Feature Film
       Elizabeth Reaser
       "Sweet Land"

       Best Cinematography
       Feature Film
       Charlie Lam
       "One Last Dance"

       Best Screenplay
       Stephane Brize and Juliette Sales
       "Je ne suis pas la pour etre aime (Not here to be loved)"

       Best Documentary
       "De nadie (No one)"

       Best Short Film
       "Binta and the Great Idea"

       Best Director
       Short Film
       Attila Szasz
       "Most latszom, most nem latszom (Now you see me, now you 
       don't)"

       Best Cinematography
       Short Film
       Jeff Waldron
       "The Honeyfields"

       Special Jury Prize
       "Spin"

       Best Short Documentary
       "A Note of Triumph"

       Special Jury Prize
       "Recycled Life"

       Best Animated Film
       "The Fan and the Flower"

       Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking
       Documentary
       "Sofia"

       Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking
       Documentary
       "F*CK"

       Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking
       Humanitarian Vision
       "Disarm"

       Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking
       Humanitarian Vision
       "Tsunami Diaries"

       Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking
       Feature Film
       "Neo Ned"

       Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking
       Feature Film
       "Lovelorn"

       Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking
       Feature Film
       "ESL: English as a Second Language"

       Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking
       Acting
       William H. Macy
       "Edmond"

       Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking
       Acting
       Jessica Biel
       "The Illusionist"

       Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking
       Family Feature
       "The Tillamook Treasure"

       Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking
       Family Short
       "Smile"

       Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking
       Short Film
       "Still Life"

       Maverick Film Award
       "Last Stop Paul"

       Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking
       First Time Filmmaker
       Monty Lapica
       "Self Medicated"

       MySpace
       Feature
       "Jimmy & Judy"

       MySpace
       Documentary
       "Chasing the Horizon"

       MySpace
       Short
       "Apartment 206"

Audience Awards

       Feature Film
       "Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont"

       Documentary
       "Visioning Tibet"

       Short Film
       "Footsteps of the Unknown"

Attendance at the 2006 Newport Beach Film Festival is estimated at 35,000 guests. The Festival will feature encore screenings of select films at the Orange County Museum of Art (850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach) on April 29 & 30, 2006. A complete schedule is available on the Festival's website.

NOTE: Please do not contact Festival winners until after the Awards Ceremony.

Contacts

Newport Beach Film Festival
Jordan Kaye, 310-402-3921
JKaye@NewportBeachFilmFest.com

Contacts

Newport Beach Film Festival
Jordan Kaye, 310-402-3921
JKaye@NewportBeachFilmFest.com