15th Annual Newport Beach Film Fest begins this week

crowds at Newport Beach Film Fest.

Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the United States, the 15th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) brings the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world to Newport Beach for eight spectacular days, April 24 – May 1, 2014 (Courtesy Newport Beach Film Festival).

15th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival announces world-premieres, spotlights, seminars and nightly events

The Newport Beach Film Festival will showcase more than 350 films from 50 countries and host nightly special events, red carpet galas, compelling conversations with filmmakers, international spotlight events and seminars. The Festival offers unique opportunities to mingle with celebrities, filmmakers from around the globe, and film industry professionals in a beautiful seaside locale.

OPENING & CLOSING NIGHT GALAS

Newport Beach film Festival

The Film Festival starts this Friday April 24th – May 1st.

The 2014 Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) proudly announces the World Premiere LOVESICK as its Opening Night film. The red carpet screening of LOVESICK starring Matt LeBlanc, Ali Larter, Adam Rodriquez and Chevy Chase will take place on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 7:30pm at Edwards Big Newport (300 Newport Center Drive) followed by a gala reception at Fashion Island (401 Newport Center Drive). The 15th annual NBFF will run from April 24th – May 1st, 2014.

For more on the film fest schedule visit: 15th Annual Film Festival (more) Media Contact (more)

On Closing Night, NBFF proudly presents CHEF starring Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr. and directed by Jon Favreau. A talented chef who unexpectedly loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise – all while trying to piece back together his estranged family. The Closing Night film and party will take place at Via Lido Courtyard (3417 Via Lido, Newport Beach, CA 92663).A GHOST.

Actress Viola Davis Joins Safeway Foundation and The Entertainment Industry Foundation in a campaign to end childhood hunger

 

New PSAs are part of a year-round effort to spotlight and address childhood hunger, which affects one in five children in the United State
Academy Award® -nominated actress Viola-Davis- Actress together with The Safeway
Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) has launched Hunger Is, a joint charitable program designed to raise awareness and funds to fight childhood hunger in the United States. The year-round campaign encourages individuals and communities to get involved in solving a widespread problem that too often goes unnoticed.
“One in five children in America struggle with hunger — that’s nearly seventeen million children. I was one of those children; I was the one in five,” said Davis. “I am honored to join The Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation to increase awareness and raise funds to help end childhood hunger.”
Funds raised through the initiative will go toward programs focused on eradicating childhood hunger and improving health-related outcomes. During the inaugural year , breakfast programs will be the focus, giving children a healthy start to their day and the best chance to excel.
Actress Viola Davis

Actress Viola Davis

Research shows that children who eat breakfast have better school attendance, achieve higher math scores, and are twenty percent more likely to graduate from high school than children who lack adequate access to food.

“It is unacceptable that millions of children in this country go hungry each day. The good news is that we can make a difference in their lives and send them to class ready and able to learn,” said Larree Renda, Safeway Inc. Executive Vice President and Chair of The Safeway Foundation.
Safeway shoppers will also have multiple opportunities to give during an in-store Childhood Hunger awareness fundraiser during the month of April at more than 1,300 Safeway stores across the United States
“We are so grateful to Viola Davis for her profound generosity in sharing her personal story and lending her powerful voice to this campaign,” said EIF President and CEO Lisa Paulsen. “Too many kids are not getting the nutrition they need to reach their full potential, and we’re privileged to work with The Safeway Foundation to engage communities across the country in helping to change that.”
More information about the issue is available at HungerIs.org, along with simple ways for individuals to donate.
About Hunger Is
It is a joint charitable program of The Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), is designed to build awareness and raise funds in an effort to eradicate childhood hunger in America.
Funds raised through Hunger Is directly benefit programs focused on combating childhood hunger and improving health-related outcomes. For more info visit:
About The Safeway Foundation
Founded in 2001, The Safeway Foundation supports causes that impact our customers’ lives. Safeway stores provide the opportunity to mobilize funding and create awareness in our neighborhoods through the generous contributions by our customers, our employees’ passion and partnerships with our vendors. They focus on giving locally in the areas of health and human services, hunger relief, education and helping people with disabilities. Safeway Inc. and The Safeway Foundation have invest ed $1 billion in our neighborhoods since 2001. For more information about The Safeway Foundation, visit Safewayfoundation.org
For more info about Entertainment Industry Foundation visit: