Newport Beach Film Festival Announces 2022 Winners

Members of the Newport Bach Film Festival team / Photo by Charles Weinberg

The Newport Beach Film Festival has announced its 2022 awards, including Audience Awards and Jury Awards.

The 23rd edition of the festival was held from October 13 to 20, 2022, showcasing over 350 films from around the world. Over its eight days, the festival hosted red carpet premieres, nightly special events, live musical performances and engaging conversations with filmmakers.

The opening night celebration included a red carpet arrival, the premiere of “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” and a gala night at Fashion Island.

Festival highlights included the 2022 Festival Honors program celebrating NBFF winners and Variety’s “10 Actors to Watch” as well as the festival’s selection of international spotlights, centerpiece screenings, special programs and curated short film programs. The films competed for audience, jury and festival prizes.

The opening night audience inside the Big Edwards Theater at Fashion Island / Photo by Jim Collins


  • Best Narrative Feature (USA): “Four Samosas”
  • Best Narrative Feature (International): “The Banshees of Inisherin”
  • Best Documentary Feature: “The Ghost of Richard Harris”
  • Best Documentary Feature (Action Sports): “Facing Monsters”
  • Best Documentary Feature (Local OC): “The Baja Bug Movie”
  • Best Documentary Feature (Environmental): “Patrick and the Whale”
  • Best Documentary Feature (Art, Architecture + Design): “Greenhouse by Joost”
  • Best Documentary Short (USA): “Just Hold On”
  • Best Narrative Short (International): “Warts & All”
  • Best Animated Short: “Andy: A Dog’s Tale”
  • Best Documentary Short (Environmental): “Aonghas – A Wish for the Waves / Aonghas – Mianna Mara”
  • Best Documentary Short (local OC): “Con Su Pluma en Su Mano: The Ballad of Gustavo Arellano”
  • Best Short Documentary (Art, Architecture + Design): “Gus Alva | Paradigm+++Mas”


Feature Stories

  • Best Film – “The Quiet Girl”
  • Best Director – Shal Ngo, “The Park”
  • Best Screenplay – Anna Baumgarten, “Disfluence”
  • Best Cinematography – Andrew Jeric, “Supercell”
  • Best Actress – Libe Barer, “Disfluence”
  • Best Actor – Jance Enslin, “The Mental State”

Best Documentary Feature – “Lovely Jackson”

Short films

  • Animated Short – “Andy: A Dog’s Tale”
  • Narrative Short – “Brownsville Bred”
  • Short documentary – “Lalito 10”

Festival rewards

  • Outstanding Directing Feature Film – “The Lost King”
  • Outstanding Directing Cinematography – “All is Quiet on the Western Front”
  • Outstanding Achievement in Editing – Billy Fox, “Devotion”

On Sunday, October 16, the Newport Beach Film Festival, in conjunction with Visit Newport Beach, celebrated outstanding achievement in film and television at the Festival Honors 2022 event at Balboa Bay Resort.

Some of the 10 actors to watch at the Newport Beach Film Festival / Photo by Jim Collins

2022 Festival winners included Ron Howard (Variety Legend and Groundbreaker Award); Jonathan Majors, Patton Oswalt, Keke Palmer and Aubrey Plaza (Artist of Distinction Awards); Colson Baker (Spotlight Award); Anna Diop (Spotlight Award); Cooper Raiff (Maverick Award); and Aimee Carrero (Breakout Performance Award). Additionally, Variety introduced its 10 actors to watch, with Kerry Condon (The Banshees of Inisherin), Stephanie Hsu (Everything Everywhere All at Once), Ximena Lamadrid (Bardo), Christina Jackson (Devotion), Thuso Mbedu (The Woman King ), Zen McGrath (The Son), Amber Midthunder (Prey), Sam Nivola (White Noise), Jeremy Pope (The Inspection) and Joseph Quinn (Stranger Things) were present.

Director Ron Howard receives an honorary award from the Newport Beach Film Festival / Photo by Jim Collins

On Saturday, October 15, Eddie Redmayne received the Icon Award at the Resort at Pelican Hill, while Adam Sandler received the festival’s top Performance of the Year award in recognition of his work in Jeremiah Zagar’s “Hustle” on Tuesday, October 18 at the Vea Hotel.

Additionally, filmmaker Paul Feig received the Career Achievement Award at the screening of “The School of Good and Evil” on Wednesday, October 19.

Recognized as one of the largest luxury lifestyle film festivals in the United States, the Newport Beach Film Festival brings an international collection of films and vibrant cultural gatherings to the beautiful Southern California coast.

Committed to championing the work of original storytellers from around the world, the Festival celebrates contemporary film culture, cinematic excellence and engages the community in captivating conversations with filmmakers and artists.


Actors from the movie “Weird—the Al Yankovic Story” Photo by Charles Weinberg

Gerald R. Schneider