Winners Announced at the Newport Beach Film Festival David Derks November 5, 2021 After a smaller affair during the 2020 season, the Newport Beach Film Festival came back bigger than ever with in-person screenings and events. During the event, over 300 films from 50 countries, hosting outdoor events, and special honors were showcased. During its eight-day run, the Festival hosted red carpet premieres, nightly special events, live music performances and compelling conversations with filmmakers. The Festival’s selection committee reviewed nearly 3,000 films, which were in competition for for Audience, Jury and Festival Awards. Some of the big winners in the Audience Awards competition included “Belfast” for Best Narrative Feature; “Maestro” captured Best Animated Short; and “Flee,” which has been making headway through awards season, won Best Animated Feature. In the Festival Awards categories, Maggie Gyllenhaal won best director for her efforts in “The Lost Daughter”; Amy Schumer won Outstanding Performance in the film “The Humans,” as well as Richard Jenkins for his role in the same film. “The 2021 Awards represent excellence in original storytelling and exceptional creative talent. With a solid number of premieres, awards contenders and a strong presence of local and international films, the Festival drew enthusiastic audiences. The Festival was proud to be back on the big screen in person and host a remarkable number of filmmakers,” stated Gregg Schwenk, NBFF’s CEO / Co-Founder. The complete list winners are as follows: Audience Awards Best Narrative Feature: Belfast Best Documentary Feature: Unzipped: An Autopsy of American Inequality Best International Film: The Hand of God (Italy) Best Animated Feature: Flee Best Art Architecture + Design Film: Tell Them We Were Here Best Action Sports Film: Tie – Birth of the Endless Summer: Discovery of Cape St. Francis (World Premiere) / In the Water: Behind the Lens Best Culinary Film: Michelin Stars II – Nordic by Nature Best Environmental Film Tie: Still a Black Star / After the Wildfires Best Music Film: Like a Rolling Stone: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres Best Short Narrative: Freya Best Short Documentary Tie: Radical Love / Imagemaker Best Music Video: enough. Best Animated Short: Maestro Jury Awards Narrative Feature Film Best Film: The Falconer Best Actor: Gabriel Byrne – Death of a Ladies Man Best Actress: Kali Reis – Catch the Fair One Best Director: Seán Breathnach – Shelter (Foscadh) Best Cinematographer: Nicholas Bupp – The Falconer Best Screenwriter: Adam Sjöberg / Seanne Winslow – The Falconer Documentary Feature Film Best Documentary: SET! Short Films Animated Short: Flowing Home Narrative Short: ALA KACHUU – Take and Run Documentary Short: Shaba Festival Awards for Outstanding Achievement Director: Maggie Gyllenhaal -The Lost Daughter Director: Yimou Zhang – One Second International Narrative: My Father Marianne (Sweden) US Narrative: C’mon C’mon Documentary: Cat Daddies Outstanding Performance: Olivia Colman – The Lost Daughter Outstanding Performance: Richard Jenkins – The Humans Outstanding Performance: – Amy Schumer – The Humans Best Editing Narrative Feature: Tankhouse Best Editing Documentary Feature: Pure Grit Best Editing Short Film: Birdie Short Film: The Crossing Short Film: I Want to Make a Film About Women Short Film: The FBI’s Secret War Short Film: Lilias Adie The 2021 Festival honorees include Rosanna Arquette (Icon Award), Winston Duke (Maverick Award), Regina Hall (Artist of Distinction Award), Harvey Keitel (Lifetime Achievement Award), Ray Liotta (Icon Award), Thomasin McKenzie (Breakout Performance Award), Simon Rex (Spotlight Award), Jeffrey Wright (Variety Legend and Groundbreaker Award). The event also featured Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch awards recognizing emerging talent in film and television. The list included Camille Cottin, Danielle Deadwyler, Leslie Grace, Moses Ingram, Emilia Jones, Jaden Michael, Justin H. Min, Angourie Rice, Filippo Scotti and Saniyya Sidney.