Launched in 1999, the Newport Beach Film Festival is celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the United States. Annually presenting over 350 films from over 35 countries, the Festival has featured many acclaimed motion pictures, including the U.S. premiere of the 2006 Academy Award Best Picture winner Crash.

An Evening of Disney Animation

Taking place Wednesday April 29, 2009 at 7:30 pm is a rare opportunity to hear from some of the great storytellers at Disney Feature Animation. Excerpted from the Newport Beach Film Festival’s site:

Our first Evening of Disney Animation Rarities was a standing-room only success in 2008. So on the occasion of the festival’s 10th anniversary we are privileged to once again offer a very special night of Disney film magic. Join Academy Award nominated film producer Don Hahn and Disney director/producer David Bossert from The Walt Disney Studios for an equally unforgettable evening as they present a collection of rarely seen Disney animated treasures. Audiences can look forward to seeing seldom screened films such as the 1982 stop-motion animated short Vincent (directed by a young Tim Burton), a collection of vintage World War II era cartoons, plus a few surprises and sneak previews.

Don Hahn is a legend to the fans of Disney animation producer the likes of shorts and features from Disney Feature Animation. David Bossert is an incredibly gifted artist/animator with an incredible list of accomplishments at Disney and beyond.

It looks to be an incredible evening. Tickets are available through the festival’s site and cost $20.00 – since it was SRO last year, I would get your tickets today.