'OCC Shorts' Stands Tall

College program celebrates 10 years at Newport Beach Film Festival

"The filmmakers are not that far removed from the students," observes Baker, who has attended many OCC parties. "The students learn about what it takes to make a film on their own, but the filmmakers get something out of it, too. They get to recapture that enthusiasm they had for the industry when they were students."

Because it's the 10th anniversary (and a boat was not available), the Film/Video Department hosts a post-showcase party on campus, with plans for shuttles from Newport Beach to Costa Mesa and back.

The faculty members are amazed at how NBFF has grown in the past decade. "It started small, and every year, it just gets bigger and bigger," Lazarus says. "It's internationally recognized as a top film festival."

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Details

"OCC Shorts" at the Newport Beach Film Festival, Regency Lido Theatre, 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach, (949) 253-2880. Sun., 1 p.m. $5. For tickets, visit newportbeachfilmfest.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=564354;.

For more information on the program, visit www.facebook.com/OCCShorts2013;.

And, of course, visit our Navel Gazing blog for more on the Newport Beach Film Festival.

Adds Broberg: "It's five minutes away, and it's like Sundance."

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