Hello filmmakers,

We had a very successful hybrid festival in 2021 and our plan for 2022 is to hold our in-person festival once again.

NBPTDocuFest Team

The Newburyport Documentary Film Festival (NDFF) is held every September in a charming seaport village 40 minutes north of Boston. For 17 years we have been committed to bringing the highest caliber documentary films to our community. In addition to screenings all weekend at two historic venues, we also hold filmmaker receptions, after-parties, panel discussions, Q&As and workshops. Most of the filmmakers attend and our audience loves to meet them! We provide two nights lodging at a local B&B and go out of our way to keep you well-fed. Films will also be available in a virtual format to extend our geographic reach.

NDFF has six awards:
Best Feature
Best Short
Best New England film (either the crew has ties to New England or the subject matter is related to New England)
Best First Time Filmmaker
David Kleiler Cinephile Award
Audience Award (audience-selected)
While we are unable to provide financial prizes, the bragging rights are priceless!

The filmmaker has read and understood the rules and regulations and to the best of their knowledge, all statements are true. The filmmaker is duly authorized to submit this film to the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival.
- Upon submission, the filmmaker consents to allowing their screener material to be shared in its entirety with appropriate Newburyport Documentary Film Festival staff, including programming staff, volunteer screeners, and other appropriate members of staff; shared with press outlets in efforts to secure press for the film; with final jury members; and with select individuals representing community partners who may be interested in supporting the film’s screening or taking part in a panel or Q&A associated with the film.
-The festival is hereby also granted the right to utilize image(s) and/or biographical information of the filmmakers for promotional purposes. The festival reserves the right to fill in any information not supplied by the filmmaker from whatever source available and will not be responsible if incorrect information is entered.
- It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to secure authorization for any copyrighted material that may be used in the film. The filmmaker shall indemnify and hold harmless Newburyport Documentary Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.
- Films should be completed no earlier than October 1, 2019
- By submitting, the filmmaker expressly acknowledges and agrees that they shall be bound by the terms of this agreement.
-If your film is accepted, you'll be asked to provide digital press materials that include a short 30 word synopsis, filmmaker credits, high resolution digital photos and a trailer.
-The screening format and all technical requirements will be shared in the acceptance letter sent to those filmmakers whose films have been delected.
-Foreign language films must be made available with English subtitles.
-or international submissions outside the U.S., filmmakers must write on the package: "NO commercial value - for cultural purposes only."
NDFF is not responsible for customs fees and other charges.
-Submitters of accepted films agree to pay for shipping the exhibition copy of their film to NDFF to arrive to the festival by the date requested by the technical team, usually three weeks prior to the festival. NDFF covers return shipping of accepted films' exhibition copies and backup materials only. NDFF does not return marketing materials such as posters or postcards after the conclusion of the festival.
-All entry fees paid are non-refundable.

Overall Rating
  • Really amazing experience. Festival was super communicative and supportive. Panel discussion was fun and engaging as well.

    September 2021
  • Iqbal Barkat

    A superb festival. Really responsive and helpful. I met a few of the organisers (online) and they were great, warm cinephiles. Hope to attend in person if my next doco get accepted. A big thank you.

    September 2021
  • Joanne, Terry, James and the rest of the Newburyport Doc Fest team did an amazing job putting together a virtual festival this year. They went above and beyond to make this the best experience for filmmakers as possible. They were even kind enough to set up an additional one-on-one interview with me and my film's subjects to share and promote the film prior to our screening. I will definitely be submitting again in the future!

    September 2020
  • Newburyport is classy. We were in the class of 2020, and as a director, I loved Newburyport, despite Covid19. Joanne, James, Terry, and all the festivals organizers, worked hard to make the festival memorable. To be sure, I would have preferred to be with everyone, including my team at Newburyport, but I loved the virtual experience. Newburyport did the festival and the films right. The selection of feature had short films was fantastic, and I appreciated being among such wonderful filmmakers. What a great festival.

    September 2020
  • Michele Citoni

    It was, at the same time, one of my first virtual festival experience (due to the Covid-19 emergency) and one of the most interesting and rewarding festivals I have ever participated in. It's a pleasure, and really useful for filmmakers, to participate in festivals when they are done so well, with care and professionalism, in a fully international dimension even if local, with the feeling that people are interested in you. Sincere thanks to Joanne Morris, James Sullivan, Terry Golesworthy and all the staff.

    September 2020