We had a very successful virtual festival in 2020 and our plan for 2021 is to hold a hybrid festival taking the best from both formats. Of course, if the situation changes we will revert back to virtual so be to keep checking.
The Newburyport Documentary Film Festival (NDFF) is held every September in a charming seaport village 40 minutes north of Boston. For 16 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 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.
-Blu Ray disc is the screening format. The festival requests DVD backup copies to accompany all exhibition formats.
-All submissions arriving via mail post must be in DVD region 1 or 0 format NTSC
-Foreign language films must be made available with English subtitles.
-For 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.