11th Annual

Newburyport Documentary Film Festival

September 16, 2016 to September 18, 2016

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Newburyport MA 01950
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Documentary Feature
Newburyport Documentary Film Festival welcomes feature length (50 minutes or more) documentary films, from all over the world. We do have a special award for New England films.
Documentary Short
Newburyport Documentary Film Festival welcomes short (under 50 minutes) documentary films, from all over the world. We do have a special prize for local, New England Films....


The Newburyport Documentary Film Festival is a three-day celebration of non-fiction visual storytelling. That sounds kind of fancy -- we want to show good films about real people, places, and events. Showcasing films produced nearby, across the country, and across the globe, the festival invites filmmakers and film lovers to come together in appreciation of stories with a distinct point of view.


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Joanne Morris (Managing Director)


Welcome to the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival. The festival will take place on September 16-18, 2016 at a variety of venues in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Newburyport is 45 minutes north of Boston on the seacoast.

The competitive event is open to non-fiction films of all styles, genres, and lengths. Films must have been completed/released after October 2014 to be eligible.

Best of 2016 Feature Documentary (over 50 minutes in length)

Best of 2016 Short Documentary (under 50 minutes in length)

Best of the Northeast (Open to New England filmmakers only.) Given to one film of any length judged to be the best production by regional filmmaker(s).

NDFF Audience Award
Given to one film chosen by audience ballot.

Entrants who have their film selected for screening at the Festival will be notified by August 1, 2016 by email or phone.

Any non-English entries must be subtitled in English.

Preview tapes and DVDs will not be returned.

Attending the Festival
We welcome all entering filmmakers and distributors to attend the Festival. All selected filmmakers will receive an All Access Festival Pass. Local hospitality may be available for filmmakers as well.


The entrant (filmmaker, distributor, or media artist) expressly represents that he or she is authorized to enter the work in the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival (NDFF) and the work contains no violations of copyright law, U. S. or foreign, and that it also contains no material which could result in torts claims, royalty claims, claims for breach of contract, or claims of any other sort whatsoever. The entrant hereby agrees to indemnify the NDFF, Aloft Group, Firehouse Center for the Arts, or any of the festival sponsors against claims of any whatsoever by third parties as a result of the festival's showing the work. If a claim arises in connection with the exhibition of the work, the entrant will bear any and all the costs of defense incurred by NDFF and pay any award of damages which may ensue. The entrant will also reimburse NDFF for any attorney/legal fees incurred in connection with the defense of such claim. If litigation shall arise between these parties concerning the foregoing, the prevailing party shall be entitled to an award of reasonable attorney fees incurred at trial and on appeal. Entrant authorizes NDFF to screen the entered work (if selected) at the preferred festival venues in Newburyport, Massachusetts, September 2014.

I authorize free production of stills and short clips.