13th Annual

Newburyport Documentary Film Festival

September 14, 2018 to September 16, 2018

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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.


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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Jesslyn Sullivan (Secretary); Joanne Morris (President)


Welcome to the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival. The festival will take place on September 14-16, 2018 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 2016 to be eligible.

Best Feature Documentary (over 50 minutes in length)

Best 6 Short Documentary (under 50 minutes in length)

Best New England for a film of any length judged to be the best production by regional filmmaker(s) or best film with New England as its subject.

Best First-Time Film Award for the best film of any length judged to be the best production by a first-time filmmaker.

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, 2018 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 two All Access Festival Passes. Local hospitality including lodging will be available for out of state 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.

I authorize free production of stills and short clips.