NBPT Docu Fest

Newburyport Documentary Film Festival

In addition to our year-round programs, our 2018 festival will be September 14-16. We present world-class documentaries in an intimate scale in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Thought-provoking Films

Bringing the best of documentary films to Newburyport, MA

Some of the last 2018 Festival Films

Enjoy World Caliber Films in Scenic Newburyport

Every September we invite you to share in the NDF experience. Our charming seaport village is forty minutes north of Boston.

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Latest News and Special Events

After an incredible weekend filled with so many amazing films, we have made a decisions on which film's have been awarded best Feature, Short, New-England Film, First-Time Filmmaker, Audience Award, and Special Jury Cinephile Award.

Local filmmaker Fiona Turner will screen a film currently in production Eat Up which looks at nutrition in Boston Public Schools.

A collaboration between the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival and RAW Art Works. Five student-created short films will screen with an audience Q&A after each one. The best film will be selected by Erin Trahan, one of the festival judges, and will be announced at the close of the event!

On Tuesday, August 21, come to the second floor of the Grog to a first-hand glimpse at the film line-up for this year’s festival!

Please support the NBPT Doc Fest by simply eating dinner at Loretta on August 14th! A portion of the food sales will be donated to the festival to offset our costs.

Summer soiree on June 23 to feature local entertainment and refreshments

Mayor Donna Holaday and the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and Industry helped celebrate the start of a new beginning for the Film Festival.

What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr.

A quirky, engaging film that asks: Will eating insects save our Earth? We follow Nordic Food Labs as they forage, farm, cook and taste insects with communities in Europe, Australia, Mexico, Kenya, Japan and beyond.

Our venues

The Firehouse Center for the Arts

The Firehouse Center for the Arts is adjacent to Newburyport's scenic waterfront park. The Firehouse Center is a hallmark for local culture and arts. Programming is broad-based, and includes dance, music, theater, and art.

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Newburyport Screening Room

The Screening Room is Newburyport’s gem of a cinema. This 99-seat theater has been running reels nightly since 1982. The Screening Room is one of the only places on the North Shore that shows independent and foreign films.

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Newburyport Public Library

The Newburyport Public Library occupies a historic federal mansion in downtown Newburyport. The Tracy Mansion has an impressive history of early guests including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams.

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