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The NDFF presents world-class documentaries in an intimate setting in Newburyport, MA.

Newburyport Documentary Film Festival

The Newburyport Documentary Film Festival (NDFF) is held every September along with year-round programs in Newburyport, MA, a small seaport city 40 minutes north of Boston.

Since 2004 we have been bringing the highest caliber documentary films to our community. In addition to weekend screenings at historic venues, we also hold filmmaker receptions, after-parties, panel discussions, Q&As, and workshops.

September’s festival features the YES Award – Young Emerging Filmmakers Showcase  — works by filmmakers who are current or recent graduates of higher education institutions.

Please see our past award winners of our festivals and stay up-to-date on our latest filmmakers interviews on YouTube.

The Newburyport Documentary Film Festival  (Newburyport Film Festival Inc) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. EIN 81-3196192.

Our Mission

WE are the filmmakers' film festival. Our objective is to present thought-provoking, high-caliber and entertaining documentary film to the vibrant cultural community of greater Newburyport.

WE BRING THE WORLD to the Clipper City by curating the best of documentary film. With each showcase, we encourage meaningful interaction with our neighbors about social issues, current and historic events, and sometimes the sheer delight of life on planet Earth.

MANY OF OUR FILM SCREENINGS are enhanced by intimate discussions with relevant experts and, whenever possible, the filmmakers themselves, providing our audiences with a unique immersive experience.


Joanne Morris
George Araneo
James Sullivan

Steve Cahill
Peter Carzasty

Ben Fundis
Rebecca Fundis
Sherry Moore
James Sullivan
We depend on your donations to keep our programs running
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Newburyport Film Festival, Inc.
PO Box 526
Newburyport, MA 01950

The Newburyport Documentary Film Festival is a
501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
EIN 81-3196192
Meet the filmmakers

Connect with Filmmakers

Connect with filmmakers at small-panel Q&A sessions, after-parties, workshops and panels.

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