About us

The NDF presents world-class documentaries in an intimate scale in Newburyport, MA.

Newburyport Documentary Film Festival

The Newburyport Documentary Film Festival (NDF) is held every September along with year-round programs in a Newburyport, MA, a small seaport city 40 minutes north of Boston. For over 14 years we have been committed to bringing the highest caliber documentary films to our community. In addition to screenings all weekend at historic venues, we also hold filmmaker receptions, after-parties, panel discussions, Q&As, and workshops. Please see our archive of documentary films and stay up to date on our latest news and events to learn more about the NDF.

NDF History

  • The first all-documentary film festival in MA
  • We have screened over 300 films
  • We are in our 14th season
  • Annual event each September
  • All-year programming
Our Mission
Our objective is to offer a high quality immersive experience in our unique, charming riverside
town at which experienced documentary enthusiasts and first-time attendees can interact freely
and easily with film-makers, experts and one another.
Meet the film makers

Connect with Filmmakers

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

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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Our venues

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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Our venues

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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Get involved, sponsor NDF

The Newburyport Documentary Film Festival offers year-round benefits to our sponsor and much love and admiration from the community.

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