About us

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 archive of documentary films 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.

NDFF History

  • The first all-documentary film festival in MA
  • We have screened over 300 films
  • Annual event each September
  • Year-round programming
Meet the filmmakers

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 NDFF

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

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