About us

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

NDF History

  • The FIRST all-documentary film festival in MA
  • We have screened over 300 films
  • We are in our 13th season
  • Annual event each September
  • All-year programming

Joanne Morris, Executive Director NDF

Joanne Morris has led the growth of the NDF over the past ten years. The NDF brings amazing films covering a wide range of topics to the North Shore community. 

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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