Submit a Film

Seeking filmmaker submissions!

Film Selection is Now Open

We proudly accept entries via, the world's best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more.

The 2019 NDFF took place September 13-15. The NDFF presents world-class documentaries in an intimate setting in Newburyport, MA. Programming includes screenings, filmmaker receptions, Q&A panels, after-parties and workshops. Our audience loves to interact with filmmakers. Filmmakers traveling to MA receive two nights lodging.

What we need from film makers:

We will screen films in Blu-Ray format


  • 2 Blu-ray disks (deadline September 1, 2019 to allow for complete on-site testing )
  • 1 DVD for the assigned film advocate
  • Access to downloadable MP4 version from which we can create an ISO file for emergency/replacement backup

We are able to create 2 Blu-ray disks from online MP4 for a fee of $25. Please contact us asap – we have limited production capabilities

Promotional Items

Any film-related website and social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), plus subject matter or hashtags that can be used to promote the film

Any promotional materials that you would like to have distributed around town (posters, postcards)

Film trivia/news/stories that can be used at preview / promotion events and social media postings. Examples include:

  • Production time-frame (we know these films can take a long time)
  • Origin of the vision behind the film (what prompted you to start the project?) 
  • Location selection (where did you film?) 
  • Production hiccups (any missteps or semi-disasters)
  • Character development (did any characters assume a more critical role?)
  • Local interest (anything that might tweak interest with a New England audience/newspaper)

Swag: a simple handout that can be used for trivia contests in promotional events, e.g., a mug, hat, or t-shirt

Other Factors

Are you a first-time filmmaker?

Would this be a New England/World/U.S. premiere?

Do you have New England ties?

Will you be attending the festival?

Awards & Prizes

We recognize Best Feature, Best Short, Best New England Film, First-Time Filmmaker, the Audience Award, and the David Kleiler Cinephile Award. See our awards from last year.