Get Ready for the 2019 Festival -- Film Submissions Are Open

Get Ready for the 2019 Festival -- Film Submissions Are Open

The Newburyport Documentary Film Festival is held every September in a charming seaport village 40 minutes north of Boston. For 14 years we have been committed to bringing the highest caliber documentary films to our community. In addition to screenings all weekend at two historic venues, we also hold filmmaker receptions, after-parties, panel discussions, Q&As and workshops. Most of the filmmakers attend and our audience loves to meet them! We provide two nights lodging at a local B&B and go out of our way to keep you well-fed.

NDFF has five awards:
Best Feature
Best Short
Best New England film (either the crew has ties to New England or the subject matter is related to New England)
Best First Time Filmmaker
Audience Award
While we are unable to provide financial prizes, the bragging rights are priceless!

Key Dates

  • February 5, 2019 - Opening Date
  • April 15, 2019 - Early Bird Deadline
  • May 10, 2019 - Regular Deadline
  • June 1, 2019 - Late Deadline
  • June 30, 2019 - Extended Deadline
  • August 1, 2019 - Notification Date
  • September 13 –15,- Event Date

Visit The submission page