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Film Series Event at the Newburyport Firehouse for the Arts


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World-Class Documentary Events & Programs Year-Round

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Throughout the year you can also enjoy documentaries from home through THE WATCH CLUB. It is like a book club but with films.  We will suggest a documentary to view online through a streaming channel and then join us on YouTube for a live online interview, Q&A with a filmmaker.


Every Month

Celebrating our 20th year, the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival is pleased to partner with the City of Newburyport Resiliency Committee to present an evening with two films that address the climate crisis as it affects our community. 

This program will take place Sunday, April 28 at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport. Reception begins at 6pm. Film screening at 7pm. Tickets $18-20. The filmmakers will be present with a post-screening Q&A!

*Film Series Event*

April 28 @ 6:00 pm

We kicked off our 20th season by taking our show on the road! INUNDATION DISTRICT is the latest film from Boston Globe environmental reporter David Abel.

This event was on Saturday, January 20 at the Modern Theatre, 525 Washington St., Boston. 

Our Film series held throughout the year is a curated collection of films sharing a theme or style.  

*Film Series Event*

Special Free Event

Our Preveiw event is held each year before our festival. This popular event unveils the festival's year line-up for the NBPT Documentary Film Festival. Includes a social hour and usually a filmmaker as a special guest with a Q&A.

Venue: Firehouse Center for the Arts

Preview Event

August 22

Our festival event is held over a three-day period with screenings of features and short-form films.  Audience members are included in intimate discussions with the filmmakers and relevant experts providing the audience with a unique immersive experience.

Venues:  The Screening Room, and The Firehouse Center for the Arts

Festival Event

Sept 20 - 22

Our visiting filmmakers engage in a moderated discussion and a Q&A about the art, craft and business of documentary filmmaking in our round-table event every festival  that is open to the public.

Venue: TBD

Round-Table Event


The YES event(Young Emerging Filmmakers) honors emerging filmmakers, presenting films by recent graduates from colleges and universities. A $1000 first-place prize is awarded to an outstanding individual for their contribution to the cinematic landscape.

Venue: The Screening Room, Newburyport at 3 PM.

Submission deadline is June 7, 2024

YES Event

September 20

Filmmakers who are currently in production on their latestest documentaries meet and show a short segemnt of ther film. We have a lively disscussion about what works and ideas to improve.

Venue: TBD

Work in Progress



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