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  • YES Film Submissions | NBPT DOCU FEST

    Y oung Emerging Showcase YES Film Submissions NBPT DOCU FEST FESTIVAL Submit a Film YES Film Submissions Festival Archive Awards Home PROGRAMS Events Watch Club Archive SUPPORT Sponsors Volunteer Donate ABOUT About Us Plan Your Visit YES (Young Emerging-Filmmakers Showcase) celebrates new and emerging filmmakers. The program features films showcasing the work of current and recent graduates from colleges and universities as perhaps their first opportunity to present finished work to the general public. Award finalists attend and participate in Festival activities, including a filmmaker's roundtable in September. A first-place prize of $1000.00 is awarded to one individual helping to fuel the winner’s next creative endeavor. Rules & Eligibility: Entries are limited to either current students or recent graduates up to three years post-degree. All entries are non-fiction or documentary in nature and execution. The Film should be no less than 5 minutes and no more than 25 minutes in duration. The Submission deadline is June 7, 2024 ‍ Please fill out the form below and click Submit. We look forward to reviewing your submissions. First and Last Name* Email* Phone Number* School Name* Graduation Year & Degree* If currently a student, status level Film Name* URL Location of Film for Viewing* URL Location to Download* Film Duration* Description of Film* How did you hear abut YES* Submit YES Film Submissions for 2024 Finalists for the 2023 YES Award GET OUR NEWSLETTER Receive Our Latest News Join our mailing list for announcements, ticket sales, special events, monthly documentary recommendations and year-round programs. JOIN OUR MAILING LIST

  • About Us | NBPT DOCU FEST

    2024 Festival September Our 20th year! NBPT DOCU FEST About Us FESTIVAL Submit a Film YES Film Submissions Festival Archive Awards Home PROGRAMS Events Watch Club Archive SUPPORT Sponsors Volunteer Donate ABOUT About Us Plan Your Visit Newburyport Documentary Film Festival The Newburyport Documentary Film Festival (NDFF) is held every September, with additional year-round programs, in Newburyport, MA, a destination 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 past award winners of our festivals and stay up to date on our latest filmmaker interviews on YouTube. ​ We are the filmmakers' film festival. Our objective is to present thought-provoking, high-caliber, and entertaining documentary films 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. ‍ Our Mission Our History In 2004, the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival (NDFF) had its humble beginnings with founder Michelle Fino at the helm. Fino's vision was clear - to showcase the best in documentary films, setting the stage for what would become a significant cultural event. The festival's identity underwent several transformations in its early years. From its inception as the Northern Lights Documentary Film Festival, it evolved into the Newburyport Film Society, later becoming the Newburyport Film Festival. Finally, in 2018, the festival officially adopted the name "NBPT DOCU FEST." While "Northern Lights" was a title that resonated, the festival embraced the preference of its supporters, media, and community, officially adopting the moniker "Newburyport Documentary Film Festival" to emphasize the importance of a sense of place. Contributing to the festival's journey were two key figures: Lois Smith and David Kleiler. Lois Smith, a board director, brought her expertise as an entertainment publicist, having represented luminaries including Marilyn Monroe, Martin Scorsese, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Whitney Houston, Warren Beatty, and Liza Minnelli. David Kleiler, co-founder of the Boston Underground Film Festival, played a pivotal role in the nonprofit Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation's founding, contributing significantly to the rescue of the theater. We honored Kleiler's legacy by establishing the David Kleiler Award after his passing in 2019. In 2011, Michelle Fino departed from her role, paving the way for the appointment of a new executive director, Joanne Morris Biggio, who has since led the festival. The festival's commitment to its mission was further solidified in June 2016 when it transitioned into a nonprofit organization, ensuring its sustainability and impact. The challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 did not deter the NDFF. The 16th annual festival persisted in a virtual format, leveraging platforms like Eventive to continue bringing exceptional documentaries to its audience. Over its rich history, the festival has showcased a remarkable 300+ films. With two venues to present films, the NDFF has created a unique space for interaction between filmmakers and the audience. Dubbed the "Filmmakers'Festival," this aspect of the event emphasizes the importance of fostering connections and dialogue within the filmmaking community. The Newburyport Documentary Film Festival stands as a testament to the power of storytelling and the enduring spirit of those committed to the art of documentary filmmaking. BOARD OF DIRECTORS George Araneo | Treasurer Laura Azevedo Anne Crays Mark Davis Joanne Morris | Executive Director James Sullivan | Program Director ​ ​ COMMITTEE MEMBERS Michael Azevedo Kari Bernard Steve Cahill Peter Carzasty Leanne Cavallaro Anne Crays Becca Fundis Ben Fundis Brian Greenberg Sharon Kennedy Sherry Moore ‍ SELECTION COMMITTEE Mark Davis Rebecca Fundis Sherry Moore James Sullivan ​ ​ FUNDRAISING/DIRECTOR Anne Crays | Community Relations ​ ​ Kari Bernard | Event Planning Steve Cahill | Technical Director Michelle Fino | Founder Jay McCarthy | Event Photographer ‍ GET OUR NEWSLETTER Receive Our Latest News Join our mailing list for announcements, ticket sales, special events, monthly documentary recommendations and year-round programs. JOIN OUR MAILING LIST

  • Ethics | NBPT DOCU FEST

    NBPT DOCU FEST Code of Ethics & Bylaws FESTIVAL Submit a Film YES Film Submissions Festival Archive Awards Home PROGRAMS Events Watch Club Archive SUPPORT Sponsors Volunteer Donate ABOUT About Us Plan Your Visit NDFF's Charity Registration Search for NDFF Filings Use NDFF's Employer Identification Number (EIN) 81-3196192 to search for NDFF's filings. Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General Code of Ethics ​ We, as volunteers of the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival (staff and board members) dedicate ourselves to carrying out the mission of this organization. We will do the following: 1. Recognize that the chief function of the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival (NDFF) at all times is to serve the best interests of our constituency. 2. Accept as a personal duty the responsibility to keep up to date on emerging issues and to conduct ourselves with professional competence, fairness, impartiality, efficiency, and effectiveness. 3. Respect the structure and responsibilities of the board, provide them with facts and advice as a basis for their making policy decisions, and uphold and implement policies adopted by the board. 4. Keep the community informed about issues affecting it. 5. Conduct our organizational and operational duties with positive leadership exemplified by open communication, creativity, dedication, and compassion. 6. Exercise whatever discretionary authority we have under the law to carry out the mission of the organization. 7. Serve with respect, concern, courtesy, and responsiveness in carrying out the organization’s mission. 8. Demonstrate the highest standards of personal integrity, truthfulness, honesty, and fortitude in all our activities in order to inspire confidence and trust in our activities. 9. Avoid any interest or activity that is in conflict with the conduct of our official duties. 10. Respect and protect privileged information to which we have access in the course of our official duties. 11. Strive for personal and professional excellence and encourage the professional developments of others. BYLAWS OF the Newburyport Film Festival, Inc. Commonwealth of Massachusetts ​ BACKGROUND: The name of this non-profit organization: Newburyport Film Festival, Inc. (aka Newburyport Documentary Film Festival, NBPTDocuFest or NDFF). This organization is organized in accordance with the General Law of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Title XXII, Chapter 180, as amended. The organization has not been formed for the purposes of making profit or obtaining personal financial gain. The assets and income of this organization shall not be distributed to or for the benefit of the trustees, directors, or any other officers. The assets and income shall only be used to promote non-profit purposes as described below. Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to prohibit the payment of a modest and reasonable compensation to employees and contractors for services provided for the benefit of the organization. This organization shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried out by a non-profit organization exempt from federal income tax. The organization shall not endorse any candidate or contribute to or work for or otherwise support or oppose any candidate for public office. This organization has been created exclusively for purposes subsequent to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. PURPOSE: 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. ARTICLE I. MEETINGS Annual Meetings. An annual meeting shall be held once every calendar year for the purposes of electing officers, directors and transaction of such other business as may properly come before the meeting. The annual meeting shall be held at the time and place designated by the Board of Directors and shall be open to all officers, directors and committee members. Unless it falls on a holiday or otherwise is designated by the Board of Directors via written notice, the officers/directors shall meet for their annual meeting on the first Monday in February each year. If this date falls on a holiday, the Board shall select an alternate date and send an electronic notice Revision .6 February 2, 2021, 1 of 9 at least two weeks in advance of the meeting. The quorum will be determined when full membership is established. The following orders of business shall be addressed during the annual meeting unless decided otherwise by the Board of Directors via written notice: • Election of new directors • Reviewing the annual report • Reconciling the balance sheet • Any other transaction of such other business as may be properly brought before the meeting. ​ Regular Meetings. Regular meetings shall be held monthly in order to address ongoing operations which fall under the purview of BOD members. Regular meetings are held on the first Monday of the month and may be suspended as determined by the Executive Director a minimum of 48 hours in advance. ​ Special Meetings. Special meetings may be requested by the Board of Directors. A special meeting of members is not required to be held at a geographic location if the meeting is held by means of teleconference or another form of electronic communications in a manner pursuant to which all members have the chance to read and/or hear the proceedings substantially concurrent with the occurrence of the proceedings, raise points on matters submitted to the members, pose questions, and make comments. ​ Notice. The following amount of written notice of all regular meetings shall be provided under this section or as otherwise required by law: one month. The following amount of written notice of special meetings shall be provided under this section or as otherwise required by law: 48 hours. The notice shall include the date, hour, and location of the meeting and, if for a special meeting, the purpose of the meeting; no other business shall be covered. Such notice shall be deemed effective when sent by ordinary U.S. mail, properly addressed, with paid postage or by electronic mail with return receipt requested. Quorum. A quorum of the Directors shall be the following: 66.6% In the absence of a quorum, a majority of the directors may delay and reschedule the meeting to another time without further notice. If a quorum is represented at a rescheduled meeting, any business may be transacted that might have been transacted at the meeting as originally scheduled. The directors present at a meeting represented by a quorum may continue to transact business until adjournment, even if the withdrawal of some directors results in a representation of less than a quorum. Revision .6 February 2, 2021 2 of 9 ARTICLE II. BOARD OF DIRECTORS and OFFICERS All members of the Board shall be identified as “directors”. Role of Directors. The Board of Directors shall be responsible for having the authority of managing the affairs of the Nonprofit directly and/or by delegation. The Board of Directors is not compensated. Number of Directors. The organization shall be managed by a Board of Directors consisting of 5-11 directors, three of whom are also officers. The remaining members will serve as At-Large Directors (voting). There may be an Advisory Director (non- voting). Two or more offices may be held by one person. Number of Officers. The Officers of the organization shall be as follows: an Executive Director; a Secretary, and a Treasurer. Two or more offices may be held by one person. The Executive Director may not concurrently serve in another position. ​ Officer Roles. The Officers shall have the following responsibilities in their roles: ​ Executive Director -- The Executive Director shall develop agendas and preside over all meetings of the Board of Directors, sign all corporate documents unless they delegate that responsibility to another Officer, and direct the process of the creation and implementation of resolutions. ​ Secretary -- The Secretary shall provide notice of any and all meetings to the Board of Directors, keep an updated list of the membership of the Board of Directors, keep and organize minutes for all regular and special meetings, and certify and arrange the official records of the organization. ​ Treasurer -- The Treasurer shall be responsible for conducting the organization's financial affairs as directed by the Board of Directors and shall prepare and present reports regarding the organization’s finances as required, but no less often than at the annual meeting of the Board of Directors. The Treasurer will have signature authority as does the Executive Director. Election and Term of Office. There will be a call for nominations each year in November to all officers, directors, committee members, and volunteer members. At closure of the nomination process, the current BOD will deliberate and create a new slate of officers/directors to be voted on at the Annual Meeting. The new slate shall be presented for a majority vote at the annual meeting. Each officer/director shall serve a three year term with the ability to run again when the term expires, or until and unless a successor has been elected and qualified. Revision .6 February 2, 2021 3 of 9 Timeline: • November: the BOD establishes a volunteer base to participate in the process. • November: call for nominations to the volunteer base. • December 31st: Nominations are closed. The BOD (acting as a nominating committee) creates a slate of officers and presents it to the BOD, Steering Committee, and select volunteers for vote on the slate of officers at the Annual Meeting. ​ Quorum. A quorum of the Directors shall be the following: 66.6%. Regular Meetings. After their election, the Board of Directors shall commence monthly, operational meetings for the purpose of electing its new officers, appointing new committee chairpersons, and for transacting such other business as may be deemed appropriate. The Board of Directors may cancel, by resolution, regular meetings without notice other than the notice provided by the resolution. Special Meetings. Special meetings may be requested by any member of the Board of Directors. A special meeting may be requested by providing 48 hours written notice by United States mail or electronic mail with return receipt requested, effective when sent. Minutes of the meeting shall be sent to the Board of Directors within 48 hours after the meeting. A special meeting of members is not required to be held at a geographic location if the meeting is held by means of the internet or other electronic communication in a manner pursuant to which all members have the opportunity to read and/or hear the proceedings substantially concurrent with the occurrence of the proceedings, note on matters submitted to the members, pose questions, and make comments. ​ Procedures. The vote of a majority of the Directors present at a properly called meeting as dictated by these Bylaws at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board of Directors unless the vote of a greater number is required by law or by these Bylaws for a particular resolution. A Director of the organization who is present at a meeting of the Board of Directors at which action on any matter before the BOD is taken shall be presumed to have assented to the action taken unless their dissent shall be entered in the minutes of the meeting. Revision .6 February 2, 2021 4 of 9 The Board shall keep written minutes of its proceedings as long as the content is material (generally three years). The minutes will include, at the least, names of all members present, resolutions proposed and voted upon, and any Director abstentions or objections to resolutions. Parliamentary procedure will be employed using “Robert’s Rules of Order”. Vacancies and Removals. A Director shall be subjected to removal, with or without cause, at a meeting called for that purpose. Any vacancy that occurs on the Board of Directors, whether by death, resignation, removal, or any other reason, may be filled by a majority vote of the remaining Directors. A Director elected to fill a vacancy shall serve the remaining term of their predecessor or until a successor has been elected and qualified. If all Directors resign or are removed, any Officer shall hold a special meeting for the purpose of electing a new Director or Board of Directors. If this does not occur, the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival is to be dissolved (see Article V). ​ Resignation. If a Director wishes to resign from their directorial position, they shall do so in the following manner: • Two months written notice shall be provided allowing time to solicit nominations. • A special meeting will be scheduled to confirm a replacement. Committees. To the extent permitted by Massachusetts law, the Board of Directors may appoint from its members a committee or committees, temporary or permanent, and designate the duties, powers, and authorities of such committees. The committees shall have a specific purpose and the Board of Directors, in creating a committee, shall outline the parameters of the committee, including, but not limited to, meetings, notice, quorum requirements, and all other pertinent procedures. ARTICLE III. TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ​ Budget. The Board should assure that a realistic annual budget is set and that it is developed early enough that the entire board can be involved in its review and approval at the beginning of the fiscal year. ​ Accounting. The Board should assure that the NDFF has adequate internal accounting systems and controls, and should consider requiring Board action on large or especially significant contracts or grants, and on all transactions involving real estate, borrowing, or sale/disposal of large assets. Board members should expect the treasurer to produce income/expense statement, balance sheets and/or budget status reports as required. Revision .6 February 2, 2021 5 of 9 Spending Guidelines Financial Filings. Upon request, the NDFF commits to providing copies of the most recently filed annual information returns (IRS Form 990) and the organization's application for tax-exemption correspondence between the organization and the IRS related to the application. ​ Documentation Retention. Foundational documentation (Bylaws, Mission Statements, etc.) is kept as permanent records being amended over time as required. The reporting of our BOD will be retained for as long as the contents are material (generally three years) consistent with Massachusetts Non-profit requirements (830 CMR 62C.25.1). ​ Documentation Disposition. Informal documentation can be scrapped and recycled. Formal documentation (policy and contract documentation, grant proposals, budget and financial statements) shall be shredded; deleted if electronic. ​ Relationships. The NDFF utilizes practices that demonstrate accountability and respect for donors (thank-you notes, donation visibility when as requested, etc.). Before committing to spend money via signing a vendor contract, submitting an invoice, or proceeding with payment via credit card: Spending Threshold Action < $100 Contact treasurer if you have any questions; otherwise, proceed with spending. $100 to <$500 Discuss (phone, text, email) with treasurer the nature of the expense and amount to confirm spending is planned within budget. $500 and greater Discuss (phone, text, email) with treasurer the nature of the expense and amount to confirm spending is planned within budget. Seek BOD approval even if within the approved budget. Executive Director - unplanned discretionary spending Discuss (phone, text or email) with treasurer the nature of the expense, the rationale for spending. The Executive Directors can commit to a maximum of $250 in unbudgeted discretionary spending no more than four times within the fiscal year, Without seeking be BOD approval. After spending is committed: Spending threshold Action All amounts Submit invoice to treasurer for check payment; provide any related documentation. ​ If an NDFF credit card purchase or a personal reimbursable expense, provide treasurer with all receipts and any related documentation. Revision .6 February 2, 2021 6 of 9 Conflict of Interest. The NDFF directors, officers and volunteers must recuse themselves when they have a conflict of interest regarding a transaction over which they have authority on behalf of the NDFF and are intent on preventing any business agents or volunteers from advancing their own personal interests with or against the interests of the NDFF. ​ Procedure. • When an actual conflict of interest is found, any transactions that may have been affected will be reviewed retroactively and affected parties both within and outside the NDFF will be notified. ​ • As all conflicts of interest will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, a review may result in disciplinary action. The Board of Directors has full discretion to deem what disciplinary action is both fitting and necessary, including removal from any NDFF position. ​ Whistleblower Policy. The NDFF Requires directors, officers and volunteers to observe high standards of business and personal ethics in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities and comply with all applicable laws and regulations. ​ Reporting responsibility: This Whistleblower Policy is intended to enable board members and volunteers to raise serious concerns internally so that the NDFF can address inappropriate conduct. It is the responsibility of all board members, officers, and volunteers to report concerns about violations of the NDFF’s code of ethics or suspected violations of law or regulations that govern the NDFF’s operations. ​ No Retaliation: It is contrary to the values of the NDFF for anyone to retaliate against any board member or volunteer who in good faith reports an ethics violation, or a suspected violation of law. ​ Reporting Procedure: The NDFF has an open door policy and suggests that volunteers share their questions, concerns, suggestions or complaints in writing with the identified Compliance Officer. ​ Compliance Officer: The NDFF’s Compliance Officer is responsible for ensuring that all complaints about unethical or illegal conduct are investigated and resolved. The Compliance Officer will advise the Board of Directors of all complaints and their resolution. Accounting and Auditing Matters: The NDFF’s Compliance Officer shall immediately notify the Board of Directors of any concerns or complaints regarding corporate accounting practices, internal controls or auditing and work with the committee until the matter is resolved. Revision .6 February 2, 2021 7 of 9 Confidentiality: Violations or suspected violations may be submitted on a confidential basis by the complainant. Reports of violations or suspected violations will be kept confidential to the extent possible, consistent with the need to conduct an adequate investigation. ​ Handling of Reported Violations: The NDFF’s Compliance Officer will notify the person who submitted a complaint and acknowledge receipt of the reported violation or suspected violation. All reports will be promptly investigated and appropriate corrective action will be taken if warranted by the investigation. Compliance Officer: The Compliance Officer may be a board member, the Executive Director, or a third party designated by the organization to receive, investigate and respond to complaints. ARTICLE IV. AMENDING BYLAWS Amendment Procedure. The Bylaws may be amended, altered, or repealed by the Board of Directors by a majority of a quorum vote at any regular or special meeting. The full text of the proposed change shall be distributed to all board members at least fourteen (14) days before the meeting where the change is to be voted on. ARTICLE V. DISSOLUTION Dissolution Procedure. The organization may be dissolved only with the authorization of the Board of Directors given a special meeting called for that express purpose and with the subsequent approval of a supermajority (2/3rds) vote of the members. ​ Liabilities. All liabilities and obligations shall be paid, satisfied, and discharged, or adequate provisions shall be made, therefore. ​ Distribution of Assets. Assets not held upon a condition requiring return, transfer, or conveyance to any other organization or individual shall be distributed, transferred, or conveyed, in trust or otherwise, to a charitable and educational organization, organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, of a similar or like nature to this organization, as determined by the Board of Directors. Revision .6 February 2, 2021 8 of 9 CERTIFICATION I, ______________________, Executive Director of Newburyport Documentary Film Festival certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the Bylaws of the above- named organization, duly adopted by the Initial Board of Directors on ______________. _________________________________ Executive Director I, _______________________, Secretary of Newburyport Documentary Film Festival certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the Bylaws of the above-named organization, duly adopted by the Initial Board of Directors on ______________. _________________________________ GET OUR NEWSLETTER Receive Our Latest News Join our mailing list for announcements, ticket sales, special events, monthly documentary recommendations and year-round programs. JOIN OUR MAILING LIST

  • Watch Club Archive | NBPT DOCU FEST

    Collection of Filmmaker Interviews THE WATCH CLUB Filmmaker Interviews NBPT DOCU FEST FESTIVAL Submit a Film YES Film Submissions Festival Archive Awards Home PROGRAMS Events Watch Club Archive SUPPORT Sponsors Volunteer Donate ABOUT About Us Plan Your Visit THE DYNASTY: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS Filmmaker Matthew Hamachek View NAZI TOWN, USA Filmmaker Peter Yost View LAKOTA NATION VS. THE UNITED STATES Jesse Short Bull and Laura Tomaselli View SOUND OF THE POLICE Filmmaker Stanley Nelson View TORCHED Hoag Kepner View THE HIGH ROCK Ellen Moore View SLOANE: A JAZZ SINGER Michael Lippert View THE GULLSPANG MIRACLE Maria Fredriksson View THE ONLY DOCTOR Matthew Hashiguchi View IMMEDIATE FAMILY Denny Tedesco View BRIEF TENDER LIGHT Arthur Musah View THE DEEPEST BREATH Filmmaker Laura McGann View GROWING UP MIXED Director W. Kamau Bell View ICONIC AMERICA Executive producer Maro Chermayeff View A HOUSE MADE OF SPLINTERS Filmmaker Simon Lereng Wilmont View THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A #@%! Filmmaker Nathan Price View JOIN OR DIE Director Rebecca and Pete Davis View I DIDN'T SEE YOU THERE Filmmaker Reid Davenport View WELL DOCUMENTED Author Ian Haydn Smith View MAMA'S BOY Filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau View DELIKADO Filmmaker Karl Malakunas View THE JANES Filmmakers Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes View GEORGE CARLIN'S AMERICAN DREAM Filmmaker Michael Bonfiglio View AILEY Filmmaker Jamila Wignot View THE BIG SCARY "S" WORD Filmmaker Yael Bridge View A RECKONING IN BOSTON Filmmakers Kafi Dixon and James Rutenbeck View PROCESSION Filmmaker Robert Greene View DEAR MR. BRODY Filmmakers Keith Maitland and Sarah Wilson View AGUANTE Dominick Torres View THE LAST LIGHTKEEPERS Rob Apse View THE MERRIMACK: RIVER AT RISK Jerry Monkman View VOICES FROM VIETNAM Mark Biggs View MISSING IN BRROKS COUNTY Lisa Molomot and Jeff Bemiss View VIEW MORE 2021 2022 2023 THE DYNASTY: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS Filmmaker Matthew Hamachek View NAZI TOWN, USA Filmmaker Peter Yost View LAKOTA NATION VS. THE UNITED STATES Jesse Short Bull and Laura Tomaselli View SOUND OF THE POLICE Filmmaker Stanley Nelson View TORCHED Hoag Kepner View THE HIGH ROCK Ellen Moore View SLOANE: A JAZZ SINGER Michael Lippert View THE GULLSPANG MIRACLE Maria Fredriksson View THE ONLY DOCTOR Matthew Hashiguchi View IMMEDIATE FAMILY Denny Tedesco View BRIEF TENDER LIGHT Arthur Musah View THE DEEPEST BREATH Filmmaker Laura McGann View GROWING UP MIXED Director W. Kamau Bell View ICONIC AMERICA Executive producer Maro Chermayeff View A HOUSE MADE OF SPLINTERS Filmmaker Simon Lereng Wilmont View THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A #@%! Filmmaker Nathan Price View JOIN OR DIE Director Rebecca and Pete Davis View I DIDN'T SEE YOU THERE Filmmaker Reid Davenport View WELL DOCUMENTED Author Ian Haydn Smith View MAMA'S BOY Filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau View DELIKADO Filmmaker Karl Malakunas View THE JANES Filmmakers Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes View GEORGE CARLIN'S AMERICAN DREAM Filmmaker Michael Bonfiglio View AILEY Filmmaker Jamila Wignot View THE BIG SCARY "S" WORD Filmmaker Yael Bridge View A RECKONING IN BOSTON Filmmakers Kafi Dixon and James Rutenbeck View PROCESSION Filmmaker Robert Greene View DEAR MR. BRODY Filmmakers Keith Maitland and Sarah Wilson View AGUANTE Dominick Torres View THE LAST LIGHTKEEPERS Rob Apse View THE MERRIMACK: RIVER AT RISK Jerry Monkman View VOICES FROM VIETNAM Mark Biggs View MISSING IN BRROKS COUNTY Lisa Molomot and Jeff Bemiss View GET OUR NEWSLETTER Receive Our Latest News Join our mailing list for announcements, ticket sales, special events, monthly documentary recommendations and year-round programs. JOIN OUR MAILING LIST THE DYNASTY: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS Filmmaker Matthew Hamachek View NAZI TOWN, USA Filmmaker Peter Yost View LAKOTA NATION VS. THE UNITED STATES Jesse Short Bull and Laura Tomaselli View SOUND OF THE POLICE Filmmaker Stanley Nelson View TORCHED Hoag Kepner View THE HIGH ROCK Ellen Moore View SLOANE: A JAZZ SINGER Michael Lippert View THE GULLSPANG MIRACLE Maria Fredriksson View THE ONLY DOCTOR Matthew Hashiguchi View IMMEDIATE FAMILY Denny Tedesco View BRIEF TENDER LIGHT Arthur Musah View THE DEEPEST BREATH Filmmaker Laura McGann View GROWING UP MIXED Director W. Kamau Bell View ICONIC AMERICA Executive producer Maro Chermayeff View A HOUSE MADE OF SPLINTERS Filmmaker Simon Lereng Wilmont View THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A #@%! Filmmaker Nathan Price View JOIN OR DIE Director Rebecca and Pete Davis View I DIDN'T SEE YOU THERE Filmmaker Reid Davenport View WELL DOCUMENTED Author Ian Haydn Smith View MAMA'S BOY Filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau View DELIKADO Filmmaker Karl Malakunas View THE JANES Filmmakers Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes View GEORGE CARLIN'S AMERICAN DREAM Filmmaker Michael Bonfiglio View AILEY Filmmaker Jamila Wignot View THE BIG SCARY "S" WORD Filmmaker Yael Bridge View A RECKONING IN BOSTON Filmmakers Kafi Dixon and James Rutenbeck View PROCESSION Filmmaker Robert Greene View DEAR MR. BRODY Filmmakers Keith Maitland and Sarah Wilson View AGUANTE Dominick Torres View THE LAST LIGHTKEEPERS Rob Apse View THE MERRIMACK: RIVER AT RISK Jerry Monkman View VOICES FROM VIETNAM Mark Biggs View MISSING IN BRROKS COUNTY Lisa Molomot and Jeff Bemiss View VIEW MORE 2021 2022 2023

  • Awards | NBPT DOCU FEST

    FESTIVAL Submit a Film YES Film Submissions Festival Archive Awards Home PROGRAMS Events Watch Club Archive SUPPORT Sponsors Volunteer Donate ABOUT About Us Plan Your Visit We Award NDFF films annually NBPT DOCU FEST Awards Film Director Arthur Musah 2023 BRIEF, TENDER LIGHT BEST FIRST-TIME FILMMAKER Film Director Michael Lippert 2023 SLOANE: A JAZZ SINGER BEST NEW ENGLAND FILM Film Director Ashley Sabin, David Redmon 2023 KIM'S VIDEO DAVID KLEILER CINEPHILE AWARD Film Director Corinne Botz 2023 MILK FACTORY BEST SHORT FILM Film Director Denny Tedesco 2023 IMMEDIATE FAMILY AUDIENCE AWARD Film Director Xudong Liu 2023 GUND KWOK YES AWARD Film Director Jason Motlagh, Mark Oltmanns 2023 RIDERS ON THE STORM BEST FEATURE Film Director Bradley Berman 2022 JACK HAS A PLAN DAVID KLEILER CINEPHILE AWARD Film Director Yunhong Pu 2022 GO THROUGH THE DARK BEST FIRST-TIME FILMMAKER Film Director Rajaiah Jones 2022 THE SKIN AM IN YES AWARD Film Director Alison Gilkey, Eric Neudel 2022 THE WAKE UP CALL AUDIENCE AWARD Film Director Hope Tucker 2022 WHAT TRAVELERS ARE SAYING BEST SHORT FILM Film Director David Grubin 2022 FREE RENTY BEST NEW ENGLAND FILM Film Director Karl Malakunas 2022 DELIKADO BEST FEATURE Film Director MIKA YATSUHASHI 2021 AN UNINTERRUPTED VIEW OF THE SEA DAVID KLEILER CINEPHILE AWARD Film Director IQBAL BARKAT & MAREE DELOFSKI 2021 THIS IS OUR SCHOOL SPECIAL JURY AWARD Film Director CARA FEINBERG 2021 LOCKSHOP BEST NEW ENGLAND FILM Film Director EMMA FRANCIS-SNYDER 2021 TAKEOVER BEST SHORT FILM Film Director A CULTURE PRESERVED IN ICE 2021 GAMES OF SURVIVAL BEST FIRST TIME FILMMAKER Film Director LISA MOLOMOT AND JEFF BEMISS 2021 MISSING IN BROOKS COUNTY BEST FEATURE FILM Film Director TAL AMIRAN 2020 DAFFA METTI (DIFFICULT) DAVID KLEILER CINEPHILE AWARD Film Director POLLY WELLS 2020 WE BEGAN TO SING BEST NEW ENGLAND FILM Film Director MIA DONOVAN 2020 DOPE IS DEATH SPECIAL JURY AWARD Film Director WILLIAM KELLY’S BIG PICTURE – MARK STREET 2020 CAN ART STOP A BULLET? BEST FEATURE FILM Film Director BRIAN REDONDO 2020 KEEP SARAY HOME BEST SHORT FILM Film Director NATHALIE BIBEAU 2020 THE WALRUS AND THE WHISTLEBLOWER SPECIAL JURY AWARD Film Director JAMES DEAN LE SUEUR 2020 THE ART OF DISSENT BEST FIRST TIME FILMMAKER Film Director PENNY LANE 2019 HAIL SATAN? DAVID KLEILER CINEPHILE AWARD Film Director ZACHARY STAUFFER 2019 WHO KILLED LT. VAN DORN? BEST FIRST TIME FILMMAKER Film Director JESSE ALK 2019 PARIAH DOG BEST FEATURE FILM Film Director DANIEL LOVERING 2019 MOTORCYCLE MAN BEST SHORT FILM Film Director BILL GALLAGHER 2019 RUNNER AUDIENCE AWARD Film Director ANDREW SHERBURN & TOMMY HAINES 2018 SAVING BRINTON SPECIAL JURY CINEPHILE AWARD Film Director CHICO COLVARD 2018 BLACK MEMORABILIA BEST NEW ENGLAND FILM Film Director STEPHEN MAING 2018 CRIME + PUNISHMENT BEST FEATURE FILM Film Director TUAN PENG 2018 HOW’S YOUR TIME, WU? BEST SHORT FILM Film Director LEON LEE 2018 LETTER FROM MASANJIA SPECIAL AUDIENCE AWARD Film Director DANIEL D. MCGUIRE 2018 BALIAN (THE HEALER) BEST NEW ENGLAND FILM Film Director JASON O’HARA 2018 STATE OF EXCEPTION BEST FIRST TIME FILMMAKER Film Director ALLISON ARGO 2017 THE LAST PIG BEST NEW ENGLAND FILM Film Director TAI AMIRAN 2017 SAND MEN BEST SHORT FILM Film Director JAMIE MELTZER 2017 TRUE CONVICTION SPECIAL JURY COMMENDATION Film Director ROBERT ROOY 2017 DEEJ AUDIENCE AWARD Film Director KEVIN BOWE 2017 DEMOCRACY THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS BEST FIRST TIME FILMMAKER Film Director THORSTEN TRIMPOP 2017 FURUSATO BEST FEATURE FILM Film Director ALICE STONE 2017 ANGELO UNWRITTEN SPECIAL JURY COMMENDATION Film Director DUSTIN GRELLA 2016 ANIMATION HOTLINE BEST SHORT FILM Film Director MAISIE CROW 2016 JACKSON – MAISIE CROW BEST FEATURE FILM Film Director BETH MURPHY 2016 WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS BEST NEW ENGLAND FILM Film Director JAY CHILDS 2016 FOOD FIGHT: INSIDE THE BATTLE FOR MARKET BASKET AUDIENCE AWARD Film Director CHRISTOPHE GELFAND & CAROLINE LOSNECK 2015 DIVER SPECIAL JURY COMMENDATION Film Director ADAM ROFFMAN & LUKE POLING 2015 SPEARHUNTER BEST SHORT FILM Film Director MICHAEL TURNER 2015 THE WAY WE TALK SPECIAL JURY COMMENDATION Film Director SUSAN GRAY 2015 CIRCUS WITHOUT BORDERS BEST NEW ENGLAND FILM Film Director NICK SPARK 2015 RIGHT FOOTED AUDIENCE AWARD Film Director LAURIE KAHN 2015 LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS BEST FEATURE FILM Film Director DAVE LAMATTINA 2014 I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY AUDIENCE AWARD Film Director SANDY JAFFE 2014 OUR MOCKINGBIRD BEST FEATURE FILM Film Director ROBIN BERGHAUS 2014 STUMPED BEST SHORT FILM Film Director KRIS KACZOR 2014 DIVIDE IN CONCORD BEST NEW ENGLAND FILM Film Director SEAN FINE & ANDREA NIX 2013 LIFE ACCORDING TO SAM SPECIAL MENTION - SHORT Film Director ANTHONY SHERIN 2013 SOLO, PIANO – NYC AUDIENCE AWARD Film Director JEFFREY KAROFF 2013 CAVEDIGGER BEST SHORT FILM Film Director MARY JANE DOHERTY 2013 SECUNDARIA BEST NEW ENGLAND FILM Film Director GREGORY ROSCOE 2013 RAWFAITH BEST FEATURE FILM We recognize Best Feature, Best Short, Best New England Film, First-Time Filmmaker, the Audience Award, and the David Kleiler Cinephile Award. 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    FESTIVAL Submit a Film YES Film Submissions Festival Archive Awards Home PROGRAMS Events Watch Club Archive SUPPORT Sponsors Volunteer Donate ABOUT About Us Plan Your Visit 2024 Festival September Our 20th year! NBPT DOCU FEST Donate Passionate documentary filmmakers often prioritize their subject over financial gains. Festivals like NBPTDOCUFEST are crucial, offering a platform for filmmakers to showcase their work before wider release. Success may lead to collaborations with major distributors like PBS, Showtime, HBO, Netflix, or Hulu. Support from Friends of the Festival covers travel and accommodation, enabling filmmakers to engage directly with the local audience, fostering meaningful post-screening discussions that enhance the festival experience. Your support is vital. Bring Filmmakers to Newburyport Help Enrich the Festival Experience To avoid processing surcharges, please mail a check to Newburyport Film Festival, Inc. PO Box 526 Newburyport, MA 01950 ‍ The Newburyport Documentary Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. EIN 81-3196192 GET OUR NEWSLETTER Receive Our Latest News Join our mailing list for announcements, ticket sales, special events, monthly documentary recommendations and year-round programs. JOIN OUR MAILING LIST

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    Festival Film Archive NBPT DOCU FEST 2006 thru this year FESTIVAL Submit a Film YES Film Submissions Festival Archive Awards Home PROGRAMS Events Watch Club Archive SUPPORT Sponsors Volunteer Donate ABOUT About Us Plan Your Visit Reset Search Use the menu to sort by date and display below. Multiple selections allowed Loading... Gluten-Free Vegan Vegetarian Sugar-Free Plant-Based Nut-Free VIEW MORE GET OUR NEWSLETTER Receive Our Latest News Join our mailing list for announcements, ticket sales, special events, monthly documentary recommendations and year-round programs. JOIN OUR MAILING LIST GET OUR NEWSLETTER Receive Our Latest News Join our mailing list for announcements, ticket sales, special events, monthly documentary recommendations and year-round programs. JOIN OUR MAILING LIST

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    Festival Film Archive NBPT DOCU FEST 2006 thru this year FESTIVAL Submit a Film YES Film Submissions Festival Archive Awards Home PROGRAMS Events Watch Club Archive SUPPORT Sponsors Volunteer Donate ABOUT About Us Plan Your Visit Use the menu to sort by date and display below. Multiple selections allowed 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 VIEW MORE NEW AMERICAN SOLDIER Trailer Emma Cott Film Director ​ IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE Trailer Patrick Shen Film Director ​ NO BIGGER THAN A MINUTE Trailer Steven Delano Film Director ​ TWO WHO DARED: THE SHARPS’ WAR Trailer Artemis Joukowsky Film Director ​ EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: THE STORY OF FISHBONE Trailer Chris Metzler & Lev Anderson Film Director ​ CRIME + PUNISHMENT Trailer Stephen Maing Film Director ​ Student Showcase Trailer ​ Film Director ​ RIGHT FOOTED Trailer Nick Spark Film Director ​ SECUNDARIA Trailer Mary Jane Doherty Film Director ​ CLUB NATIVE Trailer Tracey Deer Film Director ​ IN DEBT WE TRUST: AMERICA BEFORE THE BUBBLE BURSTS Trailer Danny Schechter, Joel Sucher Film Director ​ THE TOPP TWINS: UNTOUCHABLE GIRLS Trailer Leanne Pooley Film Director ​ GET OUR NEWSLETTER Receive Our Latest News Join our mailing list for announcements, ticket sales, special events, monthly documentary recommendations and year-round programs. JOIN OUR MAILING LIST GET OUR NEWSLETTER Receive Our Latest News Join our mailing list for announcements, ticket sales, special events, monthly documentary recommendations and year-round programs. JOIN OUR MAILING LIST

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