Newburyport Documentary Film Festival 2023

High Quality Documentary Films

Newburyport Documentary Film Festival

The Newburyport Documentary Film Festival features some of the most thought-provoking and entertaining documentary films on screen. Mark your calendar for the 2023 Film Festival, Friday, September 15th – Sunday, September 17th. The 2023 Newburyport Documentary Film Festival will showcase 15 feature films and 13 short films available for viewing at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, the Newburyport Screening Room or you can choose to view films from the comfort of home. Select on demand films will be available for viewing after the festival from Monday, September 18th – Thursday, September 21st.

This year’s lineup includes two World Premieres: Filmmaker Arthur Musah’s BRIEF TENDER LIGHT documents the inspiring stories of four MIT students from four different African countries as they pursue their education and dreams on two continents.

The second film, filmmaker Hoag Kepner’s TORCHED, follows the Austin Torch, a group of women/non-binary athletes as they strive to legitimize their fringe sport of Ultimate Frisbee.

Visit the Film Festival website to view the 2023 film lineup and film trailers.

In its 19th season, the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival encourages open dialog about topics that are important to the local and global community. During the festival, the filmmakers in attendance interact with the audience via Q&A sessions, workshops and panels.

On Friday at 3 pm, prior to Opening Night of the Film Festival, The Newburyport Screening Room will host a free showing of five short films from student filmmakers and media arts majors competing for this year’s $1000 “YES” Award (Young Emerging Filmmakers Showcase).

In addition to an incredible 2023 film lineup, there there are special events Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings hosted at the Firehouse Center for the Arts. Details and times are all listed on the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival website as well as the Newburyport Events Calendar.

Newburyport Documentary Film Festival Tickets
Included with the Friday and Saturday evening tickets purchases and all-access passes is the privilege to attend a reception prior to the screening and an after-party following. The Friday night after-party will be hosted at Loretta and the Saturday night after-party will be held at Brine. Sunday evening ticket price includes an after-film panel featuring the filmmaker Michael Lippert via Skype and several of Carol’s close friends, notably WFNX-FM Jazz Host Jeff Turton, and an after-party reception downstairs at Sea Level.

Ticket prices for daytime films are $15 for regular admission and $12 for seniors/students. Nighttime films are $20 for regular admission and $18 for discounted admission. To view the entire film line-up and film trailers, and to purchase tickets, visit the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival website.

In addition to the annual Newbury Documentary Film Festival hosted each September, the NBPT DOCU FEST features additional events and educational sessions throughout the year, in order to further engage the community.

The Newburyport Documentary Film Festival is part of the Nonprofit Partner Program. is a small local media company that donates their time uses their substantial media platform to help provide broad awareness for local nonprofits. In addition, they run a VIP Card Loyalty Program that designed to help drive business for local restaurants, shops and lodging businesses. 40% of VIP Card Sales are donated to local nonprofit partners, like NBPT DOCU FEST so whether you live locally or visit a few times a year, please consider purchasing a VIP Card. Purchase a Newburyport VIP Card for $25 and and $10 of your purchase will be donated to The Newburyport Documentary Film Festival.  Use the form on this page to order your VIP Card. You can view participating VIP Businesses by downloading the, “Newburyport” App or by visiting the VIP Card Discounts page on the website.

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