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Call for Submissions For 2021 Fall Festival - The Inaugural Young Emerging Filmmaker’s Showcase

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Call for Submissions For 2021 Fall Festival - The Inaugural Young Emerging Filmmaker’s Showcase


Call for Submissions For 2021 Fall Festival

The Inaugural Young Emerging Filmmaker’s Showcase  The YES Award

Inaugural Young Emerging Showcase – YES Award

NBPT DOCU FEST expands its reach and scope this fall with a new showcase—the YES Award celebrating emerging filmmakers. The YES Award is a juried competition within the festival’s in-person platform. The festival will feature 3-4 short films showcasing the work of current and recent graduates from the 18 colleges and universities within the greater Boston region offering film studies programs.

The YES Award offers a public showing of work by the next generation of filmmakers. We anticipate a warm and enthusiastic reception from both audiences and other filmmakers within the festival. There will be a cash prize for the winner of the competition.

The YES Award is dedicated to helping fuel the winner’s next creative endeavor. Judging will be a  hybrid method consisting of the festival’s jurors coupled with an audience ‘favorite’ voting poll conducted after the screening.

Festival History

NBPT DOCU FEST, established in 2004 as Massachusetts’ first all-documentary film festival, features high-caliber, thought-provoking documentary films from both established and emerging filmmakers nationally and internationally. Aiming to be the “Filmmakers Film Festival,” more than 360 films have been featured over 17 seasons. The festival boasts a nearly 80% in-person attendance of the filmmakers traveling to the seaside town of Newburyport, 35 miles north of Boston, to join other artists and ardent filmgoers for a kinetic exchange of artistic ideas and provocative thought.

This fall the festival will showcase feature documentaries, a series of short blocks, a work-in-progress workshop, and a filmmaker’s roundtable. Each feature or short-block screening includes a post-viewing  Q & A with filmmakers for an animated discussion with an appreciative audience.

Festival venues include Newburyport’s noted Screening Room, a local favorite for nearly 50 years for independent and arthouse films, and the 199-seat Firehouse Center for the Arts. Both are located within a two-minute walk along Newburyport’s State Street historic district of Federal-era buildings featuring an animated array of dining and shopping establishments.

Submission & Inquiries

Submission is limited to documentary and non-fiction short films. There is NO submission fee—all entries and subject topics are welcome. Depending on the length, 3-4 films will be selected for festival entry by a 4-person panel comprised of film professionals and festival staff.

Filmmakers interested in submitting their films to the festival can do so by sending a link to their film and a short filmmaker bio to: Submissions Deadline: June 18th.