An Independent Film Festival for New Hampshire and Beyond

The New Hampshire Film Festival takes place each fall the weekend after Columbus Day in Portsmouth, NH. Our mission is to support the art of filmmaking and to present the best in recent independent cinema from the region, nation and world.

NHFF unites professional filmmakers and screenwriters with industry experts, students, educators, and film lovers for an inspiring, four-day celebration of independent film through panels, workshops, screenings, and networking events.

Founded in 2001, NHFF began as a small, grassroots organization to support local, regional, and student filmmakers. It now holds a place as a viable and recognized festival that showcases the brightest talent on the international film festival scene.

NHFF presents the best of independent film on four state-of-the-art screening venues ranging in size from 65 to 900-seat theaters. The festival also emphasize creative collaboration, education, and networking through a half dozen panel discussions and workshops, as well as after-parties where filmmakers can mingle with special guests.

Over four full days, NHFF can attract more than 10,000 attendees. In 2013, NHFF received more than 850 films and 100 screenplays for consideration. We screened 100 domestic and international films. With chances for education, discussion and socializing, NHFF offers plentiful networking opportunities among industry insiders.

NHFF holds a special place in many filmmakers’ hearts. Dan Ferrigan, the DP of award-winning film “The Way We Get By,” told MovieMaker Magazine of his immensely positive experience at NHFF.

“NHFF programmers packed rustic screening locations from morning till night with the most compelling and honored films I’ve seen all year. Not since our premiere at SXSW had I seen such top notch docs and fictional gems. I soon realized this wasn’t just a festival on its way- it had already arrived. The excitement from NH is still with me…and I don’t want it to leave.”

2014 Call to Entries Opens soon!

The New Hampshire Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.