New Haven Documentary Film Festival


New Haven, Connecticut, USA

June 2 – 7, 2020


About the Festival

NHdocs is a festival that celebrates the art of the documentary with a decidedly local flavor. Their goal is to bring together both the filmmakers and film lovers of Connecticut by show exciting, innovative, thought-provoking films from the best filmmaker in the area, and beyond.

NHdocs: The New Haven Documentary Film Festival was created to bring filmmakers and cinephiles together. It promotes local filmmakers by showcasing their work and creating a collaborative space for the community and artists to share, all the while fostering the next generation of filmmakers. NHdocs’s goal is to bring together film enthusiasts and the people who’ve made the films to interact as well as to showcase local films. They are resolutely democratic in our embrace of the documentary tradition on the local as well as the international level.

While they love showcasing Connecticut filmmakers and their work, the NHdoc is a documentary film festival with a world-class twist. It solicits material by filmmakers from around the world. They look for films that are superbly made, relevant, and will engage visitors. If your film is amazing, they will most likely program it, no matter where you’re from.



They also have a student competition open to students who have either grown up in Connecticut who attend school in the state. They have expanded our student workshops to include middle school, high school, and college students.

They also offer works-in-progress screening for local filmmakers to get peer-to-peer and audience feedback, curating a series of panels for both aspiring and experienced filmmakers each year bringing new topics along with local and national experts in the field.

The majority of our screenings are within a 5 minute walk from one another. Screenings take place at the New Haven Museum, Cafe 9, The Statehouse, Whitneyville Cultural Commons, New Haven Free Public Library, popup venues and other theaters. 

NHdocs seeks to build a sense of community among documentary filmmakers from the greater New Haven area, around Connecticut, and the world. 

Many area filmmakers work as independents, some teach at local universities, while others rely on various kinds of day jobs. The festival looks forward in showing work that has been or will be shown at prominent International Film Festivals, but also shows work being done by local filmmakers whose work has not found the kind of recognition it deserves. They also value faculty and students in the city’s schools and nearby universities that produce new filmmakers. 


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This article was written by NH Docs at the request of The Documentary Life.


Producer and Content Creator, Stephanie Vincenti

Stephanie has worked in the narrative and documentary feature film industry for over 12 years. She is also a producer and content creator for The Documentary Life.

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