John Andrews

Salem Film Fest - March 22-29, 2018

John Andrews
Salem Film Fest - March 22-29, 2018

11th Annual Salem Film Fest

Entering its 11th year, Salem Film Fest is one of New England's largest documentary film festivals and presents a rich and diverse collection of the year's best work from all over the world.

Because Salem Film Fest focuses on well-told stories with strong technical elements and interesting visual approaches, each film screened over the week-long schedule represents an immersive aesthetic experience, an opportunity to glimpse the world with fresh eyes, and leave changed as a result.

Come to Salem, see the world.


The festival concentrates on well-told stories with strong technical elements and interesting visual approaches, letting narratives unfold that wind their way through the human experience in the USA and foreign lands. Many of the films to be screened represent a US, East Coast or regional premiere. Filmmakers are expected to be present for more than half of the screenings, giving audiences a unique advantage to learn about the documentary process.

A complete syllabus of films to be shown this year accompanied by short and detailed summaries will be posted at the end of January. To obtain tickets and passes and for more information about Salem Film Fest 2017 visit

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Salem Film Fest was founded in 2008 by filmmaker Joe Cultrera (HAND OF GOD), local businessman Paul Van Ness (CinemaSalem, Van Ness Creative), Executive Director of the Salem Chamber of Commerce Rinus Oosthoek and others from the community. Run and operated entirely by volunteers, the week-long festival has become a community-wide event with screenings at CinemaSalem, the Peabody Essex Museum and the National Park Service Salem Visitor Center with filmmaker parties and music events held at venues throughout downtown. Fueled by great films, dedicated volunteers and enthusiastic audiences, festival attendance has grown 15 to 25 percent each year.


Unique Points of Interest:

  • Largest All-Documentary Festival in New England
  • Two-thirds of filmmakers to attend and engage in post-screening dialogue
  • Unique financial model in which rather than pay submission fees, filmmakers are paid a screening commission sponsored by a business, individual, or organization from the regional community
  • Founded and organized each year by an all-volunteer organization of passionate film lovers