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The 11th annual Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival brings the best documentaries from around the world along with their filmmakers to Northern California. Twice named “One of the Coolest Film Festivals” by MovieMaker Magazine, it is one of the important and special stops on the documentary festival circuit. Sebastopol is a documentary destination that has filmmakers raving about the hospitality, quality of programming, and wonderful community atmosphere that this festival fosters.

We screen short and feature length documentaries, hybrid docs, and any other type of film that can be described as documentary. We present awards in both short and feature categories: Jury and Audience Awards. Additional awards may be announced.

SDFF 2017 screened 63 films in 4 days with over 100 filmmakers and guests in attendance.

We accept submissions through FilmFreeway!


Deadlines & Fees

Early Deadline: July 16
Regular Deadline: July 30
Late Deadline: August 31
Extended Deadline: September 10

Rules & Terms

Foreign language films must have English subtitles.

Submissions will be reviewed by our Selection Committee between June and December, 2017.
There is no preference given to early submissions except the discounted entry fee. Consideration by the Selection Committee is equal for all submitted films and your chances of acceptance are not diminished by a late entry.

Works in Progress: Please contact Randy Hall at to discuss your work before submitting.

Filmmakers will be notified of selection results by Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

By submitting your film through Film Freeway you acknowledge and agree that, to the best of your knowledge, you are duly authorized to submit this film to the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. You further agree that if this film is selected, the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival has a non-exclusive license to exhibit the film as part of the 2018 Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival.


PDF of 2015 Print Program