We stand in solidarity with people of color and anti-racists protesting police violence and other forms of state-sanctioned white supremacy. In support of this ongoing movement, and in-keeping with our belief in the power of documentary to help us look beyond ourselves and to foster critical thinking, we’ve added a permanent, evolving section to this website, dedicated to social justice in documentary media. This section is intended to supplement, not supplant, the inclusion of these issues in the festival’s film selections, news updates and other content, and to provide a central place for our audience to find information and resources. Click Here to see the current iteration of this page.


MARCH 16-19, 2023


SDFF 2023 DATES: MARCH 16-19


A Doc Festival for All

In 2020, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named SDFF a Qualifying Festival for the Documentary Short Subject category. Recipients of the SDFF Jury Award for Short Subject and Jury Award for Mini-Doc are now eligible for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

An all-volunteer Steering Committee of filmmakers, film scholars and critics, and film lovers run SDFF. MovieMaker magazine named SDFF “One of the Coolest Film Festivals” twice. While that was a nice feather in our cap, seeing the raves of filmmakers, festival attendees, and our community is our greatest satisfaction.

The inspiration behind the founding of the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival in 2007 was an immense curiosity into lives and experiences outside of our own. In the years since, we’ve worked to serve as a bridge for independent non-fiction filmmakers to audiences keen to explore and learn. 

SDFF brings the best documentaries and filmmakers from around the world to northern California for an annual celebration of non-fiction films. We’ll exhibit 70 to 75 films over four days on six screens in Sebastopol. Our audience includes documentary film lovers, industry professionals, filmmakers and curious bystanders.

News from SDFF

28 JUNE 2022 AWARDS. HONORS. FESTIVALS. SPECIAL SCREENINGS. For Love and Legacy (AK Sandhu, 2021) was part of Tribeca 2022’s Juneteenth Shorts, Portraits and Performance: Celebrating Black...

OUTwatch continues its Spring/Summer film series on Thursday, July 21 with a screening of experimental history Framing Agnes (Chase Joynt, 2022). The film tells the story of Agnes,...

21 JUNE 2022 NEW FILMS & PROJECTS FROM SDFF FILMMAKERS A new film by Madeleine Lim, Jewelle: A Just Vision, premiered at the 18th Annual Queer Women of Color...

14 JUNE 2022 AWARDS. HONORS. FESTIVALS. SPECIAL SCREENINGS. Nefise Özkal Lorentzen’s Seyran Ateş: Sex, Revolution and Islam was an official selection of two recent film festivals, the 13th Kashish Mumbai...

Spring/Summer Series Continues with Mama Bears + Special Poppy Fields Screening to Benefit LGBTQI Ukraine Emergency Fund Poppy Fields – June 9 OUTwatch Film Festival...

7 JUNE 2022 AWARDS. HONORS. FESTIVALS. SPECIAL SCREENINGS. The Pratt In The Hat (SDFF2022) was featured as part of a recent program from the New Filmmakers...

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