Welcome to SebDocs ‘25!

Founded in 2007, the first ever Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival (SDFF) boldly curated 44 films that brought into focus a wealth of talented filmmakers from Sonoma County and the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Sixteen years later, nearly 700 titles from 62 countries were openly submitted for SDFF 2023. Sixty-three films were programmed, attended by 93 filmmakers and an impressive audience, through in-person and streaming delivery.

SDFF honors diversity in all forms. We continue to provide equal opportunity for filmmakers through open calls for entry; explore what it’s like for any life to wake to its existence.

SDFF is an Oscar ® qualifying Film Festival for documentaries in the short form.

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival is proudly progressive, often featuring spotlights on social justice, journalism, current issues. When the right films come through we’ve programmed different POV’s of the same story. Such engagement encourages critical thought. What better platform than a non-fiction film festival?

Given the proliferation of AI, documentary might become our only touchstone for what was ‘real’ at a moment in time.

We look forward to meeting you—or reuniting with you—March 27-March 30, 2025.

Submissions are now open.