Sebastopol film festival

Sebastopol Center for the Arts proudly presents Documentaries Make House Calls from Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. Docs Make House Calls will be streaming new film programs from June through October 2020.

From July 3-12 we will be streaming films that won the 2020 Jury Awards. Although COVID-19 rendered the live 2020 festival an impossibility, we went ahead with all of our normal festival planning and activities until the very last minute. As a result, we are able to showcase the remarkable films that won the SDFF 2020 juried competition: Feature – Midnight Family (Luke Lorentzen, 2020); Short – Night Cleaners (Hanna Nordenswan, 2019); and Mini – The Whale (Iza Pająk).

Tickets for this exceptional program cost $12. Your ticket entitles you to view several times over the 10-day period. Access will expire July 12. We encourage donations beyond your ticket cost. Consider matching what you might have spent on that medium popcorn plus Milk Duds or Raisinets. Online delivery of films is not free for us.

To explore the extraordinary feature-length and short films SDFF will be bringing you soon through Make House Calls, visit the online catalog of upcoming events.  To explore our recent film programs, checkout out the DMHC program archive.

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Sebastopol film festival


Filmmaker: Luke Lorentzen

US, 2020, 90 mins

In Mexico City, the government operates fewer than 45 emergency ambulances for a population of 9 million. This has spawned an underground industry of for-profit ambulances often run by people with little or no training or certification. An exception in this ethically fraught, cutthroat industry, the Ochoa family struggles to keep their financial needs from jeopardizing the people in their care. When a crackdown by corrupt police pushes the family into greater hardship, they face increasing moral dilemmas even as they continue providing essential emergency medical services.

Filmmaker Luke Lorentzen accepts his jury award for Best Feature here.

Midnight Family trailer here.

For more information on the film, check out their website or catch them on all of the socials @MidnightFamilyFilm.

Selection of Awards: Special Jury Award for Cinematography, U.S. Documentary, Sundance Film Festival; Best Film & Best Director, Guadalajara International Film Festival; Premio Guerrero de la Prensa, Red de Prensa Mexicana de Cine;Firebird Award for Best Documentary, Hong Kong International Film Festival; Cine Latino Documentary Audience Award, MSPIFF; Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature, Cine Las Americas; Best Mexican Documentary, DOQUMENTA, Queretaro; Grand Prix, Russian Press Prize and IFFS Prize Message to Man Film Festival, Saint Petersburg; IDA Documentary Awards, Winner, Best Editing, Best Feature and Best Cinematography.

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DMHC presents SDFF 2020 winner-shorts


Filmmaker: Hanna Nordenswan

US, 2019, 24 mins

After sunset familiar New York spaces turn into something else entirely; shadowy worlds where only the thoughts of the night cleaners can be heard.

Night Cleaners is about the people who clean up while most of the population sleeps. It explores the relationship between spaces and the cleaners who go through them at night, while shining a light on people who are rarely noticed.

The stories of the cleaners have similarities – most are immigrants and all have a special connection to the space they clean. Night Cleaners peaks behind the scenes lets us witness the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Selected Awards: Visionary Documentary, Oaxaca International Film Festival; Best Doc, Nordic International  Film Festival; FIPA Selection and New Doc shortlist.

Watch Night Cleaners Trailer Here.

Filmmaker/journalist Hanna Nordenswan accept her SDFF 2020 Jury Award for Best Short Here.

For more information about the film and filmmaker, go to or catch her on her socials – instagram: @nordenswanson, facebook: @hanna.nordenswan,  twitter: @HannaNordenswan.

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SDFF 2020 Jury Winner for Minis The Whale


Filmmaker: Iza Pająk

Poland, 2018, 8 mins

A whale was found at the side of Vistula river in Warsaw. How he got there? Was it possible to save him?

This experimental documentary by young Polish filmmaker Iza Pająk has also been honored with a bundle of audience and juried awards at Red Rock, and has also won at the 2019 Canberra Short Film Festival and at the 2019 Millennium Docs Against Gravity.

Filmmaker Iza Pająk accepts her jury award for Best Mini here.

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