There are as many ways to tell stories in film as there are filmmakers. Animation, color, music, archival material, silence, laughter, reenactment… all are explored to cross the gaps of unknown, underrepresented, unseen, unfelt experience and truth. Knowing what it’s like for any life to wake to its existence guides us in critical thought.

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival is driven by an immense curiosity to learn and understand the lives of others, lives different in experience and age from our own. Submissions are open to anyone, from every part of the world, and begin JUNE 1, 2024 (on FilmFreeway). Films are chosen for excellence in craft, character, storytelling and authenticity.

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival is an Oscar® qualifying Film Festival — all short docs that win the Jury Prize are eligible to nominated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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