We are SDFF

We’re on a Mission

The mission of the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival is to bring the best independent documentary films in the world, and their filmmakers, to Sonoma County audiences. Our selections honor and promote excellence in craft, character and storytelling, but also give our audience opportunities to engage with distinct and diverse perspectives.


SDFF’s inaugural event came in 2007. Since then, the festival has welcomed filmmakers and fans from far and wide.


We’ve been honored to show features, docs, and shorts by filmmakers from around the world.


Winners of SDFF’s Jury Award and Audience Award have gone on to win major industry awards and accolades.


Filmmakers, industry insiders, and fans gather to discuss the art and craft of the business.

Our Spectacular Community

We’ve been honored to showcase and welcome filmmakers from around the world.

Our Team

We are an all-volunteer organization of filmmakers, film scholars and critics, and film lovers.

Jean McGlothlin
Co-Director/Lead Programmer
Jane Winslow
Co-Director/Festival Manager
Cynthi Stefenoni,
Corella Di Fede
Associate Director/Digital Programmer, Media & Information Manager
Lori Solomon
Filmmaker Liaison/Venue Manager
Kathryn Davy
Volunteer Manager/Venue Manager
Olga Browning
Filmmaker Liaison/Housing Manager
Eve Lindi
Information Systems/Box Office
Emmy Scharlatt
David Farinella
Social Media
Jeffrey Zankel
Filmmaker Liaison / Programmer
Eliza Hemenway
Tommie Del Smith
Teresa Book
Partners & Sponsors
Partners & Sponsors

Our partners and sponsors help bring our award-winning festival to life while garnering local visibility by passionate audiences. Plus, given our virtual presence over the past two years, businesses are being seen globally.


SDFF relies on the kindness of volunteers. We’re happy to welcome new people to help us during our annual celebration of independent films and filmmakers. We reward volunteers with free screenings, swag, and introductions to our wonderful community.

Donate to SDFF

Even small gifts make a huge difference. We appreciate your gift. 

A Program of SCA

SDFF is one of the arts programs supported by the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. SCA produces, promotes, and presents local, national, and international artists and is dedicated to honoring diversity, encouraging creative excellence, and providing a welcoming gathering place for the community to experience, make, and share art and celebrate creative thought.


SDFF Through the Years

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