Looking forward to a refreshed and vibrant SDFF 2025

SebDocs Pauses Annual Schedule to Reinvent and Expand Film Program and Festival

June 1 usually opens calls for entries to the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. Not this year.  As Michael Moore writes, “It is time for us to invent something new, something bold that is progressive and sustainable…”

SDFF 2023 wrapped as a resounding success. More filmmakers attended than ever before; their films were exceptional; the panels engaging, fun and useful. Our core group of volunteers made it joyfully smooth as if by magic. A perfect time to take a breath.

SDFF is taking a year off from the festival circuit to plan and implement a robust film festival and program within the SebARTS organization, of which we are a part. We are excited at the possibilities of collaborations: opportunities for artists, audience and communities.

The website will continue to be an active hub for news about alumni filmmakers, industry conversations and follow-up of topics brought to the festival in films and panels. You will also soon be able to subscribe to a newsletter to keep up to date on information about special 2024 events. Send your own news to

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival is proudly progressive, featuring spotlights on social justice and journalism. With the proliferation of AI, documentary might become our only touchstone for what was ‘real’ at a moment in time. We will 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. We’re curious, engaged, opinionated and welcoming to all. 

Come join us in continuing the ageless tradition of storytelling circles. Looking forward to a refreshed SDFF 2025.

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