pexels photo 320617March 28 - 31, 2019. The festival is now in its 12th year of exhibiting the non-fiction work of independent filmmakers. Each film has characters of extraordinary presence, whether animate or not, and compelling stories. Each is a signature of excellence in craft. SDFF exists to fulfill filmmakers’ desires to be seen, to be heard and to have an opportunity to make a difference. The festival is known for programming work for a discerning audience that enjoys being challenged as well as entertained.
The Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival exhibits on six screens simultaneously at Sebastopol Center for the Arts and venue partner Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol®, presenting an average of 65-70 films per year to a combined audience of 5,000 to 6,000 documentary film lovers, industry guests, and fellow filmmakers.
Northern California Public Media is proud to be the Premiere Partner media organization sponsor of the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival.
SDFF 2019 provides a number of educational programs during the festival event weekend. Peer Pitch West has two days planned for their 8th year at SDFF 2019, produced in partnership with Washington D.C.-based Docs in Progress. Executive Director, Erica Ginsberg expertly facilitates this opportunity for documentary filmmakers to get constructive feedback on their documentary works-in-progress from an audience comprised of other filmmakers and documentary enthusiasts.
The festival also provides panel discussions and speakers on a various aspects of documentary film production or construction. Subjects have ranged from sound design to cinematography to music composition and more. Each year provides an excellent opportunity to learn from, and network with, a unique collection of masters of the craft.
This year, led by Lowell Bergman, founder of the Investigative Reporting Program at U.C. Berkeley’s School of Journalism, we explore the discipline of filmmakers and journalists as they go about finding the truth; letting story be their guide.
SDFF was founded by passionate indie filmmakers as an arts program of Sebastopol Center for the Arts. It is an all-volunteer endeavor that runs year-round through the efforts of a Producer, Lead Programmer and a Steering Committee that manages the intricacies of producing this internationally respected film festival destination.

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