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.
The event, sponsored by Sebastopol Center for the Arts, is approaching its twelfth year. SDFF is designed for independent documentary filmmakers, whom we believe are the voices of our culture. SDFF 2019 will continue bringing audiences from Northern California and beyond, to meet and engage with filmmakers from around the world.
We present these films to engage our community and stimulate critical thinking. DOCS have the power to catapult adventurous spirits on explorations to the edge of the world and into deepest chasms of the heart.
In 2007, Eliza Hemenway, along with co-founders Teresa Book and Tommie Dell Smith, produced the first Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival with a vision to showcase strong, independent documentary films in Sonoma County and to network the local film community.
SDFF brings several programs to our community throughout festival weekend, one of which is Peer Pitch West. PPW is a collaborative opportunity for documentary filmmakers to receive constructive feedback on their documentary works-in-progress from an audience comprised of other filmmakers and documentary enthusiasts. Peer Pitch West is a program of Washington D.C.-based Docs in Progress and online documentary community The D-Word. Erica Ginzberg, founder and moderator of Peer Pitch, brought the program to SDFF for the first time in 2012 and it has been a regular offering ever since, an honor that we recognize and value.
Additionally, SDFF provides an excellent opportunity to learn from some of the masters of the craft by presenting special programs whose subjects have ranged from sound design to cinematography to music composition and more. We are committed to offering even more educational opportunities in SDFF 2019!
“You are the heartbeat of the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival and we couldn't do it without you.” - Kathryn Davy, SDFF Volunteer Coordinator
SDFF, a film arts program of Sebastopol Center for the Arts, was created by passionate indie filmmakers and originally designed as an all-volunteer documentary film festival. Today, SDFF continues its long-standing tradition of being supported by its dozens of volunteers, led by a Producer, Lead Programmer, Media Consultants and a Steering Committee comprised of dedicated and talented members of the Sebastopol community. We hope you’ll consider joining the SDFF team!
For more information about volunteering with SDFF, please contact: Kathryn Davy, SDFF Volunteer Coordinator. firstname.lastname@example.org. (707) 480-9673.
Featuring six encore presentations from Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival (SDFF) 2018, especially chosen by the SDFF Steering Committee.
For more information about SDFF 2018 “Best of the Fest,”:
For more information about the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival (SDFF), please contact Co-Directors Jean McGlothlin, Cynthi Stefenoni, Jane Winslow at email@example.com.
To access the SDFF 2018 Film Guide:
Anjana Utarid, Executive Director
Jean McGlothlin, Cynthi Stefenoni, Jane Winslow, Festival Co-Directors
Cynthi Stefenoni, Festival Producer
Jean McGlothlin, Lead Programmer
Barbara Coen, Box Office Manager
Kathryn Davy, Volunteer Coordinator
Jane Winslow, Tech Director/Programmer
Emmy Scharlatt, Programmer
Eve Lindi, Information Systems Manager
Natalie Martens, Liaison Coordinator
Jen Vertz, Social Media and Special Events
Jeffrey Zankel, Member At Large
Olga Browning, Housing Coordinator
Eliza Hemenway, Founder
Teresa Book, Co-Founder
Tommie Dell Smith, Co-Founder