19th SF Documentary Festival Wrapped

Posted by sfindie September 20, 2020 3224 views

2020 San Francisco Documentary Award Winners

2020 DocFest Vanguard Award: SARA ARCHAMBAULT

Audience Award for Best Feature: BLEEDING AUDIO

Audience Award for Best Short: BENEATH THE INK

Jury Prize for Best Feature: THE LAST BLOCKBUSTER

Jury Prize for Best Short: CASTELLS


SF DocFest presented a virtual festival that took place Sept 3-20. The full program and festival info can be found HERE.

We believe very strongly in the value of shared experiences. We postponed the June festival when the lockdown began and hoped that by fall we’d be able to present the films at the Roxie Theater as usual.

But when it became apparent in August that this was looking increasingly unlikely, we found a way to share these great films with Bay Area documentary fans online – and we attempted to make attending the festival as festive as possible. We presented daily live online Q&As with filmmakers and audiences had the ability to watch most films any time and from anywhere during the festival dates. We made sure to include the regular festival feature The Bad Art Gallery (this time in a virtual gallery) and a new event we called The Filmmaker Feud Game Show.

The festival featured 46 new documentaries available to watch over a 17 day period, along with live or pre-recorded Q&As for all films plus some SF IndieFest/DocFest special events.

Check out the line up here!!

-The SF DocFest Team: Jeff Ross, Chris Metzler, Jennifer Junkyard Morris, Meghan Ryan and Fay Dearborn