San Luis Obispo International Film Festival…where movies matter!

“…one of the best film events in the country.”
MovieMaker Magazine, Summer 2013

Thanks to our audiences and supporters for another great festival! Enjoy the music of our special guests, “Honk” while viewing special moments from our 20th Anniversary Festival…courtesy of Festival photographers, Alan Fraser and Johannes Beals.


George Sidney Independent Film and Audience Awards
were presented on March 8th. Congratulations to the winners in the following categories!

Best Short FilmMORITZ AND THE WOODWOSE
Special Jury PrizeWIND
Best Student Film – Tie: INTO THE SILENT SEA and SILK
Best Narrative Feature – Tie: A BIRDER’S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING
and YOU’LL BE A MAN
Best Documentary FeatureICEBOUND

Audience Awards:
Best Short Film – LIFE, LIBERTY AND RESILIENCE
Best Narrative Feature – LIFE INSIDE OUT
Best Documentary Feature – PERFECT STRANGERS
Neil Travis Best in the Fest Award – BOTSO

Central Coast Filmmaker Showcase winners:
Best Documentary Feature (over 30 min) – PASSION AND PURPOSE
Best Narrative Feature (over 30 min) – INCOGNITA
Best Documentary Short (under 30 min) – LEARNING TO FLOAT
Best Narrative Short (under 30 min) – TIE: AFTER DUSK and LUCKY 13th
Best Animated Short – PUT A LID ON IT

Filmmakers of Tomorrow Showcase winners:
Best Animated Film: THE BLUE GECKO by Rebecca May Celsi
Best International Film: COLOR by Russell Wyatt Roberts
Best SLO county Film: TOUCHED BY FATE by Carlos and Kyle Plummer
Best Documentary Film: KOREA REMEMBERED by Kyle Plummer
Best Group Film: PAC-ERGY by Andres Martinez, Eli Kepins, Diego Leonardo
Ivone DeJesus, and Giovanni Espinoza
Best Film by an Individual: FLAWS by Gabrielle Giacomo

CONGRATULATIONS to all the winning filmmakers and thanks for sharing your excellent films with our lucky audiences in San Luis Obispo!

We’ll be accepting new submissions for the March 11-15, 2015 Festival beginning on June 2nd. For more information about submitting a film in one of our three competitions, please read the Competition Rules.