A Film/Wine/Fun time was had by all!

John with award_King_Vidor_Awards_2013_73We laughed. We cried. We learned. And most importantly, we had a great time!!! Thanks to all who participated in the 2013 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival and helped to make it quite possibly the best one ever. Early indications are showing that attendance and ticket sales are way up and the critical response to films and special events has been overwhelmingly positive.

Thank you to all our hard-working and passionate volunteers, our wonderful board and my assistant Nancy Joynt, and her assistant Rebecca Norman. This is a monumental effort that takes a “village” and once again, our village rose to the occasion.

sloiff_opening_night_2013_22Thank you to those of you who traveled to San Luis Obispo County and found out why we’ve been dubbed “the happiest place in America.” We enjoyed hosting you all and hope you come back soon!

Thank you to our sponsors – the loyal ones who have supported the festival year after year, and the new ones who decided that this special cultural event was worthy of their support.

Surf Nite_2013_Fremont marqueeFinally, thank you to the filmmakers and special guests who shared their incredible films and expertise with our community and visitors. Our mission is to “entertain, educate and inspire” and I think we succeeded in spades!
And speaking of spades, a special shout-out to magician Rich Ferguson who was seemingly everywhere, amazing innocent bystanders with his card tricks and illusions. It was truly a magical five days!

Rich entertainingStay tuned for news on encore screenings of winning films coming soon to the Palm Theatre,
as well as an opportunity to win 2014 Movie Mogul passes.

Many thanks and best wishes,

Wendy Eidson
SLOIFF Festival Director