Get ready…here comes the SLO International Film Festival!

Sports documentaries are playing all over SLO County in venues including the Avila Beach Community Center

Sports documentaries are playing all over SLO County in venues including the Avila Beach Community Center

There’s so much to talk about, it’s hard to know where to start. Do you like running, surfing, cycling or snowboarding? Ever tried Quidditch? We’ve got a movie for you. Do you prefer more cerebral activities like reading, gender studies, politics, social justice? We’ve got movies for you too.

How about farming, gardening, travel, softball, dogs, fishing, wine, music, drugs, science or aging? Any of those topics sound interesting? Then we have at least one great new movie for you too!

Short films liked LAMBING SEASON play before features, and in Shorts Programs throughout the festival.

Short films like LAMBING SEASON play before features, and in Shorts Programs throughout the festival.

By now you’re probably getting the message – we have such a wonderful eclectic program this year, it’s really hard to focus on any one film to tell you about…they’re ALL good! And they’re made by extremely talented, creative and intelligent people, many of who will be visiting SLO County to be here for entertaining Q&A sessions after their movies.

So, take a look at the website if you haven’t already, and plan to take in one or more of these exciting movies, panels, seminars and/or special events during the coming week. Beginning with our Opening Night party and film, THE ROAD WITHIN, on Tuesday, March 10th and all the way through to our Closing Night Sing-along – SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN with closed captioning, we have an EPIC Film Festival happening throughout SLO County.

Sing along to one of the best musical comedies ever, closing night at the Fremont Theatre.

Sing-along to one of the best musical comedies ever made, closing night at the Fremont Theatre.

Consider a Festival Pass if you haven’t already bought one. A pass will give you access to films and events that might sell out (you must be there 15 min. before the screening to guarantee seating.)

If any movies do sell out, we’ll do our best to schedule an extra screening on the last day of the festival – Sunday, March 15th. We’ve left a few open slots for this reason, so watch for announcements of what will fill those slots by Saturday night.

The Fremont Theatre has generously offered to play all the winning films the week after the Festival (winners to be announced on Saturday evening) so that schedule will be posted by Sunday, March 15th.

Stop by and visit our ever-friendly Ticket Mistresses at our HQ (1007 Monterey St. SLO) during our expanded hours this week:
Monday March 9   11am – 5pm
Tuesday and Wed. March 10,11  11 am- 7:30pm
Thursday March 12  10 am – 7:30pm
Friday March 13  9:30 am – 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday, March 14, 15  9:30am – 5pm

They will happily sell you a pass or tickets to any of our special events (listed below) and you’ll find postcards and more information about movies that are playing too! Or purchase special event tickets online now.

Hope to see you at the SLOIFF very soon! Thanks for supporting one of the best cultural events on the Central Coast. MOVIES MATTER!

Sincerely,
Wendy Eidson
SLOIFF Festival Director


SPECIAL EVENTS ON SALE NOW…

Robert Sheehan will be in attendance for Opening Night, along with THE ROAD WITHIN director Gren Wells.

Robert Sheehan will be in attendance for Opening Night, along with THE ROAD WITHIN director Gren Wells.

THE ROAD WITHIN
Opening Night Event – March 10
Sponsored by USL & Luna Red Click here for details

SURF NITE  Double Feature – HOLLYWOOD DON’T SURF
&  BIG WEDNESDAY with
Big Wednesday Cast Reunion!
Sponsored by
The San Luis Obispo Collection
Thursday, March 12
Fremont Theatre, 6pm
Click here for details

SPIRIT OF THE MARATHON II – Saturday, March 14, 12pm
Sponsored by SLO Marathon – Click here for details

THE MASK YOU LIVE IN – Saturday, March 14, 3pm
Sponsored by Women’s Legacy Fund – Click here for details

Frieda Caplan will be at Spanos Theatre for a Q&A with director Mark Brian Smith.

FEAR NO FRUIT’s Frieda Caplan will be at Spanos Theatre for a Q&A with director Mark Brian Smith.

FEAR NO FRUIT – World Premiere March 11 & 12
Sponsored by Cal Poly Center for Expressive Technologies
Click here for details

THE BREAKFAST CLUB
Friday, March 13, 8:30pm
Sponsored by Union Bank & Q104.5 – Click here for details

FARMLAND – March 13 & 15
Sponsored by SLO Farm Bureau Click here for details

Peter Bogdanovich will receive the 21st King Vidor Award on 3/14

Peter Bogdanovich will receive the 21st King Vidor Award on 3/14

RED OBSESSION – March 12 & 15
Sponsored by Tooth & Nail Winery and
SLO Wine Country Association
Click here for details

INDEPENDENT FILM & KING VIDOR AWARDS
March 14, 7:00pm
Sponsored by BHE Renewables, KSBY-TV, Martin Resorts and New Times – Click here for details

FESTIVAL PASSES are available in a variety of options – Click here for details and to purchase.