Pre-Holiday announcements from SLO Film Fest…

Is it really just about Thanksgiving? As the time flies, we continue to pick up the pace on our preparations for the coming SLO Film Fest 2018!

We have just opened our Festival Headquarters at the corner of Osos and Monterey Streets! It’s the same place we were last year, thanks to the huge generosity of the SLO Collection, loyal supporters of the SLO Film Fest for many years. It’s a wonderful location and we’ll have the office open for pass sales and general chit chat weekly, on Wednesday afternoons from noon to 5pm. Stop by and say hello and consider purchasing a pass or two as a holiday gift for a fellow movie-lover! Our early-bird prices end on December 31 so don’t wait too long. Click here for Festival Pass information.

Our Final Deadline for our George Sidney Independent Film Competition and the Central Coast Filmmaker Showcase is Monday, November 20th, so we hope all filmmakers can submit by then. For submission links and more information, click here.

This does not include the youth-oriented Filmmakers of Tomorrow competition though! That deadline is not until January 10, 2018 so kids still have the holidays to make a film and send it to us. We have a new award this year too! Sponsored by Pacific Wildlife Care, youth films that are about wildlife issues are eligible for a cash prize and a special screening with a feature-length film in the Festival. To find out more, please click here!

We love to partner with other Central Coast non-profits and this is just one example of how we do that. There are literally dozens of others that we partner with on movie events – the Women’s Legacy Fund, Tranz Central Coast, Restoration Partners, the Land Conservancy, Dune’s Center, the Latino Outreach Council, and OperaSLO, just to name a few. We also provide free or low cost tickets to organizations like the Grizzly Academy and to students of all ages to encourage them to come and see what the SLO Film Fest is all about.

We encourage you to consider supporting your favorite non-profit by sponsoring a movie (long or short) in their name. They get the publicity, and you get the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting two worthy organizations with one donation! For more information about how to do that, please contact Chris Aho –

We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving holiday! See you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson
SLO Film Fest Director