Holiday movies, gift ideas and more!

The SLO Film Fest is just around the corner, and like Santa, we are working hard in our little festival workshop to come up with the best films and movie events possible for SLO Film Fest 2018! Be sure to save the dates: March 13-18!

Consider buying your favorite movie lover (could even be yourself!) a Film Festival Pass as a gift this year. The passes are all ON SALE until January 1st, so take advantage of the early-bird savings. Click here to order! If you’d like to get a gift certificate before the holidays, email us at or call 805-546-FILM and we will come to the rescue! Our downtown Headquarters is open tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon from noon to 5pm. so stop by to pick up a pass. We’ll be closed on Wed. December 27th but back on Wednesday afternoons in January! The HQ is located at the corner of Osos and Monterey Streets – 1003 Osos.

There are so many good movies opening and in theatres right now, so enjoy the bounty of Oscar-season hopefuls! Hometown boy Zac Efron co-stars in THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, opening tomorrow! My personal favorite to date is THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI so if you like dark comedies, I suggest catching that one at the Palm Theatre. And don’t forget that classic Christmas movie – IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE – playing at the Downtown Cinemas on December 22 and 24th.

Stay tuned for news coming in January about SLO Film Fest special events. Our whole festival schedule will be unveiled in mid-February. We are very thankful to have wonderful venue partners in the Palm Theatre, Downtown Cinemas, Fremont Theatre, Park Cinemas and the Bay Theatre, and thanks to their generous support, it looks like we’ll be able to screen all of our festival films three times, instead of twice! So those festival passes are going to be very useful.

I would be remiss if I didn’t give a big shoutout to our local fire fighters who have been risking their lives to help fight fires for us and our neighbors to the North and South this year. Many of them will be giving up their holiday time with family to continue to keep the Thomas fire under control and Santa Barbara out of harms way. This has nothing to do with movies, but I just had to say THANK YOU!

The SLO Film Fest applauds heroes and we look forward to sharing many inspirational stories with you about amazing people helping to make our world a better place. Movies matter! 

Happy Hannukah and Merry Christmas from the SLO Film Fest board and staff!

Wendy Eidson
SLO Film Fest Director