2018 Closing Night Awards

Presented by Annie & Luna

The 24th Annual SLO Film Fest winds up on the evening of Sunday, March 18th with an awards celebration for Central Coast Filmmakers, Youth Filmmakers and the coveted Audience Awards. Awards will be presented by City of San Luis Obispo officials and festival sponsors.

Then, Festival Founder Mary Harris, will present the 7th Annual Spotlight Award  to screenwriter/filmmaker, Robin Swicord. Following the presentation, Variety’s Jenelle Riley will host a discussion of Swicord’s distinguished and wide-ranging career.

Robin Swicord is primarily known for her work as a screenwriter for a number of critically acclaimed and beloved films including; MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA (which won a Satellite Award for Best Screenplay); LITTLE WOMEN (for which she co-produced, as well as received a Writers Guild Award nomination); MATILDA (which was co-written and co-produced with Nicholas Kazan); SHAG; THE PEREZ FAMILY; and PRACTICAL MAGIC. In 2009 Swicord received an Oscar nomination for her contribution to THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, a project Swicord originated and worked on for more than a decade. She has also written two plays that were produced off-Broadway (“Last Days at the Dixie Girl Café, and “Criminal Minds”).

Swicord made her feature-directing debut with Sony Picture Classic’s THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB, produced by Julie Lynn and John Calley, for which Swicord also wrote the screenplay adaptation. Most recently, she wrote and directed WAKEFIELD, starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner. She is currently collaborating with Ava DuVernay on DuVernay’s five-part miniseries about the Central Park Five, for Netflix.

Swicord will also participate on the screenwriter’s panel, “It All Starts with a Good Story” with her husband and frequent collaborator, Nicholas Kazan (REVERSAL OF FORTUNE), as well as former Spotlight Award recipient, Anthony Peckham (INVICTUS). The trio will discuss screenwriting and the current state of their trade as new opportunities arise in television, VOD and now-popular documentaries on Saturday, March 17, from 10:30AM-11:45AM in the Festival Hospitality Tent.

After the Spotlight Award, the Festival will close with the brand new 10 minute film by San Luis Obispo cinematographer, Robin Chilton. THIS PLACE: A BIRDS-EYE VIEW OF THE MAJESTIC CENTRAL COAST screened on Wednesday evening and we are excited to share it one more time with our Closing Night audience. Take a spectacular flight over the Central Coast and fall in love with the area for the first time…or all over again!

Sunday, March 18 – 6:00pm
Fremont Theatre, SLO
Free admission and all passes accepted