SLO Film Fest: Film, WINE and Fun!

Check out our brand new promotional spot that will be seen on KSBY and in all our festival venues very soon!

Paso Robles’ Casey Biggs wrote the screenplay for “Heart of Paradise,” in which he also stars.

This year the SLO Film Fest has more WINE FILMS than ever…and more wine period! Our long list of wine sponsors continues to grow, and we are very fortunate to have so many world-class wineries on the Central Coast participating this year. Festival Sommelier, Ali Carscaden is busy curating wines for each day/night of the festival.

Wine Spectator thinks we’re cool! READ THE ARTICLE just posted today!

Four feature-length films and one short film about wine will be playing throughout the festival, in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles. Click the titles (below) for descriptions and screening information.

A young French family moves to Serbia to grow grapes and produce wine, and they believe they have discovered a promised land – one of the top five wine regions in Europe. The locals are dubious. Documentary.

Mark Tchelistcheff tells the epic story of his great uncle Andre, a Russian émigré who changed the world of wine forever. Documentary.

Meet Tolosa Winery’s newest Spanish wine, Perinet along with its winemaker at a special event that includes this documentary from Spain. Event details.

This story of sibling camaraderie and rivalry unfolds against the backdrop of a picturesque Burgundy winery, so sumptuous and gorgeous you can almost taste it! Comedy/Drama.

A story of four hearts who learn it’s never too late to find new love. By Paso Robles filmmaker, Dina Mande and filmed at Niner Wine Estates in Paso Robles. Romantic comedy.

And there’s more wine to be found all over the Festival. Whalebone Winery is hosting a reception before the screening of RUBY GENTRY, hosted by Paso Robles writer/film critic Kirk Honeycutt.

Daou Vineyards and Winery is hosting a private reception for Mark Tchelistcheff, and we thank Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance and Travel Paso for sponsoring his visit to the Central Coast.

Female winemakers will be featured at an event on Sunday, March 18 at the Fremont Theatre when female chefs and restaurant owners pair to compete in a culinary competition, hosted by actor French Stewart. Click here for more details and tickets.


R.I.P. Archie McLaren
Friend and supporter of the SLO Film Fest, Archie McLaren will be sadly missed. He was a colorful character and a passionate lover of the Central Coast….and of wine of course.

Last March, Archie participated in a short film about the history of his beloved Avila Beach, produced by Festival Assistant, Grace Tucker. He was in attendance for the Sunday afternoon screening and enjoyed the lively discussion with fellow Avila residents about its unique and colorful history.

In 2007, the SLO Film Fest benefitted from a $10,000 grant from Archie’s incredibly successful Central Coast Wine Classic, and every year I asked if we could apply again! We didn’t, but only because he made it possible for so many Central Coast organizations to benefit. I will never forget Archie and am grateful to have known him.

See you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson
SLO Film Fest Director