2019 Behind-the-Scenes Panels and More

Presented by City of San Luis Obispo  

Also sponsored by Blackhorse Espresso & Bakery

Enjoy muffins and coffee from Blackhorse Espresso & Bakery as you learn from the pros! Panels are free to all pass holders, and $5 for everyone else.


Fun Run with SLO Marathon’s Samantha Pruitt

Meet Samantha…on and off camera! This SLO dynamo will greet participants for a short talk about endurance running and lead you on a run through San Luis Obispo, ending at the Downtown Cinemas for the 10:15am screening of the Faces of Adventure film about her, RUNNING MAN OF PASADENA and ACCIDENTAL CLIMBER.

Sat March 16
8:00am
Festival Lounge


Indie Film PR and Distribution: A Crash Course 

Moderator: John Wildman, Festival Publicist
Panelists: Don Lewis (Editor, Hammer to Nail, and Producer, WORST IN SHOW, THE VIOLENT KIND, HOLY GHOST PEOPLE), Collette Freedman (Writer/Producer, MILES UNDERWATER, AND THEN THERE WAS EVE, SISTER CITIES), Jhennifer Webberley (Editor/Producer, MILES UNDERWATER, QUALITY PROBLEMS), Robin Hauser (Director, BIAS, TINO)

Get ready to take notes…. This panel will discuss and give filmmakers some concrete tips on how to create a financially savvy and realistic PR plan and approach for you and your film, as well as discuss the current landscape on the distribution front. Hear from some people that have gone through it, have had successes and faced challenges, yet came out on the other side. Moderated by SLO Film Fest Publicist, John Wildman.

Sat March 16
9:00-10:15AM
Festival Lounge


Walking Tour of SLO Filming Locations

Hosted by James Papp / Secret SLO

Take a walk around downtown with local architectural historian James Papp as he shares the scenes, shots, and background stories of movies filmed on location in San Luis Obispo—from “Murder by Numbers” to “Personal Best”—along with SLO’s place in Hollywood lore. It will be an extra colorful tour with Cal Poly students celebrating St. Patrick’s Day early that morning! A green beer will greet you on your return to the Lounge.

Sunday March 17
10:00-11:30am
Festival Lounge


Indie Filmmaking Today – making movies, making a living, getting your movies seen (rinse and repeat)

Moderator: John Wildman, Festival Publicist

The attending SLO Film Fest filmmakers will take part in a roundtable discussion about what it means to make their films today. Topics will include; “How do filmmakers balance their day jobs to pay the rent and eat while making and finishing their films?,” “How are relationships kept healthy during that process from script to the first screening?,” “What is the point of doing the film festival circuit – and what criteria do you use to decide which ones to submit to?” and in the current landscape, “What qualifies as success when it comes to making films now?”

Sun March 17
10:30-11:45AM
Festival Lounge