The SLO Film Festival Thanks You!

The leaves are falling and temperature is dropping. While the turkey’s roasting and the potatoes are boiling, we’ll be reflecting on the past year and all the generosity you’ve shown our festival. THANK YOU to our volunteers, staff, board members, sponsors, filmmakers and patrons who make the SLO Film Festival what it is today.


Films to Be Thankful For:

Here’s a short list of films to get you through the holiday weekend:

Pieces of April (2003)
Truly one of Katie Holmes finest (and often underrated) roles, she shines in this dysfunctional family drama that we can all sort of relate to.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Need a laugh? Nothing says the holidays like John Hughes and this great classic! Two comedy greats, Steve Martin and John Candy deliver hilarious gags that make this Thanksgiving adventure unforgettable.

The House of Yes (1997)
Marty is eager to bring his new fiancé (Tori Spelling) home for Thanksgiving to his eccentric family. Highlights are Indie goddess Parker Posey as a Jackie Kennedy obsessed sister in this unique black comedy.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)
It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the Peanuts gang and good old “Holidays always depress me” Charlie Brown.

What’s your favorite holiday film? Let us know!


Give the Gift of Film!

Take advantage of our early bird discount on 2020 Film Festival passes which ends on December 31st! Our passes make fantastic gifts for family and friends and there is something for everyone! Find out more about our passes here


5Point Film Festival Comes to SLO!

Photo 6 G0180701The 5Point Adventure Film Festival and SLO Film Festival will present an exciting film program at the Fremont Theatre on Saturday, December 7th. Featuring the best of their 2019 festival’s short adventure films, they include stories about climbing, biking, skiing, water sports and running. These action sports films are guaranteed to look awesome on the Fremont Theatre’s giant screen!  Purchase tickets here.


Last Deadline to Submit to the 2020 Film Festival!

Hurry up! December 2nd is your last chance to submit to our 2020 Film Festival! You can submit via FilmFreeway by clicking here.

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Fine Lines Now Available for Pre-Order on iTunes

Fine Lines

2019 SLO Film Festival documentary Fine Lines is now available for pre-order on iTunes! For nearly three years, filmmaker Dina Khreino followed 20 world-class athletes to learn what compels them to leave behind families, friends and every day comforts to risk everything for a fleeting glimpse into the unknown. Pre-order by clicking here.


Again, we’d like to thank you for generous support and kindness, and we hope that you have a memorable and wonderful holiday. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve been cooking up for 2020.

Thank you,

SLO Film Festival Team