Take A Trip Down Memory Lane with Ten Years of “Best in Fest” Movies

Each year our audiences have the opportunity to vote on their favorite movies throughout the festival. The movie that gets the highest score of all is dubbed the BEST IN THE FEST! Being voted the audience favorite is a very high honor, and besides the obvious bragging rights, winners get a two-night stay at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort in Avila Beach along with the coveted Best in the Fest laurels. 

We are having some fun digging into the archives now to share ten exceptional films with our festival audiences over the next 10 weeks. They were incredible movies when they won…and they still are!!

In March of 2014, we were thrilled to present BOTSO, a locally-produced film featuring 92-year old Morro Bay resident, “Botso” Korishelli. To the delight of the audience that day, Botso was in attendance. When it went on to win the Neil Travis Best in the Fest award, no one was in the least bit surprised.

Made by a team of local filmmakers led by Tom Walters (SLO Film Fest board member), Hilary Grant and David Thayer, the film has garnered awards and praise wherever it has been screened. It was the NY Times Critics Pick in the fall of 2014 – “…an enchanting film.” The Hollywood Reporter called it “…a deserving homage to a life well lived” and the LA Times praised it, saying “He created a world of musical magic!

It is available now at no charge for one month (April 15 – May 15) courtesy of the producers.

Did you miss film festival day? You can still join us until Sunday, April 19th for the screening of PHOENIX, OREGON. When you purchase a ticket for only $6.50 using the link below, proceeds will be split with the SLO Film Festival!

We had three very successful screenings of COLLISIONS at last year’s festival, and are excited to share the news that it has been nominated for a NAMIC Vision Award. The NAMIC awards honor “programming that reflects the lives, spirit and contributions of people of color that mirrors the diverse composition of the viewing audience.

COLLISIONS is partnering with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) to support their Immigrant Worker Safety Net Fund – to provide the immediate financial support so desperately needed by workers and their families during this time.

From now through April 30, 50% of proceeds from sales of “COLLISIONS” will be donated to this fund.

Thank you to our 2020 sponsors for their loyal support of the SLO Film Fest and for looking for ways to also support our community in these challenging times.

Today’s Sponsor in the Spotlight is our 2020 Presenting Sponsor Hotel San Luis Obispo the home of our Festival HQ and Lounge.

The management and staff of Hotel San Luis Obispo have been supportive and excited about the SLO Film Fest since opening their doors last October. We were one of the first organizations to have an event in their ballroom when we presented “The Weird and Wonderful World of Industrial Musicals” and it became obvious that the hotel’s exquisite setting and location would be ideal for our Festival Hospitality Lounge. As a bonus, they agreed to let us use an empty space at the corner of the hotel for our Festival HQ. Unfortunately we didn’t have a chance to reap the full benefits of our partnership with Hotel San Luis Obispo, but just want to thank David, Lydia, Zoe, Marissa, Ryan, Kirsten and their entire staff for making us all feel welcome and well cared for! We look forward to future collaborations with this exciting new world-class hotel property.

We hope you enjoy our Watch at Home films! Stay home and stay healthy!

Wendy, Skye and the SLO Film Fest Board and Staff

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