Lawrence Kasdan Accepts King Vidor Award

The King Vidor Award presentation has been a tradition ever since the first SLO Film Fest began in 1994, when director George Sidney was presented with the first award for Excellence in Filmmaking from Mary Harris. And so began the annual tradition of awarding a successful motion picture industry personality with the prestigious award on the stage of the beautiful Fremont Theatre in downtown San Luis Obispo. 

This year, our Festival was stopped before it could start, and the highly anticipated awards night honoring talented screenwriter/director/producer Lawrence Kasdan was cancelled. He was a very unique honoree this year too. He not only has the kind of impressive and prolific career that King Vidor did, but he continues to push the envelope and delve into new genres. Kasdan and his wife Meg would have also been attending as festival filmmakers for their screenings of a brand new documentary they had directed and produced, called LAST WEEK AT ED’S

They were as disappointed as we were that they could not be here but we do hope to have them attend next year, along with the wonderful Ben Mankiewicz who was looking forward to chatting with him after the award presentation.

Meanwhile, we are delighted to share Lawrence Kasdan’s acceptance speech, delivered straight to us from his lush backyard in Los Angeles! Congratulations from all of us at the SLO Film Fest!

Check out the New Times article about Lawrence Kasdan’s incredible career.


AGE OF CHAMPIONS was inspirational in 2012 but 8 years later it might even be more timely! Our audiences loved this entertaining and often amazing look at sports, aging and what is possible. We are delighted to bring back AGE OF CHAMPIONS and salute the athletes, the filmmakers who documented their awesome strength and determination…and everyone else who is challenging time and gravity and “going for gold” in their own way.


2019 FILM – ABOVE THE CLOUDS – NOW STREAMING

ABOVE THE CLOUDS, an audience favorite at our 2019 film festival and sold out three screenings is now available on Amazon Prime to stream! This is a beautiful coming of age story with an incredible scenic landscape

2019 FILM – WORKING MAN – NOW STREAMING

The Hollywood Reporter called WORKING MAN  “A potent tribute to out-of-work Americans.” 
An important film and timely drama, view all the streaming options here.


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 one of our 2020 Director Sponsors, JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery.

Since 2013, JUSTIN has donated over $500,000 to local non-profit organizations through grants and employee-directed donations. The SLO Film Festival has been a proud beneficiary of this generosity for several years now. JUSTIN also donates and pours its award winning wine at many of our special events, and is an ongoing co-sponsor of our King Vidor After-Party. Join us in raising a glass to our amazing sponsor – JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery!


We hope you’re enjoying the Best in the Fest films, please send us your feedback or let us know what your watching! You can still view past weeks Best in the Fest Films here.

Wendy, Skye and the SLO Film Fest Board and Staff

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