Our Next Best in Fest Film: An Act of Love

The SLO Film Fest strives to present an eclectic mix of films each year with the goal of attracting a wide ranging audience, as well as sharing current global, national and local issues. We bring the world to San Luis Obispo for those six days of film, wine and fun and we’re always excited to welcome truly awe-inspiring filmmakers to attend and bring their amazing stories to share with our festival audiences.

This was definitely the case with our 2016 Audience Award winner, AN ACT OF LOVE. Director/Producer Scott Sheppard remembers his visit to our festival very fondly. He attended with the subject of the documentary, Rev. Frank Schaefer. They had recently won the Audience Award at the Mill Valley Film Festival, which was just the start of their successful festival run.

“I had a great experience at the SLO Film Festival with Rev. Frank and Brigitte Schaefer. There was something truly special about the screenings there and the audiences really embraced our documentary. We enjoyed the parties, seeing other great films, and the gift baskets were amazing with locally produced foods and wine. I’ll be sure to come back with future projects.” – Scott Sheppard, May 2020

Lexi Brenner, Scott Sheppard, Frank Schaefer, Brigitte Schaefer


Missed Film Festival Day? You can still catch the virtual screening of the documentary LIFE IN SYNCHRO and filmmaker Q&A. PLUS, when you purchase tickets using the link below, proceeds will be split between us and the filmmakers! 

The film follows one of the world’s best-selling artists as she defied genres and paved the way for her own sound and place in the world. Illustrated with concert footage, interviews with musical legends like Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Don Henley, and narrated by Ronstadt herself, learn of her glorious career rise and its untimely end due to a neurodegenerative disease.

We’ve made it even easier for you to access and stream our past festival films! Now located in one place we will regularly update this page with new streaming links on how to view our festival selections from past years.

Discover & watch films during this first ever 10-day global film festival, May 29 – June 7, co-curated by over 20 film festivals from across the world. Check out the lineup 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 Directors, The Tribune.

A longtime sponsor of the SLO Film Festival The Tribune is San Luis Obispo County’s leading media organization for 148 years and counting.  Even through a major transition to digital media and tough times, they have always featured our Festival in advertising, celebrity interviews, and overall event coverage.  Over the years they have done this for many of our local non-profits, and we commend their overall community involvement and support.  Many thanks from us to The Tribune!

It’s certainly an interesting time and we hope you’re enjoying the Best in the Fest films and other streaming opportunities. 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

Purchased tickets for the 2020 Film Festival? You have until June 15th to let us know what you like to do with your tickets! Please visit here to explore ticketing options.

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