We are happy to announce a unique collaboration with our 2020 Presenting Sponsor, Hotel San Luis Obispo. Beginning Sept. 9, every Wednesday evening you’ll be able to join us at Piadina on the Courtyard to sip  cocktails and savor delicious pizzas while classic films are projected onto the courtyard wall.  It promises to be a spectacular twilight dining experience!

A portion of the cocktail sales for the evening will be donated to the film festival and help us financially as we navigate our plans for next year’s film festival and year-round programming. We hope you enjoy this safe, socially distanced outdoor event.

Due to social-distancing, limited seating is available. We strongly encourage you to make reservations in advance.

SEPTEMBER FILM SCHEDULE

Note: Films are played silent with subtitles (if applicable) this is a dining experience and not intended to be a full sit down cinema event.

  • Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m.  – Charlie Chaplin in THE VAGABOND, THE IMMIGRANT, KID AUTO RACES IN VENICE
  • Sept. 16,  7:15 p.m. – Buster Keaton in THE GENERAL
  • Sept. 23, 7 p.m. – Lon Chaney and Patsy Ruth Miller in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
  • Sept. 30, 7 p.m.   Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in HIS GIRL FRIDAY

EARLY BIRD SUBMISSION DISCOUNT – ENDING MONDAY SEPTEMBER 7TH
Don’t miss your last chance to take advantage of our early-bird discount to submit your film! We have two new categories this year — Best Music Video and Best Animation. We can’t wait to receive your submissions! 


It’s been a rough several months, but we remain optimistic about the SLO Film Festival’s future and hope to announce future collaborations soon. Now, more than ever, independent cinema has an important role to play in shaping our future. 

Watching movie stars gather at the Venice Film Festival this week gave us a twinkle of hope that we may be able to enjoy cinema together again soon.  Until then, we look forward to seeing you at Cinema Piadina! (distantly of course)! 

See you at the movies!

Skye McLennan & Wendy Eidson 
Festival Director // Artistic Director