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HOW TO FEST!

We are one sleep away from the 2021 SLO FILM FESTIVAL! It’s unlike anything we’ve ever done before, so we’ve broken down all the tips, tricks and tools you need to have the best week ever!

There are many ways to enjoy the festival this year, either by purchasing a pass, buying an individual ticket, or a ticket package. Regardless of how many films you’ll be seeing, we’ve got some steps here to make the experience easier.

HOW TO WATCH FILMS

  • Access for most films starts on Tuesday, March 9th at 9:00AM PST. (Except Opening & Closing Night) You can watch the films at any time during the six days of the festival.
  • Computer or TV?! We have both options! You can watch the films on your desktop, Chromecast to your TV, OR download the Elevent TV app on your Roku or Apple TV. It’s that simple! 
  • Access the WATCH PORTAL 
  • Still having trouble? View our Virtual FAQ
  • DON’T MISS OUT! We have over 65 Q&As with filmmakers. You can find these in the Bonus Content area when watching the films.

VOTING

Voting for our Audience Awards is extrremely important to our filmmakers and very easy to do this year! When your watching a film, You’ll see a five star rating next to the “Play and Watch Later” buttons, make sure to vote! 
5 stars – Great!
4 stars- Good but not great
3 stars – Pretty good
2 stars – Meh!
1 star – Not really a fan


SOCIAL HUB

One our favorite parts of the festival we’re going to miss this year is standing in line at the Palm Theatre, catching up with old friends and chatting about our favorite films. We’ve made this easy to do using a platform called Discord! You can have private chats with friends, post photos and videos AND directly talk or ask your burning questions to our filmmakers who will be actively participating! 


THE CONCESSIONS

Let’s be real, the best part about watching movies… is the snacks. We’ve got you covered this year by asking our filmmakers for food suggestions that pair with their films. We paired them with local SLO County restaurants for quite the impressive list! We also partnered with Foodjets, to make delivery a sinch! 


JUST ANNOUNCED


We’ve added some new fun experiences to the festival!
OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION AT HOTEL SAN LUIS OBISPO
Join us on the Piadina Garden Courtyard, Tuesday, March 9th, starting at 5:30pm, to kick off the week! Pick up a program guide and plan your festival with your pod over wood-fired pizzas and cocktails (socially distant of course).
  
KING VIDOR AWARDS TRIBUTE & LIVE VIRTUAL CONCERT WITH KENNY LEE LEWIS 
Passholders will get access to a King Vidor Tribute video highlighting the past winners and a live virtual concert of Kenny Lee Lewis w/ the Frenz (Steve Miller Band) from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.\
Local legend and shredding Steve Miller Band guitarist Kenny Lee Lewis is returning to the SLO Brew Rock Main Stage and he’s bringing his all-star band The Frenz with him! We will be live streaming the concert to our passholders.


We have a stellar line-up of panels including equity in filmmaking, musicians’ rights, and mixers with our filmmakers. All of these are FREE, so make sure to sign up for some insider knowledge! 


We hope this gets you excited for tomorrow and we can’t wait for you to join us for a wonderful week celebrating cinema. 

See you at the movies!

Skye McLennan & Wendy Eidson 
Festival Director // Artistic Director

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