MISSION STATEMENT: To expand minds, open hearts, and entertain people through worldwide independent cinema.

VISION STATEMENT: Provide a year-round destination for international independent cinema, promoting diversity, understanding, education, and inclusion through engaging storytelling.  Our world-class annual festival in San Luis Obispo County, along with events throughout the year, provide a venue for international and local filmmakers, exposing an ever-expanding range of audiences to new ideas and experiences.

Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, surrounded by lush vineyards, ranchland and a 100-mile coastline, the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLO Film Fest) is headquartered in the quaint, sophisticated downtown of San Luis Obispo on the spectacular Central Coast of California. As a premiere 6-day annual event, the SLO Film Fest showcases contemporary and classic film screenings in a wide variety of venues, from the city’s classic art deco Fremont Theatre, to the popular independent Palm Theatre, with a variety of unexpected venues from the wine country of Paso Robles to the seaside town of Morro Bay.

Variety is the spice of life, and the SLO Film Festival is proud to embrace that philosophy in its programming. From cutting edge documentaries to tried and true cinema classics, the SLO Film Fest celebrates film on the ‘big screen’ by offering something for everyone. Experience HOLLYWOOD & WINES EVENTS that pair excellent local wines with film classics. Or the RED CARPET EVENTS, where we welcome celebrities from Hollywood filmmakers to action sports legends.

Enjoy premieres of INDEPENDENT FILMS – films that you may not have a chance to see anywhere else. Filmmakers from all over the world attend the Festival and offer informative Q & A sessions after the screening of their films.