Youth Film Competition Now Open!

Our deadline for adult-made films has come and gone, but we are still accepting films made by young filmmakers, high school age and younger. Films under 10 minutes from all over the world can now be submitted on Film Freeway or directly to us until January 13, 2020.

If you know a young filmmaker, please pass this along. Selected movies will be screened during our 2020 film festival. All films will vie for cash awards too! And here’s the best thing…there is no entry fee!

Filmmakers must be 18 or younger and they MUST be the primary filmmakers too! (sorry mom and dad…it’s not that we don’t think you’re very talented too…)

We are looking for good films by elementary, middle and high school students. To find out more about the Filmmakers of Tomorrow Showcaseclick here!


Take Advantage of Early Bird Prices on 2020 Fest Passes!

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The holidays are almost here and what better way to show you care than the gift of film? Our early bird pricing ends December 31st. Our all access Movie Mogul pass provides access to all of our special events, like Surf Night, Opening Night and the King Vidor Gala evening. And in 2020, that pass will give the pass holder early admission before other pass holders. Find out more about all our passes here.


5 Point Film Festival Comes to SLO!

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The 5Point Adventure Film Festival and SLO Film Festival will present an exciting film program at the Fremont Theatre on Saturday, December 7th. Featuring the best of their 2019 festival’s short adventure films, they include stories about climbing, biking, skiing, water sports and running. These action sports films are guaranteed to look awesome on the Fremont Theatre’s giant screen!  Purchase tickets here.

 

 


We look forward to receiving your films! And don’t forget the 5Point Adventure Film Festival tomorrow, December 7th. Proceeds support our 2020 Festival and we hope to see you there!

See you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson & Skye McLennan
SLO Film Fest Director & Associate Director

#MOVIES MATTER!

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Another #GivingTuesday is here and by now, you’ve probably been bombarded with plenty of Giving Tuesday emails. You may be wondering how to best use your limited resources to help as many charities as possible, while also supporting the organizations you love. We are privileged to be in such a giving community with so many wonderful organizations doing important work.

So why do movies matter?
Film helps foster a community, tells our stories and give us access to stories from around the world. We believe in exposing the San Luis Obispo community to diverse and important stories, stories that will help create change in our world, promote dialogue, make you laugh, cry and think!

Sponsor a movie!
One of the many ways you can support is by sponsoring a film. This gives you a unique opportunity to support a charity, organization or story that aligns with you. Our films cover a broad range of topics including environmental issues, art, healthcare, music, politics, mental health and more. Your support has a direct impact in getting these stories exposed to a wide audience.

Your donation goes directly to operating expenses like marketing, venues, rentals, film licensing, artist travel and much more. Movies Matter and we need and appreciate your support to help our festival continue to grow and thrive!

DONATE NOW


Early Bird Passes on Sale!

A quick reminder that our 2020 Festival Passes are all on sale now at a discounted price until December 31st. Festival passes make a great gift, and we are happy to personalize a message to the recipient if you let us know when you order.

Buy Passes now!


Show Your Support by Attending the 5Point Film Festival

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The 5Point Adventure Film Festival and SLO Film Festival will present an exciting film program at the Fremont Theatre on Saturday, December 7th. Featuring the best of their 2019 festival’s short adventure films, they include stories about climbing, biking, skiing, water sports and running. These action sports films are guaranteed to look awesome on the Fremont Theatre’s giant screen!  Proceeds from ticket sales go directly to the SLO Film Festival! Purchase tickets here.


Looking forward to seeing you at SLO Film Fest 26, but meanwhile, have a great holiday season and thanks for your support in making #moviesmatter!

See you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson & Skye McLennan
SLO Film Fest Director & Associate Director

The SLO Film Festival Thanks You!

The leaves are falling and temperature is dropping. While the turkey’s roasting and the potatoes are boiling, we’ll be reflecting on the past year and all the generosity you’ve shown our festival. THANK YOU to our volunteers, staff, board members, sponsors, filmmakers and patrons who make the SLO Film Festival what it is today.


Films to Be Thankful For:

Here’s a short list of films to get you through the holiday weekend:

Pieces of April (2003)
Truly one of Katie Holmes finest (and often underrated) roles, she shines in this dysfunctional family drama that we can all sort of relate to.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Need a laugh? Nothing says the holidays like John Hughes and this great classic! Two comedy greats, Steve Martin and John Candy deliver hilarious gags that make this Thanksgiving adventure unforgettable.

The House of Yes (1997)
Marty is eager to bring his new fiancé (Tori Spelling) home for Thanksgiving to his eccentric family. Highlights are Indie goddess Parker Posey as a Jackie Kennedy obsessed sister in this unique black comedy.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)
It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the Peanuts gang and good old “Holidays always depress me” Charlie Brown.

What’s your favorite holiday film? Let us know!


Give the Gift of Film!

Take advantage of our early bird discount on 2020 Film Festival passes which ends on December 31st! Our passes make fantastic gifts for family and friends and there is something for everyone! Find out more about our passes here


5Point Film Festival Comes to SLO!

Photo 6 G0180701The 5Point Adventure Film Festival and SLO Film Festival will present an exciting film program at the Fremont Theatre on Saturday, December 7th. Featuring the best of their 2019 festival’s short adventure films, they include stories about climbing, biking, skiing, water sports and running. These action sports films are guaranteed to look awesome on the Fremont Theatre’s giant screen!  Purchase tickets here.


Last Deadline to Submit to the 2020 Film Festival!

Hurry up! December 2nd is your last chance to submit to our 2020 Film Festival! You can submit via FilmFreeway by clicking here.

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Fine Lines Now Available for Pre-Order on iTunes

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2019 SLO Film Festival documentary Fine Lines is now available for pre-order on iTunes! For nearly three years, filmmaker Dina Khreino followed 20 world-class athletes to learn what compels them to leave behind families, friends and every day comforts to risk everything for a fleeting glimpse into the unknown. Pre-order by clicking here.


Again, we’d like to thank you for generous support and kindness, and we hope that you have a memorable and wonderful holiday. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve been cooking up for 2020.

Thank you,

SLO Film Festival Team

Late Film Submission Deadline Tomorrow!

filmfreeway-submit-buttonWe’ve been receiving some incredible film submissions but there’s still room for more! Monday, November 18 is our Late Deadline and your second last chance to submit your film to SLO Film Fest 2020!  There’s a reason why MovieMaker Magazine has consistently put us on their “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” list, and that FilmFreeway named us to their “Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals” list. Submit today!


5Point Film Adventure Festival Comes to SLO!

Photo 6 G0180701The 5Point Adventure Film Festival and SLO Film Festival will present an exciting film program at the Fremont Theatre on Saturday, December 7th. Featuring the best of their 2019 festival’s short adventure films, they include stories about climbing, biking, skiing, water sports and running. These action sports films are guaranteed to look awesome on the Fremont Theatre’s giant screen!  Purchase tickets here.


Take Advantage of Early Bird Prices on 2020 Fest Passes!

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The holidays are almost here and what better way to show you care than the gift of film? Our early bird pricing ends December 31st. Our all access Movie Mogul pass provides access to all of our special events, like Surf Night, Opening Night and the King Vidor Gala evening. And in 2020, that pass will give the pass holder early admission before other pass holders. Find out more about all our passes here.


Filmmakers, time is running out! November 18th is our Late Deadline and December 2nd is our Extended Deadline. Submit your films asap. And don’t forget the 5Point Adventure Film Festival on December 7th. Proceeds support our 2020 Festival and we hope to see you there!

See you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson & Skye McLennan
SLO Film Fest Director & Associate Director

The Weird and Wonderful World of Industrial Musicals Comes to SLO!

SFF_Bathtubs-Fall-Fundraiser_Ticket-Header_1000x550_20191007 We’re incredibly excited for our upcoming event on November 8th at the brand new Hotel San Luis Obispo. This will be your first chance to experience the newest hotel addition to  San Luis Obispo while also enjoying the weird and wonderful world of industrial musicals featuring motivational show tunes about selling tractors, bathtubs, and dog food that the public was never meant to see!

The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival will host an unusual one-two punch of comedy and music on Friday, November 8th, as Steve Young, former David Letterman writer and star of the acclaimed documentary Bathtubs Over Broadway, screens the film at the Palm Theater and participates in a Q & A session before moving next door to Hotel San Luis Obispo to present a selection of vintage industrial musicals on film that can be seen nowhere else.

Bathtubs Over Broadway – Palm Theatre – 5:00pm
Steve Young’s Weird & Wonderful World of Industrial Musicals Live Show – Hotel San Luis Obispo Ballroom (next to Palm Theatre)
Cocktail greeting – 7:30pm
Live show with wine and appetizers – 8:00pm
Click here to buy tickets


Film Submission Deadline Today (October 14th)

filmfreeway-submit-buttonDon’t miss your opportunity to submit your film to the 2020 SLO Film Festival. Find out why we are one of the “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee” named by MovieMaker magazine. You can submit via Film Freeway.


Live the Stream Now Available for Pre-Order

livethestream 2019 SLO Film Festival favorite, Live The Stream: The Story of Joe Humphreys is now available for pre-order on iTunes. Live The Stream is the inspiring life story of Pennsylvania’s fly fishing legend, Joe Humphreys, a man who was born to fly fish, lives to teach, and strives to pass on a respect for our local waters. This is a visually stunning film that captures Joe’s contagious spirit and seemingly, at 86-years-young, trout streams are his fountains of youth.  Click here to pre-order 


We’re so excited to see you at the Weird and Wonderful World of Industrial Musicals! This will be a great way to kick off the holiday season!

See you at the movies!
Wendy Eidson & Skye McLennan
SLO Film Fest Director & Associate Director

SLO Film Fest Fall Fundraisers just announced!

SFF_Bathtubs-Fall-Fundraiser_Ticket-Header_1000x550_20191007Every fall, the SLO Film Fest comes up with an exciting new ways to generate some FUNds for the upcoming festival, and remind you all it’s coming. This year we are planning three very unique events in October, November and December that you won’t want to miss!

For ONE NIGHT ONLY, the bizarre and hilarious world of Industrial Musicals comes to San Luis Obispo! Motivational show tunes about selling tractors, bathtubs, and dog food that the public was never meant to see!

The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival will host an unusual one-two punch of comedy and music on Friday, November 8th, as Steve Young, former David Letterman writer and star of the acclaimed documentary Bathtubs Over Broadway, screens the film at the Palm Theater and participates in a Q & A session before moving next door to Hotel San Luis Obispo to present a selection of vintage industrial musicals on film that can be seen nowhere else.

Bathtubs Over Broadway Palm Theatre – 5:00pm Steve Young’s Weird & Wonderful World of Industrial Musicals Live show Hotel San Luis Obispo Ballroom (next to Palm Theatre) Cocktail greeting – 7:30pm Live show with wine and appetizers – 8:00pm

Click here for more information and to buy tickets! 


DRACULA at SLO BREW on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27

dracposterJoin us and Coastal Awakening on Sunday, October 27 at SLO Brew’s Rock for a spooky screening of DRACULA! This is the original 1931 movie starring Bela Lugosi with a bonus: an incredible Philip Glass score recorded in 1999 by Kronos Quarter accompanying this ageless film. Come early to enjoy food and drink from the SLO Brew Rock kitchen and bar available for purchase before the movie.

And don’t forget to come dressed in Vampire finery! You might just win a prize in our costume contest.

 

Doors open at 6pm – Food & Drinks for purchase
Movie starts at 7pm and Costume contest is at 8:30pm
Tickets: $15/$12 Students
  Click here to purchase tickets


OUTDOOR FILMS at the FREMONT THEATER on Saturday, December 7th https___cdn.evbuc_.com_images_70863487_319410063145_1_original5 Points Film Festival is traveling to San Luis Obispo and will play at the Fremont Theater for one night only. Don’t miss an opportunity to see exciting and impactful adventure films. Click here to purchase tickets. Proceeds go to the 2020 SLO Film Festival.

We hope to see you at these great events this fall! Your attendance will help make our 2020 film festival the best yet!

See you at the movies!
Wendy Eidson & Skye McLennan
SLO Film Fest Director & Associate Director

2020 Festival Passes On Sale Now! 

We are excited to announce that 2020 Movie Mogul, Movie Star & Movie Fanatic passes are now on sale! Don’t miss out on these early bird prices that will increase on December 31st, 2019.

Also new: our highlight reel from the 2019 SLO Film Fest, produced by Kyle and Carlos Plummer of SuperImage, Ltd. They do an amazing job of covering our festival each year, capturing the fun and excitement. Check it out – you just might see yourself!

We’ve been working on some changes over the summer and are very excited to announce that we have a new ticketing partner! ELEVENT specializes in film festivals so we look forward to working with them to continue to improve and streamline our venue and ticketing operations in the coming years.

During your first purchase, you will update your information and set up your new account. When purchasing passes you’ll also be able to provide your credential information that you want to have printed on your pass that you’ll wear at the festival. You can pick up these passes at our HQ in Late February/March. Please keep your receipt and order confirmation.

Movie Mogul Pass – Early Bird Price $360
Feel like the ultimate celebrity with full festival access for all 6 days. Admission for one person to all Festival screenings, workshops/panels, Red Carpet events and other Special Events. Pass includes full access to Festival VIP Lounge offering food, wine, beer and entertainment.
New for 2020 Festival: Priority VIP entry line, allows priority admission up to 30 minutes before screening time.

Movie Star – Early Bird Price $200
This pass is perfect for the movie lover who wants to take in as many films and panels as possible! It provides admission for one person to all regular Festival screenings, panels and workshops for 6 days. Also includes weekday daytime access to the Festival VIP Lounge.

Movie Fanatic Ticket Package – Early Bird Price $80
If your time is limited this is an ideal pass. Admission for one person to six regular Festival screenings, or two people for three screenings. This pass is listed under Ticket Packages now.

We are looking forward to announcing a couple of exciting fall fundraising events very shortly so please stay tuned!

Happy fall! See you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson & Skye McLennan
SLO Film Fest Director & Associate Director