Become a sponsor!

The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival provides a unique opportunity for your brand or business to connect authentically with your audience!

 

Having grown from an intimate local celebration of classic films in 1993, to the Central Coast’s premiere annual event that celebrates the power of storytelling through independent cinema. We pride ourselves in sourcing culturally innovative films from around the world, and aim to unite people through the immersive experience of seeing their stories play out on the big screen. 

Why Sponsor?

By choosing to become a sponsor during our six day annual festival, or for one of our many other community events taking place throughout the year, our film festival provides the opportunity for our sponsors to connect, interact, engage, and inspire their audience through a unique platform while uplifting the many diverse voices that will create positive change within our community of film lovers along the Central Coast.

CONNECT • ENGAGE • INSPIRE

Our film festival has many sponsorship opportunities available. From sponsoring a film, a screening, or panel discussion to helping us put on educational workshops, competitions, programs, or special events, we are happy to work with your brand to find a sponsorship opportunity that aligns best with your marketing goals.

Our sponsors receive continuous media coverage throughout the year thanks to our generous media partners, coordinated social sharing, and are featured in our annual printed program guide that is distributed amongst festival attendees and our extensive mailing list. 

Check out our sponsorship deck for more information or schedule an appointment to discuss your marketing goals with our Development Director by emailing sponsorship@slofilmfest.org!

Media partners

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sponsorship Tiers


Partner with us to promote your brand, reach your audience, and receive media coverag

Presenting sponsors enjoy a variety of on-site, digital, and print benefits along with visibility on all festival promotional materials continuously throughout the year.

On-Site Benefits

  • Exclusive title of Presenting Sponsor of annual SLO Film Festival
  • 30-second ad/commercial plays first before each screening
  • Exclusive sponsorship activation space
  • Logo will appear first during the pre-show video at all in-person and virtual screenings
  • Logo included on step & repeat banner at all annual SLO Film Festival red carpet events
  • Verbal recognition and thank you from stage at all in-person screenings

 

Digital Benefits

  • Featured email announcing sponsorship with small ad
  • Logo with link featured in footer of all annual festival emails
  • One featured post on SLO Film Festival social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LetterBox) announcing presenting sponsorship


Print Benefits

  • Front cover logo in printed program guide
  • Full color, full page back cover ad space in printed program guide (5,000 copies distributed)
  • Name included on all annual SLO Film Festival Press releases announcing presenting sponsorship

 
*additional ticketing benefits available upon request

Executive Producer level sponsors enjoy sponsoring a Red Carpet Event along with a variety of on-site, digital, and print benefits.

On-Site Benefits

  • Exclusive sponsorship of a Red Carpet Event
  • Logo will be featured during the pre-show video at all in-person and virtual screenings
  • Verbal recognition and thank you from stage at all in-person screenings

 

Digital Benefits

  • Featured email announcing sponsorship with small ad with logo and link 
  • One featured post on SLO Film Festival social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LetterBox) announcing sponsorship
  • Featured logo and link on sponsorship page of SLO Film Fest website


Print Benefits

  • Full color, full page inside cover ad space in printed program guide (5,000 copies distributed)
  • Featured logo in printed program guide
 
*additional ticketing benefits available upon request!

Producer level sponsors enjoy sponsoring a Filmmaker Award and presenting it at the Independent Filmmaker Award Ceremony during Closing Night.

 

On-Site Benefits

  • Exclusive sponsorship of a filmmaker award
  • Logo will be featured during the pre-show video at all in-person and virtual screenings
  • Verbal recognition and thank you from stage at all in-person screenings

 

Digital Benefits

  • Featured email announcing sponsorship with small ad with logo and link 
  • One featured post on SLO Film Festival social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LetterBox) announcing sponsorship
  • Featured logo and link on sponsorship page of SLO Film Fest website

 

Print Benefits

  • Full color, half page ad in printed program guide (5,000 copies distributed)
  • Featured logo in printed program guide
 
*additional ticketing benefits available upon request

 

Director level sponsors enjoy sponsoring either a Special Event or co-sponsoring a Red Carpet Event.

On-Site Benefits

  • Logo will be featured on a shared slide during the pre-show video at all in-person and virtual screenings
  • Verbal recognition and thank you at your sponsored event

Digital Benefits

  • Featured email announcing sponsorship with small ad with logo and link 
  • One featured post on SLO Film Festival social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LetterBox) announcing sponsorship
  • Featured logo and link on sponsorship page of SLO Film Fest website

Print Benefits

  • Full color, quarter page ad in printed program guide (5,000 copies distributed)
  • Logo in printed program guide
 
*additional ticketing benefits available upon request

Cinematographer level sponsors enjoy sponsoring a special program.

On-Site Benefits

  • Logo will be featured on a shared slide during the pre-show video at all in-person and virtual screenings
  • Verbal recognition and thank you at your sponsored screening

 

Digital Benefits

  • Featured logo and link on sponsorship page of SLO Film Fest website

 

Print Benefits

  • Logo in printed program guide (5,000 copies distributed)
 
*additional ticketing benefits available upon request

Lead Actor level sponsors enjoy sponsoring a feature length film.

On-Site Benefits

  • Logo will be featured on a shared slide during the pre-show video at all in-person and virtual screenings
  • Verbal recognition and thank you at your sponsored screening

 

Digital Benefits

  • Featured logo and link on sponsorship page of SLO Film Fest website

 

Print Benefits

  • Logo in printed program guide (5,000 copies distributed)
 
*additional ticketing benefits available upon request

Supporting Cast level sponsors enjoy sponsoring a short film.

On-Site Benefits

  • Name listed on a shared slide during the pre-show video at all in-person and virtual screenings
  • Verbal recognition and thank you at your sponsored screening

 

Digital Benefits

  • Individual’s name or business name listed on the sponsorship page of SLO Film Fest website

 

Print Benefits

  • Name listed in printed program guide (5,000 copies distributed)
 
*additional ticketing benefits available upon request

The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival is an IRS-approved, 501c3 non-profit public charity.
Donations and sponsorships are eligible for up to a 100% tax deduction depending on benefits received.

how will your support help us?

We are an inclusive festival. Help us keep us keep it that way.

Help our operating Costs

Generous support from our sponsors and donors help us to cover up to half of our operating costs. Not only will you be assisting us support our dedicated small staff of three, but you will also be assisting us support our valued local venues, cover AV costs, and advertising and marketing costs.

Fund Film Education

Help us provide educational opportunities such as
discussion panels, post-screening Q&A's, or supporting budding filmmakers through our
Filmmakers of Tomorrow Showcase for film-lovers of all ages along the Central Coast.

Support other Local
Non-Profits

By screening a film that aligns with their mission and values, our film festival allows for incredible partnerships with other local non-profits to help amplify voices and lift up others in our local community.

Join our family!

Join our community of film enthusiasts and enjoy year-round exclusive benefits & perks!