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

Weird, Wonderful…and Definitely Memorable!

SLOFILMFESTEVENTFinalEditsFrancescaLeePhotography32of66.jpgLast night’s fundraising event at the Palm Theatre and Hotel SLO was everything we hoped it would be …and more! Special guest Steve Young entertained us with his funny and heart-felt documentary, and then followed up with rare and completely bizarre movies with musical tributes to things like Purina Dog Chow, “high tech” toilets, and the many uses of silicone in a love story that was as troubling as it was touching! To see wonderful photos of the evening by Francesca Rodriguez, click here!

SLOFILMFESTEVENTFinalEditsFrancescaLeePhotography23of66.jpgThank you to all who supported this event – from major sponsors, to silent auction donors, to attendees and volunteers! And thanks to Hotel SLO for hosting only a month after opening to the public. It is quite an amazing addition to the heart of downtown SLO, only steps from the Palm Theatre, SLO Rep, great restaurants, bars and stores.

Stay tuned for news in the coming months about the March 2020 SLO Film Fest. We are actively looking for film and event sponsors now, so please contact us if you’re interested. And festival passes are all discounted until the end of the year – and they make great gifts!

See you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson
SLO Film Fest 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

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is coming…and other news

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Wild and Scenic Film Festival is coming to the Central Coast!

Central Coast State Parks Association (CCSPA) invites you to join them as they host their third annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, September 14-22. This year’s Festival features a fantastic lineup of films and activities to inspire film enthusiasts, families, and lovers of the outdoors.

Last year, 300+ filmgoers attended films over three nights. This year, they are expanding the Festival with a gala “Butterfly Ball,” a screening at the Fremont Theater (with an after-party at SLO Brew), and a family film afternoon at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History.

Check out the film schedule, early bird tickets are still available till August 31st, you can purchase them here.

Historic Octagon Barn – Grand Opening – September 21st

Join The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County in celebrating the Grand Opening of the Octagon Barn Center. This free all-day event will be followed by a ticketed concert in the barn. The Shawn Clark Family Band will delight attendees with “music from the heartland.” Beer, wine and food will be available for purchase. Click here for for more info

SLO Film Festival Submissions – Early Bird Deadline, September 9th

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Filmmakers, take advantage of our early bird submission deadline September 9th, all submissions are now being submitted through Film Freeway.

Become a Sponsor for the SLO Film Fest 2020

The festival will be here before you know it! Sponsoring our festival is crucial to helping us to continue to provide and bring films and the filmmakers from around the world to San Luis Obispo. We offer a number of sponsorship opportunities with amazing festival perks, so what are you waiting for? Become a sponsor today!

See you at the movies!

Skye McLennan
SLO Film Fest Associate Director

Great filmmaker reviews for the SLO Film Fest!

We are very proud to announce that our festival has ranked as one of the Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals on FilmFreeway for the month of July!

According to reviews from real FilmFreeway users, our festival ranks in the top 1.5% of more than 8,000 film festivals and creative contests around the world.

FilmFreeway is the website that filmmakers from around the world use to submit their new films to a wide range of festivals around the globe. Click here to see our listing and read the reviews!

We’re especially proud to be in the company of 99 other amazing festivals that help independent film continue to thrive. As we say at the SLO Film Fest, Movies Matter!

We are accepting new films now for our March 2020 Festival, and our first early-bird deadline is coming up in early September. Click here to find out more about our competition rules and deadlines.

Stay tuned for news coming soon about some fun Fall Movie Events, 2020 Festival Passes and more!

See you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson
SLO Film Fest Director

SLO Film Fest is open for 2020 film submissions, SoCreate contest and news about Transformations!

The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival is gearing up for an epic 2020, and we’re ready to start accepting new film submissions from filmmakers all over the world. We’re searching for the very best new films of all lengths and genres, and have three different competition categories to submit to.

The George Sidney Independent Film Competition is open to all filmmakers and we typically choose about 35 short films and 35 feature-length documentary and narrative features. These Official Selections are screened three times during the 6-day festival and are eligible for cash prizes, as well as audience awards.

The Central Coast Filmmaker Showcase is open to filmmakers who live in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara or Monterey Counties. About 15 short and feature-length films are selected and will be screened on Wednesday, March 18, with a Red Carpet reception happening that evening as well. Those films are eligible for awards presented on the festival’s closing night, March 22.

To find out more about all competition rules, deadlines and fees, click here.

To submit to either of these categories, please go to Film Freeway and submit soon to take advantage of our early-bird fees.

Finally, the Filmmakers of Tomorrow Showcase is for youth filmmakers, 18 yrs old and younger. You can find all the rules for that competition by clicking here.


A local San Luis Obispo company is working on a new way for people of all ages to transform your amazing stories into scripts. Before you know it, you’ll be writing your very own movie, TV show, theatrical play, or YouTube masterpiece. It’ll be that easy.

And right now they have a cool promotion happening! Enter the SoCreate “So, Write Your Bills Away” Sweepstakes through July 12! One lucky winner will receive $3000 a month for three months to write a screenplay! For more information, click here and enter!


If you were lucky enough to catch TRANSFORMATIONS at our last festival, you’ll know what an inspiring and beautiful documentary it was…another great film from Alonso Mayo. He is excited to announce that it is now available to stream (at no cost), so watch and share!

Every year in Lawrence, Kansas, Brandon Eisman (aka “Deja Brooks”) teams up with other area drag queens to turn local women into divas for a pageant-style charity gala. But this year, Deja is only accepting local men who are “man enough” to discover what it means to go full drag. 39 min. USA
Director: Alonso Mayo / Producer: Nina Leidersdorff
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Stay tuned for more news coming soon. We are currently working on some changes that we think you’ll like and 2020 Festival Passes will go on sale in late August!

Enjoy the summer and stay cool if you can! Movie theatres are a great place to do that…and of course, the popcorn’s always better!
See you at the movies!
Wendy Eidson
SLO Film Fest Director

 

SLO Film Fest updates! Looking for screeners and Surf film alert

Happy June! We are staying busy working on ways to make our 26th Annual SLO Film Fest better than ever, and I look forward to sharing some exciting news and changes with you in the not-too-distant future.

Meanwhile, we are now accepting applications from anyone interested in being a “screener” for the 2020 SLO Film Festival. A volunteer screener watches a variety of films that are submitted to our festival by filmmakers from all over the world, and their evaluations are used to determine which films are ultimately chosen for the festival.

This is a time commitment and we are changing the procedures a bit this year, so please read the ‘fine print’ on the application form to be sure this is for you! Unfortunately we won’t be able to choose everyone and we are aiming for a very diverse group of screeners, so please don’t be disappointed if you aren’t selected this year…even if you have been a screener for past festivals.

Experienced screeners and newbies are welcome to apply and all screeners must complete the application form. Please open this form: 2020 Screener Application, fill it in and email it to info@slofilmfest.org no later than June 30th. We’ll be in touch a few weeks later to let you know if you’ve been selected. Some will start right away, and some won’t start until early fall. We are creating a video tutorial that will accompany the screening instructions.


In other news, the Downtown Centre Cinemas is screening a special Fathom presentation of HEAVY WATER on Thursday, June 13 at 7:00 and 9:20pm.

Big wave surfer Nathan Fletcher traces his lineage back to his grandfather, one of the pioneers of Oahu’s North Shore. Fletcher and other fellow surf and skateboard legends share insights from the pursuit of their passion. A voyage through the eyes of the surfing community that delves into the mid-set of the board sports culture and its roots, culminating in a spectacular, never-before-performed stunt, which once again raises the bar of what is possible. This one night only event features behind the scenes look at the making of the Acid Drop.

Stay tuned for more updates coming soon…and stay cool!

See you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson
Festival Director

FUNNY STORY and SLO Film Fest review

Two years ago, we were lucky to add a great new comedy, FUNNY STORY, to our festival right after its premiere at Slamdance! We are excited for director Michael Gallagher and his charming cast as they present their theatrical release starting today in Los Angeles! It’s also available to stream on iTunes. Please help spread the word and support independent filmmaking at its best! For tickets and more information, click here!


READ ALL ABOUT filmmaker Colette Freedman’s first experience at the SLO Film Fest in MovieMaker Magazine’s Festival Beat: “Intimate Guest Appearances, Lively Panels, and Eats Aplenty at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival”

CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE