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

Individual Tickets Now on Sale!

The best way to get the full festival experience and value is by purchasing a pass, however, this year we are also offering tickets to individual films and packages!

Tickets are $12/$10(Regular or Student/Film Society) and you can watch the film at any time during the six days of the festival. It’s a great way to dip your toes into our amazing slate of films! Purchasing tickets is easy! Just navigate to your selected film, press “GET TICKETS”, and enjoy the film! More information on how to access the film will be available starting March 9th at 9:00am!


SHORTS AT SLO FILM FESTIVAL

We’ve always had incredible short films in our festival and this year is no different! We will be offering tickets for a variety of shorts packages, including ANIMATIONDRAMAINTERNATIONALDOCUMENTARY & our CENTRAL COAST FILMMAKER SHOWCASE SHORTS. Buying a ticket to a shorts package gives you access to the films included with the package plus any associated Q&As. 


MUSIC VIDEOS

Remember when MTV actually played music videos? Nostalgic fans rejoice–music videos officially have a new home at our festival! We are excited to celebrate this eclectic mix of creative music videos from all over the world. We can’t wait to expand this program with live entertainment in future years.

Catch behind-the-music interviews with a special edition of SLO Film Fest MVTV hosted by VJ Suzanne Schonig daily at 10:30am on our Facebook page.


We hope you’re able to join us for onetwo or MANY films at the festival! Please visit our TICKETING FAQ page and our VIRTUAL FAQ  page for answers on how to navigate our virtual festival this year. Feel free to reach out and our friendly staff will be there to assist you: info@slofilmfest.org.

See you at the movies!

Skye McLennan & Wendy Eidson 
Festival Director // Artistic Director

Give the Gift of Independent Film!

The holidays are quickly approaching, and what’s better than giving your loved one the gift of independent film? Buy a gift card that can go towards a pass or tickets to our 2021 film festival! 

The 27th Annual San Luis Obispo International Film Festival will be here soon and it will be one of our most unique Festivals ever — a predominantly virtual experience with the possibility of a few special in-person events (in compliance with state guidelines.)

In addition to first-class films and engaging storytelling, we plan to offer an interactive social hub, behind-the-scenes panels, watch at home kits, virtual audience award voting, filmmaker Q&As and more. The Festival will also continue to honor industry professionals with our annual awards. We can’t wait to show you how we are shining a light on the joy of cinema. 


VIEW VINYL NATION PANEL DISCUSSION
Thank you for joining us for our virtual event! Did you miss our Vinyl Nation panel discussion? You can now view the post-film discussion online! Hosted by Jim Dee (Owner of the Palm Theater) with record store owners Malik Miko Thorne (A Satellite of Love), Manuel Barba (Traffic Records), filmmakers Christopher Boone & Kevin Smokler and special guest Kristy Duncan!


You can also help the festival by donating! You can send a check via mail directly to P.O. Box 1449, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406 or email info@slofilmfest.org. You can also donate directly by visiting hereIf you donate before year-end, you could reap potential tax savings due to the CARES Act!

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and we look forward to sharing our exciting slate of films with you next year!

See you at the movies!

Skye McLennan & Wendy Eidson 
Festival Director // Artistic Director

Buy Tickets to the Virtual Screening of VINYL NATION!

Custom Artwork by staff member Grace Tucker @blantongracedesigns, sticker included in our Vinyl Nation “Watch at Home” kits!

“Everything old is new again!” That idiom perfectly sums up the fascinating history of the vinyl record, which seemingly vanished into relative obscurity in the 1980s, but is now one of the hottest trends again worldwide. Some wonder how that can be, given the ease, quality and accessibility of digital music. But there’s just something about spinning vinyl, and VINYL NATION does a deep dive into what that something might be.

Filmmakers Kevin Smokler and Christopher Boone trace the history as well as the technical side of record production, and find a collection of passionate fans, musicians, technicians and designers who share their knowledge and theories.

After the movie, enjoy a lively pre-recorded discussion led by Palm Theatre owner (and vinyl enthusiast) Jim Dee, when he talks to filmmakers Kevin Smokler, Christopher Boone, SLO vinyl expert Malik Miko Thorne, Traffic Record shop owner Manuel Barba and Kristy Duncan, Cal Poly/KCPR alum who built her own turntable after being inspired by VINYL NATION.

VIRTUAL SCREENING + PANEL
ACCESS STARTS DECEMBER 4TH, 7PM till midnight DECEMBER 6TH

$12 – Virtual Access for 1
$15 – Virtual Access for 2+
(Please purchase if you plan on watching the film with more than one person)
$25 “Watch At Home” kit– virtual screening access, random vinyl record, popcorn and option of Wild Fields beer, Sans Liege “3-Day Weekend” Pinot Noir or apple cider. (non-alcoholic)  (LOCAL PICK-UP ONLY, MUST ORDER BY DEC. 4TH, FRIDAY 1PM)


THIS WEEK AT CINEMA PIADINA
On Wednesday evenings at Piadina on the Courtyard at Hotel San Luis Obispo, we take you back to the classic screen era featuring movie favorites under the stars. Enjoy a spectacular twilight dining experience while the movie is projected onto the courtyard wall. A portion of cocktail sales for the evening will be donated to the SLO Film Fest.

12/2 – 6:00PM – CHARLIE CHAPLIN – TILLIE’S PUNCTURED ROMANCE – 1914 (silent film)



WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Here at SLO Film Festival we work hard to offer the best experience to our audience and community. That’s why this year we are working with Film Festival Alliance and Independent Filmmaker Project to conduct a first ever national survey of film festival participants. As a thank you for your time and feedback, we’re offering all survey participants a chance to win a 2021 Virtual Movie Fanatic Pass.


Today is #givingtuesday and you can give to the film festival in many ways! You can make a donationsponsor a film at our 2021 festival or purchase a ticket at our Vinyl Nation event. Every little bit helps in our efforts to expand minds, open hearts, and entertain people through worldwide independent cinema. 

See you at the movies!

Skye McLennan & Wendy Eidson 
Festival Director // Artistic Director

Exclusive Sneak Peek of 2021 Official Selection: VINYL NATION!

“Everything old is new again!” That idiom perfectly sums up the fascinating history of the vinyl record, which seemingly vanished into relative obscurity in the 1980s, but is now one of the hottest trends again worldwide. Some wonder how that can be, given the ease, quality and accessibility of digital music. But there’s just something about spinning vinyl, and VINYL NATION does a deep dive into what that something might be.

Filmmakers Kevin Smokler and Christopher Boone trace the history as well as the technical side of record production, and find a collection of passionate fans, musicians, technicians and designers who share their knowledge and theories.

You don’t need to be a diehard record lover to enjoy this movie. Everyone from aging boomers to millennials and Gen Z’s will enjoy this tribute to an ageless and even addictive art form.

So grab one of our “Watch At Home Kits” —which includes a vinyl record, your choice of local beer or Sans Liege wine and a virtual screening ticket — and enjoy a sneak preview of one of our 2021 Official Festival Selections in the comfort of your own home. 

The movie will be available to stream at our March 2021 Festival as well! Ticket purchasers will also have access to a pre-recorded Q&A session hosted by Palm Theatre owner Jim Dee with the filmmakers and several San Luis Obispo record store owners, who will have fun talking about their love of vinyl!

VIRTUAL SCREENING
ACCESS STARTS DECEMBER 4TH, 7PM till midnight DECEMBER 6TH

$25 “Watch At Home” kit– virtual screening access, random vinyl record, popcorn and option of local beer, Sans Liege “3-Day Weekend” Pinot Noir or local apple cider. (non-alcoholic) 
$12 – Virtual Access for 1
$15 – Virtual Access for 2+ (
Please purchase if you plan on watching the film with more than one person)


JOIN US AT CINEMA PIADINA!
On Wednesday evenings at Piadina on the Courtyard at Hotel San Luis Obispo, we take you back to the classic screen era featuring movie favorites under the stars. Projected onto the courtyard wall — enjoy a community gathering for a spectacular twilight dining experience. A portion of the cocktail sales for the evening will be donated to the SLO Film Fest.


OUR NOVEMBER 16TH LATE SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS APPROACHING!
Don’t miss your last chance to submit your film at our late deadline submission fee! We have two new categories this year — Best Music Video and Best Animation. We can’t wait to receive your submissions!


We can’t wait to share this film with you and hope you can join us!

See you at the movies!

Skye McLennan & Wendy Eidson 
Festival Director // Artistic Director

Check out the Spooky Silent Films at Cinema Piadina

Things are getting spooky at Hotel San Luis Obispo! We’re happy to announce our October lineup of silent cinema at Cinema Piadina! Every Wednesday evening in October you’ll be able to join us at Piadina on the Courtyard to sip cocktails and savor delicious pizzas while classic films are projected in the background, bringing a unique ambiance to your meal.

A portion of the cocktail sales for the evening will be donated to the film festival and help us financially as we navigate our plans for next year’s film festival and year-round programming. We hope you’ve been enjoying this safe, socially distanced outdoor event. This is not intended to be a full movie watching experience, please read our FAQ for more information.

Due to social-distancing, limited seating is available. We strongly encourage you to make reservations in advance.

OCTOBER FILM SCHEDULE

  • 10/14 – 7:00PM – LON CHANEY in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – 1925 – (silent film)
  • 10/21 – 7:00PM – JOHN BARRYMORE in DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE – 1920 – (silent film)
  • 10/28 – 7:00PM – MAX SCHRECK in NOSFERATU – 1920 – (silent film)

REGULAR SUBMISSION DEADLINE- OCTOBER 12TH
Don’t miss your last chance to submit your film at our regular deadline submission fee! We have two new categories this year — Best Music Video and Best Animation. We can’t wait to receive your submissions! 

We look forward to announcing some more exciting events and screenings soon!

Stay tuned and see you at the movies!

Skye McLennan & Wendy Eidson 
Festival Director // Artistic Director

Cinema Under the Stars at Hotel San Luis Obispo Every Wednesday

We are happy to announce a unique collaboration with our 2020 Presenting Sponsor, Hotel San Luis Obispo. Beginning Sept. 9, every Wednesday evening you’ll be able to join us at Piadina on the Courtyard to sip  cocktails and savor delicious pizzas while classic films are projected onto the courtyard wall.  It promises to be a spectacular twilight dining experience!

A portion of the cocktail sales for the evening will be donated to the film festival and help us financially as we navigate our plans for next year’s film festival and year-round programming. We hope you enjoy this safe, socially distanced outdoor event.

Due to social-distancing, limited seating is available. We strongly encourage you to make reservations in advance.

SEPTEMBER FILM SCHEDULE

Note: Films are played silent with subtitles (if applicable) this is a dining experience and not intended to be a full sit down cinema event.

  • Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m.  – Charlie Chaplin in THE VAGABOND, THE IMMIGRANT, KID AUTO RACES IN VENICE
  • Sept. 16,  7:15 p.m. – Buster Keaton in THE GENERAL
  • Sept. 23, 7 p.m. – Lon Chaney and Patsy Ruth Miller in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
  • Sept. 30, 7 p.m.   Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in HIS GIRL FRIDAY

EARLY BIRD SUBMISSION DISCOUNT – ENDING MONDAY SEPTEMBER 7TH
Don’t miss your last chance to take advantage of our early-bird discount to submit your film! We have two new categories this year — Best Music Video and Best Animation. We can’t wait to receive your submissions! 


It’s been a rough several months, but we remain optimistic about the SLO Film Festival’s future and hope to announce future collaborations soon. Now, more than ever, independent cinema has an important role to play in shaping our future. 

Watching movie stars gather at the Venice Film Festival this week gave us a twinkle of hope that we may be able to enjoy cinema together again soon.  Until then, we look forward to seeing you at Cinema Piadina! (distantly of course)! 

See you at the movies!

Skye McLennan & Wendy Eidson 
Festival Director // Artistic Director

Announcing Our 2021 Dates and Call For Entries!

This is my first email to you as your new Festival Director. It’s been an interesting and thought-provoking few months as a new leader and I’m humbled by the collaboration and support of our community in SLO County. As we look towards the future of next year’s event, we’re exploring all kinds of possibilities to continue bringing important storytelling to San Luis Obispo. Whatever the format the festival takes, whether virtual, in-person, or drive-thru, we can’t wait to entertain and inspire you. So many of you that I’ve spoken with over the last few months have expressed your support and how much our institution means to you and that is what makes our work worth it.

It is with great pleasure that I announce our film festival dates and that we are open for submissions. We welcome filmmakers from around the world and locally to take part in the future of our festival. We also have two exciting new categories: Best Animation and Best Music Video. We have always had a wealth of incredible animated films and we are excited to bring a special spotlight to their work.  Music also has been an important thread in our county and we can’t wait to see what local and global musicians come up with!

March 9th – 14th 2021

In addition we have joined the SLO Arts Leadership Roundtable, a coalition of local arts organizations and live entertainment venues in San Luis Obispo County. We are working together to determine how we can safely and responsibly return during these times, as well as what we can do better within our  institutions regarding anti-racism and inclusion. This is the first of many collaborations that we look forward to being a part of. 


MUCHO MUCHO AMOR (2020)

Wendy & I had the pleasure of attending Sundance this year, and this was a documentary that stole our hearts. Puerto Rican Astrologer Walter Mercado was a force of good energy and a Pisces spirit that warmed Latinx homes and we are sure you will fall in love with him as we did. He also had the best sense in fashion!

DISCLOSURE (2020)

DISCLOSURE was one of our 2020 Special Presentation films this year. It’s a thought-provoking documentary about trans lives on screen. If you enjoy film history, this is an important film to watch as trans voices reflect on how certain representations, or lack thereof, influenced their lives and culture.


JULY 9TH SLOMOTION – LIVING IN AMERICA – VIRTUAL SCREENING
Our friends at SLOMotion are hosting a series of virtual screening events with live Q&A’s that focus on racial injustice, environmental inequality, systems of oppression, and mass incarceration. Donations go directly to R.A.C.E Matters SLO.


2020 SLO FILM FEST BEST DOCUMENTARY NOW ON DEMAND

THE POLLINATORS (2020)
Much of the food on our tables comes from the intrinsic act of pollinating the flowers that become the fruits, vegetables and nuts we eat. But today’s agricultural practices, pesticides and politics are making that simple act of nature more difficult. This cinematic journey around the United States follows migratory beekeepers and their truckloads of honey bees and notes the devastating loss of bee hives and the impact on our food supply. 


Thank you to our 2020 sponsors for their loyal support of the SLO Film Fest and for looking for ways to also support our community in these challenging times.Today’s Sponsor in the Spotlight is one of our 2020 Producers, New Times!

New Times is San Luis Obispo County’s locally owned and operated news and entertainment weekly. Celebrating over 30 years of publishing the largest circulated paper in the region; covering local news, politics, opinion, food, wine, arts, and entertainment each week.  Their publicity coverage of the SLOIFF has been amazing over the years, and a key part of our overall marketing efforts.  Thanks New Times!


See you at the movies!

Skye McLennan & Wendy Eidson 
Festival Director // Artistic Director

Cycling towards our last Best in Fest film!

While our “Surf Nite in SLO” has become world renowned in some circles, cycling movies have always struck a chord with our audiences too! We’ve had some of our biggest and most passionate crowds attend movies about bicycles and we’ve screened some memorable ones over the years.
 
There was the grueling RACE ACROSS AMERICA, documenting the most challenging bicycle race on the planet. There was a fantastic documentary about the early days of velodrome racing. There was one about the invention of the mountain bike and another about a Tour de France  cycling team owned by a SLO County resident. More recently, we screened one about a group of Afghan women who defy all odds to start a cycling team in their war-torn country. And who could forget BREAKING AWAY, with stars Dennis Christopher and Paul Dooley in attendance for a hilarious Q&A? I could on….
 
But it was PERSONAL GOLD: AN UNDERDOG STORY that captured the hearts of our 2015 audiences and crossed the finish line with the Best in the Fest award that year. Local resident and former Olympian cyclist Adam Laurent was at the Festival, along with directors Sky and Tamara Christopherson. Their “underdog story” examined the success of tracking athletes physical data using what was cutting edge technology in 2012. Now ubiquitous in a wide variety of applications, wearable devices are being used to track everything from physical activity, caloric intake, sleep quality, posture and much more! What does that all have to do with a cycling movie? Check out this winning film and find out!


BLACK LIVES MATTER – FILMS FREE TO STREAM

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (2017)

An incredibly powerful documentary based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin’s reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr., as well as his personal observations of American history.
WATCH NOW

JUST MERCY (2019)

Starring Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan comes the true story of Walter McMillian, who, with the help of young defense attorney Bryan Stevenson, appeals his murder conviction. In the years that follow, Stevenson encounters racism and legal and political maneuverings as he tirelessly fights for McMillian’s life.
WATCH NOW


FRAMELINE 44 PRIDE SHOWCASE – JUNE 25TH -28TH


While Pride festivities unfortunately can’t happen in person this year, our friends at Frameline Film Festival have gone virtual! Their virtual showcase contains fresh queer cinema premieres such as Sundance 2020 documentary WELCOME TO CHECHNYA and for fashion fans, HOUSE OF CARDIN.


Thank you to our 2020 sponsors for their loyal support of the SLO Film Fest and for looking for ways to also support our community in these challenging times.Today’s Sponsor in the Spotlight is one of our 2020 Producers, Boutique Hotel Collection.

BHC is made up of 3 of our County’s finest hotels, The Cliffs Resort in Pismo Beach, Sycamore Mineral Springs in Avila Beach, and the SeaVenture Resort, also in Pismo Beach.  All feature a range of room accommodations as well as fine restaurants and spas.  BHC is also a long time SLO Film Fest major sponsor, and has donated rooms for our traveling filmmakers as well as event promotion.  You may recognize them as a proud and participative sponsor of our Surf Nite event every year.  Great to have you as a hospitality partner Boutique Hotel Collection!


We can’t believe 10 weeks has already flown by! We hope you enjoyed our Best in the Fest series! You can view them all here.

Skye McLennan & Wendy Eidson 
Festival Director // Artistic Director

Our Next Best in Fest Film: G-DOG

“…a movie that vitally captures an extraordinary character in extraordinary circumstances.” Variety, July 1, 2012 
 
This is another in a string of wonderful documentaries that have helped create important cultural and political change! G-DOG premiered at the prestigious Hot Docs International Documentary Festival in April 2012. It won our BEST IN FEST award the following spring, with Homeboy Industries Hector Verdugo attending and accepting the award for director/producer Freida Lee Mock.
 
In 2014, Homeboy Industries went worldwide when it launched The Global Homeboy Network. Since then, over 400 organizations from around the world have visited their Los Angeles campus and their global network continues to expand each year. In the summer of 2019, Homeboy Industries hosted individuals devoted to supporting marginalized populations in Los Angeles to learn from their model and to share best practices.
 
We are proud to have been a cog in the wheel to give this incredible film some added attention and help Father Greg Boyle fulfill his dream that began decades ago. In this film, Freida Lee Mock documents a particularly challenging time in the organization’s history.
 
Incidentally, Freida Lee Mock attended an exciting SLO Film Fest screening of ANITA in March 2014, sharing her award-winning film that profiles Anita Hill’s battle to expose sexual harassment at the Supreme Court level.


WE ARE ONE FILM FESTIVAL 

The entire program of films in the We Are One Global Festival looks amazing! We are delighted to see the short film ANNA is included. It was an official selection of our Festival this year. Another film that stands out and brings back memories is AMREEKA, a movie we programmed in 2010. This is a beautiful story about a Palestinian single mom and her teenage son who immigrate to small-town Illinois. It is one of the picks from the Cannes Film Festival where it won the Fipresci critics award in 2009.

It is memorable not just because it was an extremely touching and beautifully made film. We screened it at the Palm Theatre, the original home of the SLO Film Fest 27 years ago. The Palm staff and owner Jim Dee bend over backwards to make sure everything runs smoothly, festival after festival and we are so grateful to them. That year, a new projectionist was being trained and this was back in the days of heavy cans of 35mm film that had to be assembled on a very large platter before running through the projector. In the chaos of the Festival, the novice projectionist messed up the last reel and right in the middle of a dramatic scene, the movie was suddenly playing upside-down and backwards! Festival goers were more upset about not getting to see the end of this wonderful film than the mess up, and even though they got refunds and a voucher for another film, to this day they are probably still sad they didn’t get to see how it ended. Fortunately, now they can!!


VIRTUAL PRIDE FILM FESTIVAL
While unfortunately pride cannot happen in person this year, GALA Pride and Diversity Center has organized an incredible line-up of films for the month of June. Highlights include documentary STATE OF PRIDE (2019) about the history of Pride since the Stonewall riots and for fans of documentary Paris Is Burning, narrative feature KIKI (2017) about the 1980’s ballroom scene in New York City.


Thank you to our 2020 sponsors for their loyal support of the SLO Film Fest and for looking for ways to also support our community in these challenging times.Today’s Sponsor in the Spotlight is one of our 2020 Producers, Downtown Centre Cinemas.

Downtown Centre Cinemas, aka The Movie Experience.  And what would a film festival be without theaters to show the films in?  The Downtown Centre 7, right in the middle of downtown SLO, has played host for many years to hundreds of film screenings for us, and has become an essential venue sponsor for the SLOIFF.  Our thanks go out to this longtime SLO fixture! 


As an international film festival, we recognize the power of our platform in addressing the systemic racial issues that divide our country. We stand against all forms of racism, bigotry and violence. And we will continue to share stories from diverse voices that expose injustice, promote understanding and advocate for equality. For more information on how you can support racial justice locally, contact R.A.C.E. MATTERS SLO and Black Lives Matter

Skye McLennan & Wendy Eidson 
Festival Director // Artistic Director