Ta Da!! The 2018 SLO Film Fest Program and Schedule is here!

We are delighted to announce the full festival program and schedule, online now…and in print in Festival Guides that will be distributed throughout the county in the coming weeks. Click here to peruse over one hundred films and film events we’ll be presenting from March 13-18th.

Thanks to talented designer/photographer, Barry Goyette, for his unique, eye-catching artwork!

And major thanks to all our amazing Festival Sponsors who help make this festival happen year after year. Click here to see who they are! We also have some pretty incredible Hospitality sponsors! And where would we be without wine? Click here to find out which wineries are involved this year…with more to be added soon.

Our Festival Headquarters at 1003 Osos St. will be open for business next week from noon to 2pm, with hours increasing as the festival gets closer. Tickets are on sale for Special Events with more to be announced very soon and tickets and passes can be purchased online or at our HQ.

Have fun with your Festival planning and consider taking a few days away from your regularly schedule life to enjoy the wide variety of movies, people and experiences we are bringing to San Luis Obispo County this March. You won’t be disappointed!

See you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson
SLO Film Fest Director

More tickets go on sale for SLO Film Fest 2018

We are rolling out the news about the upcoming March 13-18 SLO Film Fest and have just put tickets on sale for two more special events!

On Wednesday, March 14 at 7pm at the Fremont Theatre, Central Coast filmmaker Bob Williams’ new short film about last year’s SLO Women’s March will screen first. If you were at that very successful march, you might be in this film…pussy-hat and all! Right after “Let It Shine: The Story of the Women’s March SLO”, we’ll do a Q&A with Bob and some of the Women’s March organizers. Then we are very proud to screen the brand new documentary that is getting great buzz from other festival’s, with director Jennifer Townsend in attendance for a Q&A. “Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise” revisits this iconic movie at a very interesting time. Click the movie links to read more and to purchase tickets!

Also on sale now is the ground-breaking new film from France that was short-listed as an Academy Award nominee – “BPM” or “Beats Per Minute.” Telling the arresting story of the ACT-Up Paris movement that fought indifference in the face of the tragic AIDS epidemic. This special screening will benefit our local Access Support Network, and plays on Thursday, March 15 at the Fremont Theatre at 7pm. Click here for more details and tickets.

Stay tuned for our FULL FESTIVAL PROGRAM to be announced tomorrow (Friday, March 16) online and in printed Festival Guides that will be distributed countywide starting tomorrow!

See you at the movies!
Wendy Eidson
SLO Film Fest Director

Tickets now on sale for first of many SLO Film Fest special events!

The SLO Film Fest is just a little more than a month away, and we’re very excited to begin sharing some news about Festival events happening March 13 to the 18th – when San Luis Obispo County goes “Hollywood”!

Internationally renowned SURF NITE IN SLO is back…on Friday, March 16 at the historic Fremont Theatre!

For the past five years award-winning Australian cinematographer, Tim Bonython, has followed some of today’s most courageous big wave surfers all over the world, filming them surfing the biggest, baddest waves on the planet for this year’s Surf Nite film, THE BIG WAVE PROJECT. Yet to be seen in a theatre in North America, this is one of those surf films you simply need to see on a big screen and the Fremont Theatre is just the place! Click here for details and to purchase tickets.

For the wine and movie lover, we are excited to partner with Tolosa Winery and their new Spanish “sister winery,” Perinet, when we help unveil their new wines, with a new documentary and a festive Spanish-themed party at one of San Luis Obispo’s most beautiful wineries. Click here for details and to purchase tickets.

More news coming soon as we confirm more films and special guests! Please share this news with your friends and suggest they sign on for blog updates on our home page.

See you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson
SLO Film Fest Director


Plugs and Updates from the SLO Film Fest

Happy Friday! We are on the verge of putting tickets on sale to a number of great SLO Film Fest special events, so watch for news coming early next week!

Meanwhile, there are a couple of SLO County movie events we wanted to be sure you know about…

The Cambria Film Festival is coming up very soon (Feb. 8-11) and is the perfect romantic movie night getaway! Check out their website and take a trip up the coast to one of the best seaside communities in SLO County!

San Luis Obispo resident Sky Bergman is excited to announce the theatrical release of her popular documentary, LIVES WELL LIVED, which sneak previewed at the SLO Film Fest almost two years ago. After a very successful film festival run all over North America, Sky is proud to bring her film back home and looks forward to its release at the Palm Theatre, starting Feb.16th. Featuring a host of San Luis Obispo County folks and many others, it’s a wonderful testament to the challenges, the wisdom and the joy that old age can bring. And the story continues… click here for more information.

We are working very hard on the 24th Annual San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, happening March 13-18, and we’ll have some news to share with you very soon!

Have a great weekend…see you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson
SLO Film Fest Director

Last call for youth filmmakers from SLO Film Fest

If you are (or know) a filmmaker who is 18 years or younger, with a film 10 minutes or shorter – there’s still time to submit to the 24th Annual San Luis Obispo International Film Festival!

The 2018 Filmmakers of Tomorrow Showcase competition deadline is tomorrow – Wednesday, January 10th at midnight so films will be accepted until then, but no later.

Click here for details on how to submit…and don’t delay!

See you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson
SLO Film Fest Director

SLO Film Fest early-bird pass prices end tonight!

If you’ve been planning to buy a SLO Film Fest pass for the upcoming March 13-18 Festival, this is your last day to get one at a discount price. The price goes up on January 1st, so now’s the time to save and just get ‘er done!

The Movie Mogul Pass grants one person access to all films and special events (except events at Hearst Castle), as well as our Festival Lounge which will be open daily during the festival, with catered delicacies from our friends at Taste, and a variety of wines and beers from local purveyors, all carefully chosen by our new Festival Sommelier, Ali Rush Carscaden. The pass is regularly $350 but is $315 for one more day.

The Movie Star Pass is perfect for the person who wants to see as many festival films as possible. It does not include special events, but it does give the pass holder daytime access to our Festival Lounge from Wed-Friday during the festival. It’s normally $200 but is $180 for one more day.

The Movie Fanatic Pass is the ideal pass for a couple who only have time for three movies, or an individual who wants to see six. It is currently $72 but will go up to $80 tomorrow.

And then there’s the Weekend Pass which is available for all three weekend days, and will get the pass holder into all regular screenings (not special events) on any of those days. That one is regularly $50 but is $45 for one more day.

All festival passes give the holder priority seating and are a better bet than waiting to buy individual tickets which may not be available at many venues. And you save some money too! They do not guarantee entry however – pass holders are seated on a first-come, first-served basis, so you will need to be at the theatre a minimum of 15 min. before the screening time.

In addition, we are going to be encouraging downtown San Luis Obispo businesses to offer discounts to anyone wearing a festival pass, so you will find additional benefits during the festival.

To purchase a pass, click here! 

Happy New Year to you all! I’m looking forward to sharing details about our 24th Annual SLO Film Fest with you all soon!

See you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson
SLO Film Fest Director

Holiday movies, gift ideas and more!

The SLO Film Fest is just around the corner, and like Santa, we are working hard in our little festival workshop to come up with the best films and movie events possible for SLO Film Fest 2018! Be sure to save the dates: March 13-18!

Consider buying your favorite movie lover (could even be yourself!) a Film Festival Pass as a gift this year. The passes are all ON SALE until January 1st, so take advantage of the early-bird savings. Click here to order! If you’d like to get a gift certificate before the holidays, email us at info@slofilmfest.org or call 805-546-FILM and we will come to the rescue! Our downtown Headquarters is open tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon from noon to 5pm. so stop by to pick up a pass. We’ll be closed on Wed. December 27th but back on Wednesday afternoons in January! The HQ is located at the corner of Osos and Monterey Streets – 1003 Osos.

There are so many good movies opening and in theatres right now, so enjoy the bounty of Oscar-season hopefuls! Hometown boy Zac Efron co-stars in THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, opening tomorrow! My personal favorite to date is THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI so if you like dark comedies, I suggest catching that one at the Palm Theatre. And don’t forget that classic Christmas movie – IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE – playing at the Downtown Cinemas on December 22 and 24th.

Stay tuned for news coming in January about SLO Film Fest special events. Our whole festival schedule will be unveiled in mid-February. We are very thankful to have wonderful venue partners in the Palm Theatre, Downtown Cinemas, Fremont Theatre, Park Cinemas and the Bay Theatre, and thanks to their generous support, it looks like we’ll be able to screen all of our festival films three times, instead of twice! So those festival passes are going to be very useful.

I would be remiss if I didn’t give a big shoutout to our local fire fighters who have been risking their lives to help fight fires for us and our neighbors to the North and South this year. Many of them will be giving up their holiday time with family to continue to keep the Thomas fire under control and Santa Barbara out of harms way. This has nothing to do with movies, but I just had to say THANK YOU!

The SLO Film Fest applauds heroes and we look forward to sharing many inspirational stories with you about amazing people helping to make our world a better place. Movies matter! 

Happy Hannukah and Merry Christmas from the SLO Film Fest board and staff!

Wendy Eidson
SLO Film Fest Director