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! 


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



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


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
Watch Trailer

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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 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”


SLO Film Fest welcomes new staff and board members!


San Luis Obispo, CA (May 23, 2019) – The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival is excited to announce the addition of a key staff member and two new board members to its growing organization.

Skye McLennan joins the festival as an Associate Director and will work closely with Festival Director Wendy Eidson, the board and other staff members.

“I am thrilled to welcome Skye to the Festival team and look forward to working with her. She brings a wealth of festival experience, new ideas and a youthful perspective to our organization as we continue to grow into an important regional festival,” said Wendy Eidson. “We all recognize how important it is to bring in people with enthusiasm and innovation to keep an organization fresh and relevant.”

Skye McLennan grew up in Templeton, CA and went on receive her degree in Cinema from San Francisco State University. She also studied TV Documentary in Denmark at the Danish School of Media and Journalism.  A dual citizen of Australia and the United States, after college she moved to Sydney, Australia and worked extensively in film production design on short films, features, advertisements, music videos and documentaries.

She became involved in film festivals in high school. Her first volunteer position was with the SLO Film Festival. Over the next ten years she went on to work with major film festivals including the Sydney, Sundance, Tribeca and San Francisco International Film Festivals.  Since moving back to SLO County, she has been involved in the wine industry in both marketing and winemaking. In 2017, she launched her own rosé label, Magic Hour Rosé. She brings extensive marketing, programming and operational experience to the SLO Film Festival and looks forward to helping the festival continue to grow and flourish.

“As a local of San Luis Obispo County, I look forward to giving back to my community and working alongside Festival Director, Wendy Eidson to provide an incredible festival to fellow cinema lovers,” Skye McLennan said.

The Festival also welcomes two new board members, Janice Rohn and David Hardberger, both residents of Los Osos.

Janice Rohn is an executive leader and expert in high tech and a pioneer in the field of User Experience. She began her career at Stanford University, working on artificial intelligence, before joining Apple to design products and to help to create the Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines. She then moved into building and leading teams responsible for designing digital interfaces for AT&T, Experian, and many other companies. Janice has contributed to many design standards and holds design patents. She teaches courses worldwide, and is known for her expertise on a variety of topics, including design, product management, and organizational strategies.

Janice has been a resident of the Central Coast for almost 20 years. She has been attending the SLO Film Fest for over 10 years, and has also studied film production. Janice is excited to be joining the talented team of Board members and staff.

David Hardberger’s career has spanned several decades starting in the Universal Studios Optical Department. He worked on visual effects such films as CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, BLADERUNNER, STAR TREK – THE MOTION PICTURE, SPACEBALLS, STAR TREK – WRATH OF KHAN and the first film of the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. His other work includes camera technician for the ShowScan process, a unit manager for two small features and a live action cameraman and second unit DP on several feature films.

David is a voting member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences. More recently, he has written and directed two short films that were filmed in the San Luis Obispo area. He lives in Los Osos with his wife, Maggie, who works as a production accountant on independent films, and their two cats.

More good news from the SLO Film Fest!

With an increasing number of film festivals popping up around the Central Coast, we are very happy to announce that the New Times has deemed the SLO Film Fest as the BEST FILM FESTIVAL of SLO County!

Pick up this week’s issue to see this honor in print or click here to see who else their readers chose as 2019 Best!

And speaking of other SLO County film festivals, there are two community events we thought you might want to know about…

SLO Motion Film and The Fremont Theater are proud to present: A Night of Patagonia Films – May 18th, 2019, at the historic Fremont Theater.

SLO Motion is a new film organization in San Luis Obispo, dedicated to building community through engaging experiences and films.  Valuing environmental activism, adventure, and community, SLO Motion sees film as the medium that anchors them all together.

On May 18th, 2019, four exciting Patagonia films highlighting mountain biking (Life of Pie), skiing (Treeline), running (Wolfpack), and surfing (Fishpeople), will showcase the connection between adventure and the environment and will feature a Q&A with surf legend Keith Malloy, director of Fishpeople.

Pre-sale ickets are available at BooBoo Records or at

Saturday, May 18th, 2019 – Fremont Theater
Tickets General Admission: $21
Tickets Students and Seniors: $19
Doors open 7:00pm
Feature Presentation 8:00pm with Keith Malloy Q&A to follow

For more information, visit or follow us on Instagram @slomotionfilm, Facebook @SLOmotionfilm

Attention Local Filmmakers!

CCSPA is a nonprofit organization supporting our local State Parks. They’re hosting the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, September 14-22, 2019. They are seeking submissions of short (<30 min.) films by local filmmakers to be shown during the Festival.

They’re looking for films which are environmentally focused / conservation minded, and relevant to the Central Coast. Some potential topics might include:

  • Programs, docents or volunteers in our local State Parks
  • Indigenous people and/or culture of the Central Coast
  • Issues related to local wildlife
  • Highlighting activities taking place on public lands from Ragged Point to Oso Flaco Lake

Sound intriguing? They want to hear from you! Email Alissa Maddren: events@centralcoastparks.orgor call (805) 548-0390.