Passes & Program Guides

You’ve been asking! Our program guides are almost here! We can’t wait to show you them, On Wednesday, February 26th stop by our Headquarters at Hotel San Luis Obispo from 12pm to 2pm to pick up your copy!

If you have purchased a pass you can also pick it up from this date forward. Check out our HQ hours and more information here.

(Film Still from one of our narrative features, Zoro’s Solo)

Our Headquarters are located downtown at the Hotel San Luis Obispo entrance on Morro St.

We’re Live!

Nashville. Surfing. Biodynamic Farming. Mochi. Wild Horses. Bees. Hatha Yoga. Cargo Bikes.

What do all these things have in common? They are just a few of the multitude of topics that are the focus of the 26th Annual SLO Film Fest! Besides the Film, Wine and Fun you’ve come to expect each year, we have amped it up a bit with a new presenting sponsor – HOTEL SAN LUIS OBISPO – the site of our 2020 Festival Lounge and Headquarters.

Take your time looking through the program and schedule that we’ve carefully cultivated for a wide variety of tastes. We are so excited to share this incredible selection of films from all over the world, including short films made by young filmmakers 18 and under.

We also have a record number of Central Coast films in our annual Showcase – so just jump in when you can! This festival is going to be a six day smorgasbord of movie-infused fun, and we look forward to sharing it with our community, sponsors and festival visitors!


Major Thanks to Loyal Sponsor

BHE RENEWABLES
Berkshire Hathaway Energy owns one of the largest renewable energy portfolios in the U.S. Our commitment to the environment begins with the manner in which we generate electricity. A growing portion of our electricity generation mix now comes from environmentally cleaner sources such as wind, water, the sun and the earth’s natural heat.


Stay tuned for our King Vidor & Spotlight announcement!

See you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson & Skye McLennan
SLO Film Fest Director & Associate Director

Take a trip to Nashville on Opening Night!

Announcing our Opening Night Film: 
IT ALL BEGINS WITH A SONG: The Story of the Nashville Songwriter
With Special Guests Jude Johnstone and Jade Jackson

Presented by French Hospital Medical Center
Also Sponsored by Luna Red, Novo, Mint + Craft, 98.1 KJUG and Adamski Moroski Madden Cumberland and Green LLP

Join us for a celebration of the unsung heroes of Nashville! We all hum their tunes. We know their words by heart. And we tell the story of our own lives through their art. Yet few of us know their names. This is a film about one of the most important and unknown forces in music: the Nashville songwriter.

Jade Jackson

Drawing from more than 100 hours of footage this entertaining documentary directed by Chusy Jardine includes more than 80 interviews with well-known and lesser-known music industry figures and songwriters, such as Garth Brooks, Ben Folds, John Hiatt, Alison Mosshart, Kacey Musgraves and Keb’ Mo.’

Jude Johnstone

After the movie, we’ll meet Nashville singer-songwriters, with Central Coast roots, Jude Johnstone and Jade Jackson. They’ll chat with the film’s director Chusy Jardine, about their personal experiences and entertain with a few of their original songs.

Tuesday, March 17
5:00-6:30pm  
Opening Night Party at Luna Red      
Only open to All Access Passholders – RSVP link will be emailed next week
7:00-10:00pm
It All Begins with a Song plus Q&A and performances by Jude Johnstone and Jade Jackson – Fremont Theater$25/ All access passes for this Red Carpet Event

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Pre-Festival Party at Trilogy at Monarch Dunes

Join the staff of the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival on Wednesday, February 26th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the Avila Room for a preview of several short films in this year’s Festival. Find out why our local film event has been included in the “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker magazine for over 5 years. Appetizers and a no-host bar will be provided by the Monarch Club.

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Major thanks to our brand new Producer level supporter and Presenting Sponsor of Opening Night, French Hospital Medical Center!

At French Hospital Medical Center, we’re transforming medicine on the Central Coast by investing in today’s most advanced equipment and procedures. Beyond Health is a movement to treat the mind, body, spirit, and community, creating wellness and happiness for every life we touch. We’re expanding our services, providing new medical capabilities, recruiting the best doctors, and doubling our capacity for more complex conditions. 


On Wednesday, February 19th our entire program will be live on our website and next Monday, February 24th you can stop by our Headquarters at Hotel San Luis Obispo to pick up your physical program guide!

See you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson & Skye McLennan
SLO Film Fest Director & Associate Director

What’s Cookin’? 

Photo from 2020 Narrative Feature: Love Sarah

We’ve been busy preparing a sumptuous six-day feast of Film, Wine and Fun! We’re almost ready to announce our 2020 program schedule (spoiler alert: there will also be food!) and you’ll find the entire festival schedule on our website on February 19th! We’re bringing back our popular Hollywood & Vines events, as well as a few unique venues …and wait till you see the vast array of movie options!

Stop by our Headquarters, at the Hotel San Luis Obispo (entrance on Morro St) beginning on February 24th to grab a copy of our printed program guide, pick up your passes, and purchase tickets!


Newbie Passes Now on Sale!  

Never been to the SLO Film Fest? This is the perfect pass to try it out! The Newbie Pass can be used by one person for four regular screenings, four people for one screening, or any combination of up to 4 uses. This pass can only be used for “regular” screenings at SLO Brew’s Rock or the Fremont Theatre. This year there are 30% more screenings at those venues, for the same price as last year – only $40!

Last year was our first year at SLO Brew Rock, quickly becoming one of the hottest venues in town. The Rock features fantastic food on site, a full bar, and a new distillery, Rod & Hammer’s SLO Stills where you can taste spirits cut with Pacific Ocean! 

BUY A PASS


Pre-Festival Party at Trilogy at Monarch Dunes

Join the staff of the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival on Wednesday, February 26th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the Avila Room for a preview of several short films in this year’s Festival. Find out why our local film event has been included in the “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker magazine for over 5 years. Appetizers and a no-host bar will be provided by the Monarch Club.

BUY TICKETS


Don’t forget Surf Nite in SLO is on sale and SELLING FAST! Purchase your tickets soon!

See you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson & Skye McLennan
SLO Film Fest Director & Associate Director

Surf Nite in SLO to Feature the Biggest Year for Big Wave Surfing

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Brent Storm’s award-winning WHITE RHINO will be the focus the festival’s most popular event, on Friday, March 20, with big wave surfer Dave Wassel traveling from Hawaii for the event. Surf photographer Brian Bielmann, director Brent Storm and producer Randy Olson will also be in attendance. Surf Nite will open with Santa Barbara filmmaker Heather Hudson’s new short documentary that about female surfing pioneer, Marge Calhoun. 93 – LETTERS FROM MARGE will be introduced by her friend and surf legend, Linda Benson.

Surf Nite in SLO is presented by Surfing for Hope Foundation and the City of Pismo Beach. Surfing for Hope is a non-profit organization in Pismo Beach created to help inspire people challenged by cancer through the positive energy of surfing. The event is also sponsored by Cliffs Hotel and Spa, Sea Venture, Sycamore Mineral Spring Resort, Apple Farm, Coast 104.5, and Quality Suites San Luis Obispo.

Canadian Filmmaker Brent Storm’s latest release, WHITE RHINO, is a parallel story from the surfers and photographers who witnessed three historic swells that hit the shorelines of the South Pacific in 2011-2012. Photographer Brian Bielmann takes the audience on an edge of your seat adventure as we discover the stories behind some of his most iconic photos and what really transpired on those memorable days.

WHITE RHINO features notable big wave riders Nathan Fletcher, Dave Wassel, Bruce Irons, Mark Healey, Kohl Christensen and Kalani Chapman. It also features cinematography from some of the best surf filmmakers, including SLO Film Fest Surf Nite alum, Tim Bonython (The Big Wave Project.)

In 93: LETTERS FROM MARGE, Heather Hudson pays tribute to surfing pioneer Marge Calhoun, sharing memories from handwritten letters to a friend before her death in 2017 at the age of 93 in Morro Bay, CA. Chronicling an independent life that most people know little about, Marge won contests, shared waves and held her own with many of the sport’s legends in the early days of surfing. She won the 1958 Makaha International Championships and continued to travel, surf and compete. She judged, organized competitors on the beach and worked closely with Hoppy Swartz and others to form the U.S. Surfing Association. Later, she moved to Morro Bay and loved watching the waves from her home in the hills above the ocean.

SURF NITE IN SLO – Presented by Surfing for Hope and City of Pismo Beach
Friday, March 20 – 7:00pm Fremont Theatre

93: LETTERS FROM MARGE (30 min) with special guests Linda Benson and Heather Hudson

WHITE RHINO (64 min) with special guests Dave Wassel, Brian Bielmann, Brent Storm and Randy Olson

After-party at the Festival Lounge in Hotel SLO, 877 Palm St. SLO (open to Movie Mogul and All-Access Pass holders only)

Tickets:
$20 General
$15 Students & SLO Film Society
(Mogul passes, Red Carpet Tickets accepted)

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Newbie Passes Now on Sale!

Never been to the SLO Film Fest? This is the perfect pass to try it out! The Newbie Pass can be used by one person for four regular screenings, four people for one screening, or any combination of up to 4 uses. This pass can only be used for “regular” screenings at SLO Brew’s Rock or the Fremont Theatre. This year there are 30% more screenings at those venues, for the same price as last year – only $40!

Last year was our first year at SLO Brew Rock, quickly becoming one of the hottest venues in town. The Rock features fantastic food on site, a full bar, and a new distillery, Rod & Hammer’s SLO Stills where you can taste spirits cut with Pacific Ocean!

BUY PASSES


Now Taking Volunteer Applications!

Our volunteers are the core of making our festival a success. We are always looking for new volunteers that can help with anything, from ticket taking, to working venues, to parties and galas, and more! Visit our volunteer page to get started!


Make sure to secure your Surf Nite tickets soon! We can’t wait to announce the rest of our program!

See you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson & Skye McLennan
SLO Film Fest Director & Associate Director

Newbie Passes on Sale and Festival Lounge Revealed!

Hotel San Luis ObispoHappy new year! We are kicking off 2020 with some very exciting news! We’re delighted to announce our partnership with Hotel San Luis Obispo as the presenting sponsor of our 2020 festival. Centrally located between three busy Festival venues, Hotel SLO’s Seven Sisters Ballroom will host our 2020 Festival Lounge which will be open to our Movie Mogul, Star & Sponsor pass holders. Our Festival HQ will be in the hotel’s retail space, at the southeast corner of the building facing Morro Street.

In the last several months since opening, Hotel SLO has launched two successful restaurants, Piadina and Ox + Anchor, and become a generous community supporter. We are very grateful for their support of the SLO Film Fest and look forward to making it our Festival Hub this March!

Stay tuned for announcements about our Festival HQ opening date and more!


Newbie Passes Now on Sale!

rock1Never been to the SLO Film Fest? This is the perfect pass to try it out! The Newbie Pass can be used by one person for four regular screenings, four people for one screening, or any combination of up to 4 uses. This pass can only be used for “regular” screenings at SLO Brew’s Rock or the Fremont Theatre. This year there are 30% more screenings at those venues, for the same price as last year – only $40!

Last year was our first year at SLO Brew Rock, quickly becoming one of the hottest venues in town. The Rock features fantastic food on site, a full bar, and a new distillery, Rod & Hammer’s SLO Stills where you can taste spirits cut with Pacific Ocean!

Purchase your newbie pass here!


Now Taking Volunteer Applications!

Our volunteers are the core of making our festival a success. We are always looking for new volunteers that can help with anything, from ticket taking, to working venues, to parties and galas, and more! Email our new Volunteer Coordinator, Tasia Trevino-Hill to get started!


Stay tuned for more exciting news in the next few weeks about our incredible 2020 program. Our Surf Nite in SLO event will be announced next week!

See you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson & Skye McLennan
SLO Film Fest Director & Associate Director

Last Chance to Purchase Discounted Festival Passes!

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Can you believe 2020 is almost here? The clock is about to strike twelve and that means that our deadline to get discounted festival passes is almost here! Make sure to purchase your festival pass at this incredible price before midnight, December 31st. We have many different pass options, including our all-access Movie Mogul pass, which gets you into all of our special events, like Surf Nite, Opening Night, and the King Vidor Gala evening and festival lounge. And, in 2020, the Movie Mogul pass holders will get priority admission to all films. Purchase a pass by clicking here!


Know a young filmmaker?

studentsWe are still accepting films made by young filmmakers from all over the world, high school age and younger. Films must be under 10 minutes and can be submitted via Film Freeway, or directly to us via email, until January 13, 2020.

If you know a young filmmaker, please pass this along. Selected movies will be screened during our 2020 film festival. All films will vie for cash awards, too! And here’s the best thing…there is no entry fee!

Filmmakers must be 18 or younger and they MUST be the primary filmmakers too! (Sorry, mom and dad…it’s not that we don’t think you’re very talented too…)

We are looking for good films by elementary, middle and high school students. To find out more about the Filmmakers of Tomorrow Showcaseclick here!


Now Taking Volunteer Applications!

Our volunteers are the core of making our festival a success. We are always looking for new volunteers that can help with anything, from ticket taking, to working venues, to parties and galas, and more! Email our new Volunteer Coordinator, Tasia Trevino-Hill to get started!


Happy New Year!
See you at the movies,

Wendy Eidson & Skye McLennan
SLO Film Fest Director & Associate Director

 

Happy Holidays from SLO Film Festival

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Happy Holidays from the SLO Film Festival! We hope that you are enjoying the holiday season with loved ones and getting to enjoy a movie, or two, or three! Things are ramping up here at HQ as we finalize our film selections and work like busy elves creating the best festival for 2020. We cannot wait to reveal our incredible program in the next few months.


Early-Bird Pass Prices Ending Soon!

screeningCan you believe it’s almost January? Our Early-Bird prices are closing on December 31st at midnight. Don’t miss this opportunity to take advantage of these incredible deals and get your pass today! Our all-access Movie Mogul pass, gets you into all of our special events, like Surf Nite, Opening Night, and the King Vidor Gala evening. And, in 2020, the Movie Mogul pass holders will get priority admission to all films. Click here to book your pass! Secure your pass now!


Now Taking Volunteer Applications!

Our volunteers are the core of making our festival a success. We are always looking for new volunteers that can help with anything, from ticket taking, to working venues, to parties and galas, and more! Email our new Volunteer Coordinator, Tasia Trevino-Hill to get started!


Sponsor a film!

75062622_10162399086225263_4909380990670995456_oOne of the many ways you can support is by sponsoring a film. This gives you a unique opportunity to support a charity, organization or story that aligns with you. Our films cover a broad range of topics including environmental issues, art, healthcare, music, politics, mental health, and more. Your support has a direct impact in getting these stories exposed to a wide audience.

Your donation goes directly to operating expenses like marketing, venues, rentals, film licensing fees, artist travel, and much more. #MoviesMatter and we need and appreciate your support to help our festival continue to grow and thrive! Learn more by clicking here.


 

See you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson & Skye McLennan
SLO Film Fest Director & Associate Director

 

 

Youth Film Competition Now Open!

Our deadline for adult-made films has come and gone, but we are still accepting films made by young filmmakers, high school age and younger. Films under 10 minutes from all over the world can now be submitted on Film Freeway or directly to us until January 13, 2020.

If you know a young filmmaker, please pass this along. Selected movies will be screened during our 2020 film festival. All films will vie for cash awards too! And here’s the best thing…there is no entry fee!

Filmmakers must be 18 or younger and they MUST be the primary filmmakers too! (sorry mom and dad…it’s not that we don’t think you’re very talented too…)

We are looking for good films by elementary, middle and high school students. To find out more about the Filmmakers of Tomorrow Showcaseclick 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.


5 Point Film Festival Comes to SLO!

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The 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.

 

 


We look forward to receiving your films! And don’t forget the 5Point Adventure Film Festival tomorrow, 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

#MOVIES MATTER!

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Another #GivingTuesday is here and by now, you’ve probably been bombarded with plenty of Giving Tuesday emails. You may be wondering how to best use your limited resources to help as many charities as possible, while also supporting the organizations you love. We are privileged to be in such a giving community with so many wonderful organizations doing important work.

So why do movies matter?
Film helps foster a community, tells our stories and give us access to stories from around the world. We believe in exposing the San Luis Obispo community to diverse and important stories, stories that will help create change in our world, promote dialogue, make you laugh, cry and think!

Sponsor a movie!
One of the many ways you can support is by sponsoring a film. This gives you a unique opportunity to support a charity, organization or story that aligns with you. Our films cover a broad range of topics including environmental issues, art, healthcare, music, politics, mental health and more. Your support has a direct impact in getting these stories exposed to a wide audience.

Your donation goes directly to operating expenses like marketing, venues, rentals, film licensing, artist travel and much more. Movies Matter and we need and appreciate your support to help our festival continue to grow and thrive!

DONATE NOW


Early Bird Passes on Sale!

A quick reminder that our 2020 Festival Passes are all on sale now at a discounted price until December 31st. Festival passes make a great gift, and we are happy to personalize a message to the recipient if you let us know when you order.

Buy Passes now!


Show Your Support by Attending the 5Point Film Festival

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The 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!  Proceeds from ticket sales go directly to the SLO Film Festival! Purchase tickets here.


Looking forward to seeing you at SLO Film Fest 26, but meanwhile, have a great holiday season and thanks for your support in making #moviesmatter!

See you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson & Skye McLennan
SLO Film Fest Director & Associate Director