Added screenings of The Big Chill and Star Wars:The Empire Strikes Back!

We’re very excited to announce two additional screenings that honor our King Vidor recipient, Lawrence Kasdan.

THE BIG CHILL (1983)
A bittersweet reunion of 30-something college friends is both cathartic and revealing, when eight friends pour out their hearts after a funeral for one of their old pals. Amidst laughter, tears and a raucous dinner cooked in the big Southern house they’ve rented for the weekend, writer/director Lawrence Kasdan hits all the right notes while exploring the angst of a generation of college graduates who’ve moved on to adulthood and all its complexities.

Sponsored by Franklin M. Seiple, Architect

Saturday, March 21 
Downtown Centre Cinemas – 1:15pm

STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK  (1980)
 “The Star Wars saga continues!” While the Death Star has been destroyed, the battle between the Empire and Rebel Alliance rages on…and the evil Darth Vader continues his relentless search for Luke Skywalker.

This was Lawrence Kasdan’s first Star Wars writing assignment in a series of sequels and is still considered by many the best of the entire blockbuster franchise. “The Empire Strikes Back isn’t just the best Star Wars film. As a piece of filmmaking, it’s all by itself.” Vulture – Every Star Wars MovieRanked, David Edelstein, 12/18/19.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see this epic classic on the Big Screen at the Fremont Theatre after an interview with screenwriter and 2020 King Vidor Award recipient Lawrence Kasdan, with TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz.

Saturday, March 21st
Fremont Theatre – 9pm
(Rush tickets available at the door)


Check out some of our Hollywood & Vines events! Movies paired with Food, Wine & More!

BREAKING BREAD: A CULINARY CELEBRATION OF CULTURE
A visually beautiful film that offers a recipe for tolerance and hope. Combining Arab and Jewish chefs and asking them to collaborate on mouthwatering local dishes. Film is paired with Middle Eastern appetizers.
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EAST MEETS WEST: 91 HARVESTS+FULL BOAR
Come experience two local Paso Robles wine films featuring J. Dusi Winery and Eberle Winery. Between the films, there will be a Q&A with Adam Montiel of The Cork Dorks and tasting of wines in the lobby.
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TASTES AND FLAVORS OF JAPAN
Travel to Japan for the day with a screening of local short documentary film MOCHITSUKI and feature THE STORY BEYOND A CUP OF SAKEIncludes with mochi and sake tastings 
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OCTAGON BARN MOVIE NIGHT
Come and see the newly renovated historic dairy barn on the edge of SLO, and enjoy great
wines, beer and an Old San Luis BBQ dinner, followed by WALKIN’ CALIFORNIA: PISMO
PRESERVE
and the highly acclaimed THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM.
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Major Thanks to Loyal Sponsor

Downtown Centre Cinemas
The oldest existing theatre company in the western U.S., the roots of the Sanborn Theatres family business go all the way back to the beginning of the industry. After working in production on early movies in Hollywood, A.L. Sanborn first acquired a playhouse in 1919 that featured a pipe organ. In 1921, he opened the Rivoli in Southern CA, followed by the Rialto in 1923 and the El Monte that featured another novelty – air conditioning! Son Bruce got involved in the theatre company in 1989 and supervised the growth from 25 to 100 theatres, from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. In 1990, the company became The Movie Experience as it modernized seating and state of the art projection. In March 1994, the Downtown Centre Cinemas 7 opened and the Sanborn Family is honored to once again partner with the SLO Film Fest.


We are deeply saddened to hear about the devastation in Nashville. Our Nashville-themed Opening Night we will be celebrating the beauty and voices of Nashville. We will be accepting donations at our event for The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee #nashvillestrong

Movies Matter!

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

Get your Surf Nite tickets soon!

Surf Nite tickets are selling fast, so be sure to secure your tickets to our popular event! Don’t miss the chance to see Brent Storm’s award-winning WHITE RHINO with big wave surfer Dave Wassel traveling from Hawaii for the event. Surf photographer Brian Bielmann, director Brent Storm, producer/narrator Julie Romaniuk and producer Randy Olson all 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 colleague and surf legend, Linda Benson.
Presented by Surfing for Hope FoundationCity of Pismo Beach
Also Sponsored by Cliffs Hotel and Spa, Sea Venture, Sycamore Mineral Spring Resort, Apple Farm, Coast 104.5, and Quality Suites San Luis Obispo

Friday, March 20

Fremont Theatre – 7:00pm

Love the ocean? Check out our other water-centric films!

BY HAND
In an attempt to escape comfort, reconnect to the natural world and set a new bar for ocean adventure, SLO County residents and twin brothers Casey and Ryan Higginbotham decided to embark on a 2,200-mile paddle from Alaska to Mexico with 18 foot paddle boards. 
Sponsored by Pacific Eye Surgeons

Screens with short documentary WATERPROOF

This story by Born into Brothels director Ross Kauffman, dives deep into the lifeguards perspective of East Hampton and their crusade to create a safe swimming environment.
Sponsored by Anthony Peckham & Hilary Saner

Thursday, March 19
Fremont Theatre – 7:30pm

SPOONS: A SANTA BARBARA STORY
With never-before-seen footage from surfing’s Golden Age, and outtakes from some of surfing’s most well-known filmmakers, this is a story of craftsmanship, work ethic, renegades and tradition.
Sponsored by Surfing for Hope Foundation & the Nelson Family

Saturday, March 21
Bay Theater -11:00am
Screens with WATERPROOF

Major Thanks to Loyal Sponsors

The Cliffs Hotel and Spa,Sea Venture Beach Hotel, Sycamore Mineral Spring Resort, Apple Farm are proud to be longtime Major Sponsors of the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. These hotels offer truly unique accommodations, stellar amenities, and unforgettable memories.

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements!

See you at the movies!

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

Classic Mexican Cinema on the Big Screen…and more!

This newly remastered classic from the UCLA Archives can be seen on the Big Screen at the Fremont Theatre. Featuring 1930’s Cal Poly grad Pedro Armendáriz in the leading role, this is the story of a revolutionary soldier who falls into a difficult love affair in the town of Cholula. After the movie, Armendáriz will receive a posthumous award presented by Cal Poly president, Jeffrey Armstrong. A representative from the Los Angeles Mexican Consulate will accept the award on his behalf.

Saturday, March 21 – Fremont – 1:00pm
Sponsored by 
Latino Outreach Council


NOTHING FANCY: DIANA KENNEDY with pre-reception at JUSTIN Downtown Tasting Room, 811 12th Street
At the JUSTIN Downtown Tasting Room on the park, a pre-movie reception will include their incredible wines and Mexican-themed appetizers. A short walk from there, the Park Cinemas will screen NOTHING FANCY: DIANA KENNEDY, a wonderful whirlwind tour through the life and work of the 97-year-old cookbook author and environmental activist who has spent her life mastering Mexican cuisine.
Friday, March 20
Pre-party at 5:30pm, movie at 7pm

Sponsored by JUSTIN Winery & Vineyards & Jacqueline Frederick Law Firm 


OPENING NIGHT: NASHVILLE COMES TO SLO!
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.

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      
7:00-10:00pm
It All Begins with a Song plus Q&A and performances by Jude Johnstone and Jade Jackson – Fremont Theater
Presented by French Hospital Medical Center
Also Sponsored by Luna RedNovoMint + Craft98.1 KJUG and Adamski Moroski Madden Cumberland and Green LLP


Major Thanks to Loyal Sponsor


New Times is San Luis Obispo County’s 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. New Times is locally owned and operated in San Luis Obispo and is home to 55 Fiction, Best Of San Luis Obispo County Readers Poll, Winning Images Photography Contest, The New Times Music Awards, and the Shredder.


We have so many wonderful things to share with you over the next few weeks! Come by our Headquarters at Hotel San Luis Obispo (Entrance on Morro St) to pick up your program guide & passes!

See you at the movies!

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

Announcing Lawrence Kasdan as year’s King Vidor Award honoree

Join us for our most highly anticipated and festive evening as we celebrate award-winning films as well as our 2020 Spotlight and King Vidor Award recipients on the stage of the historic Fremont Theater.The 26th Annual King Vidor Award will be presented to Director/Screenwriter/Producer, Lawrence Kasdan.

With a long impressive list of screenwriting and directing credits, Lawrence Kasdan is the perfect honoree for our 26th Annual Career Achievement Award. His movies are an eclectic mix of genres, showing his vast range as an artist, much like the namesake of this award, King Vidor.

Presented by BHE Renewables and Justin Vineyards and Winery, the King Vidor Award presentation will take place immediately after the George Sidney Independent Film Awards ceremony. Following the presentation, Turner Classic Movies’ Ben Mankiewicz will host a discussion of Kasdan’s impressive career.

Kasdan’s introduction to film fans as a screenwriter came via two of the all-time popular classics of the 80s and beyond: STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980) and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981). What would follow were a string of films that, while varied in setting and style, cemented Kasdan, the writer/director, as one of the top talents behind the camera helping set the tone for a decade onscreen: BODY HEAT (1983), THE BIG CHILL (1983) – for which he received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay, SILVERADO (1985), and THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST (1988), for which he received nominations for both Best Picture and Best Screenplay Adaptation. The latter two films, Kasdan also produced.

Prolific, Kasdan continued to both write and direct films throughout the next decade, with highlights including; the critically acclaimed GRAND CANYON (1991), which he co-wrote with his wife, Meg Kasdan (and received another Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay), as well as directed and produced; the box-office smash, Mick Jackson’s THE BODYGUARD (1992), which Kasdan wrote and produced; the epic western WYATT EARP (1994), which he co-wrote with Dan Gordon, directed, and produced; the Meg Ryan/Kevin Kline romantic comedy FRENCH KISS (1995), which he helmed; and the lightly comedic drama MUMFORD (1999), which he wrote, directed and produced.

2003’s DREAMCATCHER (co-written with William Goldman) and 2012’s DARLING COMPANION (co-written with Meg Kasdan), Kasdan’s other two outings as writer, director, and producer, could not have been more different from one another. The former being an adaptation of one of Steven King’s more gonzo horror works, and the latter being an introspective drama centered around the love for and loss of a dog. 

Kasdan, the screenwriter, has also been one of the architects of the growing Star Wars universe, having written STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015), and SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018). Most recently, he has turned his attention to documentary filmmaking and will be attending SLO Film Fest screenings of his and Meg Kasdan’s, LAST WEEK AT ED’S, about the closing of the beloved Ed’s Coffee Shop in West Hollywood.

Saturday, March 21
7pm | Fremont Theater, SLO
$20 General / $15 Students
All Access passes and Red Carpet tickets

AWARDS NIGHT AFTER PARTY
Sponsored by
Big Sky Cafe, Windows on the Water,Novo, SLO Provisions, Sheila Kearns Chocolate & Confections
and Ancient Peaks, Sculpterra and Stanger Vineyards
Party the night away with the award winners and great live music by The Tipsy Gypsies at the SLO Museum of Art, just a quick walk from the Fremont Theater through Mission Plaza. Enjoy epic food, wine, beer and cider from local purveyors and festival sponsors.


Major Thanks to Loyal Sponsor

American General Media
Coast 104.5 / The Krush 92.5 / 98.1 KJUG / 93.3 KZOZ / KVEC News Talk 920AM
American General Media provides marketing solutions for small, medium, and large business. Whether you are seeking on-air, online, or event marketing, ask how AGM can create customized solutions to help you grow your business. American General Media is committed to helping the marketing efforts of our clients and partners by reaching the largest and most desirable audiences with on-air, digital and event marketing in the markets we serve.


You can pick up our physical program guides and passes at our headquarters at the Hotel San Luis Obispo starting Wednesday, February 26th from 12pm to 2pm. Check our website for HQ hours.

See you at the movies!

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

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

BUY TICKETS


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

Healey

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)

BUY 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 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