You can visit the BOX OFFICE tab on our website, or visit us at our Box Office a month before the festival to purchase tickets to the festival.  

Yes! We’ll have a physical box office the month before the festival starts. 

We want everyone to be able to experience the festival, so we have a wide range of ticketing options depending on your budget.

We have everything from FREE shorts programs to individual screening tickets for $15, all the way to All-Access Festival Passes for $350. You can find a detailed list of our ticketing options in our BOX OFFICE.

Follow this STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE or this STEP BY STEP VIDEO detailing how to redeem your Fan Pack after your purchase.

A Shorts Program is curated series of short films that play back to back in a single screening slot. Each of our shorts programs will offer a Q&A with attending filmmakers after the films. Each shorts program will play 3 times throughout the festival, and will be available virtually during our Virtual Encore Week.

Absolutely! If you are on our mailing list you should be receiving one in the mail the first week of April, otherwise you can come pick one up at our Box Office the first week of April! Come on in so you can start marking it up and making a game plan!

View last year’s program: PDF PROGRAM HERE

This year we’re returning to all of our staple festival venues! The Fremont Theater, Palm Theatre, Downtown Centre Cinemas, Sunset Drive-In, and Park Cinemas! 



The SLO Film Festival is an International Independent Film Festival featuring films in all genres, lengths and budgets from around the world. With over 100 films scheduled throughout the week there is something for everybody!

Yes! Come learn from the pros! We will be hosting panels in our Festival Lounge during the weekend of the festival! 


New this year we are extending the festival past the 6-day experience.

Whether you are out of town and can’t make the in-person screenings from April 25–30, would rather watch from the comfort of your home, or just want to continue the festivities into May, we have multiple offerings!

VIRTUAL FESTIVAL: Watch the available festival films from the comfort of your own home form May 1 – May 5. 


Look for the cloud icon on film descriptions to indicate whether the film is available virtually or not. Some films are restricted to California and some have limited virtual capacity, so we suggest booking online in advance for individual ticket buyers and Fan Pack holders. Please check online film descriptions for virtual restrictions.

Visit VIRTUAL.GOELEVENT.COM to view films. If you have an All-Access Pass (Movie Mogul Pass, Sponsor All-Access, Filmmaker All-Access) or a SLOFilmFest@Home Pass, please log in to the PASS HOLDER area. If you have a Fan Pack 6 Package or have purchased individual tickets please use the TICKET HOLDER area.

Films can be played on your desktop or on your Smart TV through Chromecast or the Elevent App in Apple and Roku stores.

Incredible films that in most cases you wouldn’t get to see outside of the festival, Q&A’s with visiting filmmakers, special events, live music, mingling and FUN!

We suggest arriving a minimum of 35 minutes before a screening begins.


When you arrive at the venue there will be a PASS HOLDER LINE (Movie Mogul, All Access Sponsor, Filmmaker, Movie Star Pass), a TICKET HOLDER LINE (Fan Pack 4, Fan Pack 6, Individual Tickets), and a RUSH TICKETS LINE. Get in your corresponding line.


30 minutes before a show begins the Pass Holder Line will be let in. After all have been let in from the Pass Holder Line, any late-coming Pass Holders will go straight to the Ticket Holder Line and be let in first come first served 15 minutes before the screening.


Having a pass or a ticket does not guarantee you admission to the screening, but ticket holders will be reimbursed in the off-chance of not being admitted. Please arrive early.

PASSHOLDERS: Just bring your pass! Make sure you’ve picked up your physical pass with your name and barcode at our HQ. We will not accept printed confirmations. 

TICKET HOLDERS: Bring a printed ticket or use your phone to display the QR code to the specific screening or event. The ticket must be attached to a specific film – make sure to redeem your Fan Pack for the films you are interested in attending.