The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLO Film Fest) will once again attract stars, great films and film enthusiasts to the Central Coast of California, when it celebrates its 24th annual festival from March 13th to 18th, 2018.

Located half-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco, San Luis Obispo's laid-back vibe and serene natural beauty is the perfect setting for this highly regarded annual film celebration. Filmmakers rave about the warmth and attentiveness that is so much a part of the SLO Film Fest experience, as does the swelling tide of industry pros and film critics who are fast discovering the Festival's thoughtful audiences and unique programming sensibility. At the SLO Film Fest, "Movies Matter!"

Named for the third time to MovieMaker Magazine's list of the "Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee", the SLO Film Fest was also called "one of the best film events in the country" by MovieMaker publisher, Timothy Rhys after a recent visit. Come and find out why filmmakers, celebrities and the press return year after year to enjoy the Festival's perfect balance of film, wine and fun!

Awards & Prizes

George Sidney Independent Film Competition:
Best Narrative Feature - $1000
Best Documentary Feature - $1000
Best Narrative Short Film - $500
Best Documentary Short Film - $500
Best Student Film (any length) - $500

Central Coast Filmmaker Showcase:
Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Student Film (any length)
Best PSA

Audience Awards:
Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best in the Fest - Weekend stay at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort

Rules & Terms

The SLO Film Fest reserves the right to determine eligibility of any work submitted. All films submitted must have a completion date after March 1, 2016. Preferred format for screening copies is online link – preferably Vimeo or YouTube.

Films selected for screening at the Festival will be notified no later than January 15, 2018. All George Sidney Independent Film Competition filmmakers will be provided with one night’s accommodation at a hotel in the San Luis Obispo area. They will also be given two all-access passes to the 2018 SLO Film Fest.

Filmmakers with films that were produced, directed or written by residents in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara or Monterey counties are invited to submit their films for a discounted entry fee, for possible screening in the Central Coast Filmmakers Showcase. The same film cannot be entered in the George Sidney Independent Film Competition however. A separate set of jurists will choose a selection of films to be screened as “local” films. If the “local” film is entered in the George Sidney Independent Film Competition it will be judged by the SLO Film Fest Programming Committee along with all other entries from around the world. If a film is entered in the wrong category, it will be disqualified.

SLO Film Fest Alumni filmmakers are invited to submit a new film with a fee waiver.

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    Michael McKinley

    As an attendee and filmmaker in competition, I can say that this festival is a real pleasure. The staff and everyone involved with the festival had excellent communication, and it was a joy to bring my film "back to the homeland" of the Central Coast. SLO is an awesome place, and this is an excellent festival!

    May 2017
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    Johnny Kirk

    There's a reason why this considered one of the best film festivals in the country. Even though my film was short, I was still treated like a rockstar. The festival ended a month ago and still telling my colleagues of my festival experience and exploration of the beautiful county. Thank you SLOIFF for making me part of the film family and alumni. We will definitely cross paths again.

    April 2017
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    Simo Nylander

    Great film Festival! This was my first submission. Filmmakers were treated very well.

    April 2017
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    Michael Raso

    A fabulous film festival organised by a marvellous group of people! I'd encourage any film maker to make their next submission to this festival. Thank you San Luis Obispo International Film Festival for a wonderful service!

    April 2017
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    Julián Quintanilla

    Incredible festival top of the top. I was attending the festival with my short film in competition: the theatres were crowded. The Audience was amazing and everyone from San Luis Obispo was Lovely. Congratulations for such a wonderful festival. SLO forever!

    April 2017