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 25th Silver Screen Anniversary festival from March 12th to 17th, 2019.

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!"

The deadlines have passed for the George Sidney and Central Coast film competitions, but the Filmmakers of Tomorrow Showcase competition is still open to elementary through high school students from all over the world. College student films are not accepted in this competition.

Filmmakers of Tomorrow:

All Age Levels (High School, Middle & Primary): $100 cash prizes available
Best Film made by an individual
Best Film made by a group
Best SLO County Film
Best Animated Film
Best Wildlife Film – Sponsored by Pacific Wildlife Care (see info at
College sponsorship TBA


This competition is open to elementary through high school students from all over the world. College student films are not accepted in this competition.

Submissions in all categories must be received by January 11, 2019. There is no entry fee for K-12 Student Film entries.

Films can be stories told with photographs, animation, live action, music videos, documentaries…anything goes. The subject matter is open to your imagination but please…keep it clean. Films should be able to be rated G or PG.

All films must be a maximum of 10 minutes. Longer films will not be considered for screening at the SLO Film Fest. All music used should be fully credited at the end of the film.

The SLO Film Fest reserves the right to determine eligibility of any work submitted. All films submitted must have a completion date after January 1, 2018. We prefer to receive screening copies as online links – preferably Vimeo or YouTube.

Films selected for screening at the Festival will be notified by Feb. 15, 2019. All individual student filmmakers with films screening at the festival will be given one Movie Fanatic (six-film) pass, worth $80, to the 2019 SLO Film Fest. Groups of students will be given Fanatic passes to share. If you have any questions regarding film submissions, please email

Important: Don’t forget to include your student ID! This competition is for youth filmmakers only!

Overall Rating
  • Bruno Chatelin

    We are a big fan of SLO film fest, thrilled they have been such big fans of Rob's works. everything seemed so easy. Trust and passion.
    Bruno Chatelin Rob Stewart's agent

    April 2019
  • Frank McGinity

    Wonderful film festival! As a filmmaker SLOIFF was a pleasure to attend and they have great audience attendance of engaged viewers.

    April 2019
  • Max Shoham

    The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival screened two of my films. What an incredible opportunity! I only wish I could have been there. Young filmmakers have very few opportunities to actually see our films on a big screen with a live audience. Thank you!

    April 2019
  • Lisa J Dooley

    SLO Film Fest is one of the best! They take care of the filmmakers to a degree that I cannot praise enough. Also the screenings are packed with an audience that wants to engage and ask questions. We had great Q&As where we discussed themes and issues from the films. This is one of those festivals you do not want to miss!!!

    April 2019
  • Nate Duncan

    The SLO Film Festival was truly one of the best festivals I've ever attended. They had great communication and were extremely hospitable. It was an honor to screen my film there and it is a beautiful town and everyone we encountered was extremely kind and helpful.

    April 2019