San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

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!"

Named for the fourth 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 festival 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 Prize categories:
Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Student Film (any length)

All winners will receive gift certificates for San Luis Obispo County hotel stays, wine tasting, dining and related tourism vouchers for a 2-3 day visit to San Luis Obispo.

Central Coast Filmmaker Showcase award categories:
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

Filmmakers of Tomorrow:
All Age Levels (High School, Middle & Primary):
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 slofilmfest.org)

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, 2017. 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 31, 2019. 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 2019 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.

FILMMAKERS OF TOMORROW SHOWCASE:

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 info@slofilmfest.org.

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

Website: 
http://slofilmfest.org/

Films in consideration for the Film Festival screening at the World Film Fair