Five Film Fest Favorites | 25th Annual SLO Film Fest
We all love a good movie, and with the 25th Annual SLO Film Fest right around the corner, its time we honor the makers of these masterpieces. The SLO Film Fest has been honoring film on the cinematic Central Coast for 25 years, and this year’s event will take place March 12-17th in downtown San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, and Morro Bay. There is a lot going on, so check out slofilmfest.org for more info. We’re especially thankful for the exposure that festival brings to SLO County, so we wanted to share our top five film fest favorites!
1. Visitors get to explore the Central Coast
If you call the Central Coast home, you know we live in a little slice of paradise. But for many film fest attendees, this could be their first time visiting the Central Coast! We love anything that gives people an excuse to explore this beautiful region. So while you may have come for the films, stay for the scenery! Don’t miss out on wine tasting in the wine country of Paso Robles, relax in the sand at Avila Beach, or drive the shores of Pismo State Beach. While you’re here, stay with us at any of our area resorts! In Pismo Beach at Pismo Lighthouse Suites or Shore Cliff Hotel. In Avila Beach at Avila Lighthouse Suites, or in Paso Robles at the Paso Robles Inn!
2. The big screen brings in big names
In the past, the SLO Film Fest has brought names like Morgan Freeman, Zac Efron, and many more to the Central Coast. This year stars like Alfred Molina and Katharine Ross are two of the bigger names attending the festival—with Katharine Ross performing during opening night, and Alfred Molina on hand to accept the King Vitor Award. That’s reason enough to make this festival a priority! Purchase passes for the event here.
3. You get the best of both worlds: film & food (wine & beer too)
What would a proper film festival be without great food and drinks? With sponsors like Chamisal Vineyards, Luna Red, Firestone Walker, Taste, and more—this year’s line up will be delicious! Go the extra mile and purchase a Movie Mogul Pass to experience both great films and great local fare. While you’re in the area, check out our very own Steakhouse at the Paso Robles Inn. You’ll find a $5 off coupon on page 53 of your festival guide!
4. Shining a spotlight on indie films
Had it not been for film festivals like this one, movies like Paranormal Activity, Juno, and Slumdog Millionaire may have never seen nationwide releases. By screening at film festivals, independent films have the chance to gain wider recognition, not to mention more investors. There are many titles in this year’s pool, some even tell local stories, like Tin City. Written, produced, and directed by Dina Mande—Tin City tells the story of the rebellious and creative winemakers, brew masters, and distillers working in the epicurean playground of Tin City located in Paso Robles. Check out Tin City and many more at this year’s festival! For a full list of screenings click here.
5. New and old: check out the retrospective collection
This year you can take a look back at the first 25 years of the SLO Film Fest with a collection of favorite throwbacks and past award winners screening throughout the festival. Some are more recent while others are from an age gone by. Either way, you don’t want to miss this blast from the past! With films like A Star is Born (1937), Creature of the Black Lagoon (1954), and The Shot Felt Around the World (2012)—the retrospective collection of films is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
These may be our favorites, but you may have others! Experience the festival for yourself and share your photos with #CentralCoasting. We’ll see you there!