Visit slofilmfest.org for full film line-up and festival schedule


See the list of films HopeDance FiLMs recommends:


  • the world’s most famous test pilot of all time. 

  • the Queen of the Kiwi.

  • world-class documentary filmmakers.

  • Oscar-nominated IMAX filmmaker. 

  • award-winning young adult fiction author.

  • Oscar-nominated visual effects artist.

  • 2018 Olympic Snowboarding hopeful and pre-med student.

  • surf legends.

  • Warner Brothers Film Restoration Expert.

  • grief counselor, author and philosopher.

What do all these people have in common? They will all be visiting the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, attending screenings and Q&A’s of movies that will dazzle and entertain you. And this is just a few of them! 

>From March 10-15, San Luis Obispo County will play host to many more amazing filmmakers and special guests. 

Add to the mix a little Hollywood “glitter” with special guests like….    

Look for the number references below to find out why all these folks are coming! And then think about how often you get a chance to hobnob with world-class talent in the relaxing small town atmosphere SLO County is famous for.

Buy a Festival Pass and/or get special event tickets now, and take advantage of this rare opportunity to meet some very inspirational people and see films you might not see anywhere else.

Go to slofilmfest.org for full film listings and festival schedule. And stop by and visit us at our Headquarters at 1007 Monterey St. – now open almost daily! Please check our limited hours before you go though – hours are posted on our website home page

Looking forward to seeing you at the 2015 SLOIFF – Where Movies Matter!

Wendy Eidson
SLOIFF Festival Director

Opening Night: THE ROAD WITHIN

Presented by USL

We kick off our 21st birthday with a new and very unique coming-of-age movie. THE ROAD WITHIN, starring Dev Patel, Robert Sheehan, and Zoe Kravitz will open the festival on Tuesday, March 10th at a Red Carpet Event at the Fremont Theatre in downtown San Luis Obispo.

Vincent (played by Irish native Robert Sheehan) has Tourette’s syndrome. When his mother dies, Vincent becomes obsessed with scattering her ashes by the ocean. Too much for his busy father to handle, Vincent is sent to a residential treatment center in Nevada where he befriends two other “inmates” struggling with their own personal issues. At odds with both his father and therapist, Vincent convinces his new friends to join him on an epic road trip. [email protected]“>Click here to read more. 

Robert Sheehan, will be in attendance, along with fellow cast member, Alli Hillis, writer/director Gren Wells and producer Brent Emery. You can meet them and fellow Festival-goers at the Opening Night Party happening at Luna Red in downtown SLO. From 5:00-6:30pm, enjoy mouth-watering appetizers, wines from Center of Effort and Bianchi Winery, craft beers and a signature cocktail in Luna Red’s relaxing yet elegant patio setting, right next to the Mission and just blocks from the Fremont Theatre.

Movie Mogul and Filmmaker passes will be accepted for the Opening Night Party and movie. Tickets for the reception will be available on a limited basis at the door for $30/person.  

THE ROAD WITHIN – Tuesday, March 10 – 7:00pm

Fremont Theatre, San Luis Obispo

$12 General / $10 Students & SLOIFF Film Society

All festival passes will be accepted for this event – [email protected]“>Click here for tickets 

Just Announced: FARMLAND

Sponsored by SLO Farm Bureau

Most Americans have never set foot on a farm or ranch, or even spoken with the people who grow and raise the food we eat. FARMLAND takes an intimate look at the lives of six young farmers and ranchers, all in their twenties and thirties, responsible for running their own agriculture businesses. Academy Award winning director James Moll travels across the country to capture a first-hand glimpse into this high-risk/high-reward job, along the way discovering the passion these farmers have for a way of life, passed down from generation to generation, which continues to evolve. This is a 70 min. documentary. [email protected]“>Watch movie trailer and read more about the film.

On Friday, March 13, the SLO Farm Bureau is hosting a VIP Special Event Pre-Screening Party from 5:00 – 6:30pm at the historic San Luis Obispo Masonic Lodge, 859 Marsh Street, SLO (just steps from the movie at the Downtown Cinemas.) Featuring the cuisine of Chef Charles Paladin-Wayne with wines, craft beer and non-alcoholic beverages; gift bags and a Selfie-Center for Social Media fun, the ticket includes the film screening and preferred seating until 6:45pm. Dr. Scott Vernon, from Cal Poly’s Dept. of Agriculture will be on hand for a casual discussion after the film. 

Tickets are $50/person for this fun and educational night out on the town, and proceeds support the SLO Farm Bureau and SLOIFF. $12 general admission tickets are also available on a limited basis. [email protected]“>Click here to purchase tickets for this special screening.

FARMLAND will also screen on Sunday, March 15 at 4pm at the Galaxy Theatre in Atascadero. Those tickets will be available at the box office, day of show. All festival passes are welcome.


SPIRIT OF THE MARATHON II – Saturday, March 14, 12pm
Sponsored by SLO Marathon – [email protected]“>Click here for details

THE MASK YOU LIVE IN – Saturday, March 14, 3pm
Sponsored by Women’s Legacy Fund – [email protected]“>Click here for details

FEAR NO FRUIT – World Premiere – March 11 & 12
Sponsored by Cal Poly Center for Expressive Technologies 
[email protected]“>Click here for details

THE BREAKFAST CLUB – Friday, March 13, 8:30pm
Sponsored by Union Bank & Q104.5 – [email protected]“>Click here for details

and if you need lodging, check us out here:

a 2 bedroom house for 4 people:

[email protected]“>https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/4383895

A guest room for 2 people:

[email protected]“>https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/876957