SLO Film Fest News: We Want Your Movies and More!

The SLO Film Fest is excited to announce that we are now accepting new films for the 2019 Festival and we look forward to finding an exciting new program of movies and special guests in the coming months.

All details for submitting to our three competition categories can be found by clicking here. There is the George Sidney Independent Film Competitionopen to filmmakers all over the world, any film genre or length is acceptable. Then there's the Central Coast Filmmaker Showcase, open to filmmakers (writer, director and/or producer) who live in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara or Monterey counties. We also have a youth-oriented category called Filmmakers of Tomorrow, and that is open to young filmmakers 18 yrs. and younger.

If you're a movie lover who thinks you'd be a good addition to our Screening Committee, we will be looking to add new people in the fall, so please send us an email to let us know you're interested. We look for a wide variety of people with eclectic tastes, so we'll send you an application with some information about this volunteer position. Please send your enquiry to with "Screener" in the subject heading.

I'm delighted to announce that we have a new staff member and a new board member joining our team for the 2019 season!

Cal Poly grad, Grace Tucker, worked with us last year as a Festival Assistant and was quickly dubbed "Amazing Grace" by staff and volunteers. Grace was just promoted to Assistant to the Director, and former incredible Assistant Nancy Ross Joynt will be focusing on Volunteer Coordination and assisting Grace when needed. Chris Aho continues as Development Director, John Wildman as publicist and Barry Goyette will create more inspired designs and photography for our special 25th Anniversary festival. What a team!

Of course that team also includes a dedicated board of directors and we are very excited to welcome Christine Williams this year!

Christine Williams was born and raised in Chicago, Il, and moved to Pismo Beach in 2011 with her husband Bob. Christine had retired from a successful 30-year career as a health care business development executive, working at CIGNA, United HealthGroup, Medline and CVS. She particularly excelled at, and enjoyed working with, Fortune 500 companies, employer alliances and joint ventures.

A passionate supporter of the Arts, Christine has served on various Theatre Boards including the Raven Theatre located in Chicago, Solvang Theaterfest (Solvang, CA), and SLORep (formerly: SLO Little Theatre. She and Bob have been fervent supporters of the SLO Film Festival, volunteering in various roles and Bob has been thrilled to have a few of his films shown as part of the Central Coast Filmmakers’ Showcase.

An urban dweller in Chicago throughout her life, Christine has an intense and
impassioned sense of community. She is excited about the opportunity to use her sales skills and love of “the hunt” to help the Film Festival raise funds for its wonderful contributions towards enhancing the culture of the San Luis Obispo area.

To find out more about all of our exemplary board of directors, click here!

Lastly, I am happy to share this fun memory of our last festival's Women Belong in the Kitchen event which was turned into an episode for Teri Bayus' foodie cable show, "Tastebuds." The event brought together a wonderful mix of female Central Coast chefs, restaurant owners and wine makers, as well as the film and filmmaker that inspired the event – Joanna James and A FINE LINE. To relive the fun of that Sunday afternoon event, click here!

That's all for now! Stay tuned for news coming soon about a few fall fundraising events you won't want to miss. 2019 Festival Passes are on sale now at our Early-Bird Prices - click here to find out more and to purchase. They make great gifts too!

See you at the movies!

Wendy Eidson
SLO Film Fest Director