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20-Apr-2014 11:39am PDT  


San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

20 Annual March 05, 2014 to March 09, 2014

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P.O. Box 1449
San Luis Obispo CA 93406
Phone: 805.546.3456
Fax: 805.540-3580

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George Sidney Independent Film Competition
Named for Academy Award winning director George Sidney, a longtime supporter of the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival and of upcoming filmmakers, the George Sidney Independent Film Competition welcomes films of all lengths and genres.
Central Coast Filmmakers Showcase
The Central Coast Filmmakers Showcase features locally produced films that might not otherwise have the opportunity to be publicly screened in San Luis Obispo.

Filmmakers with films that were produced, directed or written by residents of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara or Monterey counties are invited to submit their films for possible inclusion in the Central Coast Filmmakers Showcase. The CCFS fees are discounted.

The same film cannot be entered in both competitions however. A separate set of jurists will choose a selection of films to be screened as "local" films. If the filmmaker decides to submit the "local" film to the George Sidney Independent Film Competition, it will be judged by the SLOIFF Programming Committee along with all other entries from around the world and will not be considered for the CCFS competition.
Young Filmmakers of Tomorrow
The SLOIFF Film Competition includes three YOUTH categories: High School (9-12), Middle School (7-8), and K-6 (Primary). Student films will be judged by a panel of teachers, students, parents and SLOIFF board members.

COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO SUBMIT IN THIS CATEGORY. College students should submit to George Sidney Independent Film competition. Films submitted in the wrong category will not be considered. DVD entries should be accompanied by a copy of the filmmakers student ID, or a letter from a home school organization.

This competition is open to students 18 yrs. and younger from all over the world. San Luis Obispo County residents are eligible for special prizes.

Submissions in all categories must be received by January 10, 2014. There is no entry fee for Filmmakers of Tomorrow Student Film entries, but DVD entries should be accompanied by a copy of the filmmakers student ID, or a letter from a home school organization.

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 music used should be fully credited at the end of the film. Films longer than 10 minutes will not be considered for screening.

To entertain, educate and inspire film-goers and filmmakers. Movies Matter!

"Small town, world class fest!" MovieMaker Magazine recently also called the SLOIFF "one of the best film events in the country," in their Summer 2013 issue. We offer filmmakers and film fans an intimate, small town setting surrounded by scenic beaches, vineyards and the beautiful ranch land of the California Central Coast.

The 20th San Luis Obispo International Film Festival is scheduled for March 5-9, 2014. The festival features a diverse spectrum of contemporary narrative features, documentary and short films from independent filmmakers from all over the world. In recent years the SLOIFF has developed a reputation for showcasing the talents of new emerging independent filmmakers who are shaping the future of the motion picture industry. San Luis Obispo's proximity to Los Angeles (3 hr. drive) makes it very easy for filmmakers, celebrities and industry people to attend the Festival.

Films are screened in all parts of the county, with a concentration of screenings in downtown San Luis Obispo, recently named the "happiest place in America." Festival highlights have included epic surf and extreme sports films and heroes, cutting-edge new films, local and youth films, behind-the-scenes panels, a focus on women filmmakers and issues, and classic film "Hollywood & Vines" events pairing great classics with local wine and food, including historic screenings at Hearst Castle.

Every year, the King Vidor Award for Excellence in Filmmaking is presented to a well-respected industry professional who has made a notable artistic contribution in any facet of the industry. Past recipients include Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, Elmer Bernstein, Eva Marie Saint, Norman Jewison, Robert Wise, Sir Richard Taylor and John Hawkes. Each year, independent film awards are presented to talented independent filmmakers, and five days of screenings, parties, wine tasting and workshops allow filmmakers many networking opportunities. Local filmmaker hosts are also assigned to make navigating the festival and the county more manageable.

Films in competition are juried by notable professionals who specialize in narrative, documentary and short films and filmmakers are eligible for cash prizes.

Brigetta Walsh (Treasurer) ; Cassie Brown ; Charlotte Alexander (Managing Director) ; Nancy Joynt (Assistant to the Director) ; Paul Metchik (President) ; susan minker (Festival Registrar)

All contemporary films, in and outside of the George Sidney Independent Film Competition will be considered for the "Best in the Fest" award. Only competition films will be considered for Best Narrative, Best Documentary, Best Short and Best Student prizes.

Films directed, written or produced by residents of San Luis Obispo, Monterey or Santa Barbara Counties, or films shot in these counties, are eligible to be entered in the Central Coast Filmmakers Showcase category. There is a reduced entry fee but films CANNOT be entered in both the Central Coast Showcase AND George Sidney Independent Film Competition. Central Coast Showcase films will not be considered Official Selections of SLOIFF, but will be judged and selected on merit by a separate set of jurors. Go to for more information.

Youth films (elementary-high school) will be screened in the Young Filmmakers of Tomorrow Showcase and have separate entry and selection requirements. Go to for more information.

Deadline: Submissions in all categories (except Filmmakers of Tomorrow) must be received no later than November 30, 2013. WAB late entry deadline is extended to December 15, 2013 with an increase in entry fees. The SLOIFF reserves the right to determine eligibility of any work submitted. All films submitted must have a completion date after March 1, 2012. For purposes of submission, three screening copies must be submitted on DVD. Multiple entries accepted.

Notification: Films selected for screening at the festival will be notified no later than February 15, 2014. Please do
not contact the SLOIFF to inquire about submission disposition. All submitted materials become property of the SLOIFF
and will not be returned.

Payment: All entries must be pre-paid by credit card or accompanied by a check or money order payable to the SAN LUIS OBISPO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL for the full submission fee [please see submission fee schedule in listing]. Multiple submissions require separate payments: please do not combine fees into one check or money order.

Please visit our website,, for listing of complete rules, eligibility, and regulations.


SLOIFF is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless SLOIFF from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. Award-winning and popular films may be screened again after the festival dates, with permission of the filmmaker.