The 23rd San Luis Obispo International Film Festival is scheduled for March 14-219, 2017. 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 SLO Film Fest has developed a reputation for showcasing the talents of new emerging independent filmmakers who are shaping the future of the motion picture industry.
Films are screened in several 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. The Festival Tent in downtown SLO became the meeting place for filmmakers, media, sponsors and major pass holders making it a great venue for networking and wine tasting.