One of California’s most unique film festivals that celebrates film, food, wine, surf and fun in the sun is coming to the Central Coast this spring. So save the date and start planning your road trip down the cost to the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, taking place from March 15 – March 20.
Among many highlights, the SLO International Film Festival will award Academy Award nominee and five-time Golden Globe winner Ann-Margret with the prestigious King Vidor Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the 22nd Annual SLO Film Fest in March.
Academy Award-winner Alan Arkin, who received the King Vidor Award in 2010, will present the award to his friend and colleague at the Fremont Theatre in Downtown San Luis Obispo on Saturday, March 19.
The event will begin at 5 p.m. with a screening of Viva Las Vegas. After a short intermission, Ann-Margret will be presented with the King Vidor Award, followed by juried awards for winning filmmakers in several categories. An awards after-party will also be held at the SLO Masonic Lodge in downtown San Luis Obispo, sponsored by several preeminent local wineries, restaurants and breweries.
Other Highlights of the 22nd Annual SLO Film Fest include:
The new Hollywood & Vines Hospitality Tent behind the historic Fremont Theater will feature behind-the-scenes film panels, after-parties with live music, happy hour events and Central Coast wine, beer and food.
11th Annual Surf Nite in SLO will feature Ocean Driven, a new documentary about big wave surfer and Maverick’s champion, Chris Bertish.
Vintage Paso Robles: Zinfandel and the Paso Wine Alliance will sponsor Somm: Into the Bottle, part of an event that includes a “Zinposium” hosted by Master Sommelier Fred Dame and an after-party at the Park Ballroom, featuring California Zinfandels and local desserts.
An Afternoon of Film Noir & Pinot Noir will offer attendees a chance to taste a variety of Central Coast Pinot’s (including a number of award-winning wines) before a screening of a great “film noir.” The event is sponsored by Grape Encounters & SLO Wine Country.
Special Presentation films throughout the festival include a retrospective of Ann-Margret’s film career including a Sing-long With Bye Bye Birdie on closing night; the silent classic Nosferatu with an original and live piano score by German pianist, Markus Horn; a day-long series of ocean-related films in Avila Beach; a new film series for running enthusiasts; a classic William Wellman film hosted by William Wellman Jr., and more to be announced soon.
A number of special-event tickets are on sale now. The complete festival schedule and film lineup will be announced in early February on www.slofilmfest.org.