Movies Matter! For 25 years, the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival has been singing that tune, and 2019 will be no different. For the fest’s silver celebration, organizers are bringing in films that address politics, environment, women’s rights, and more. “We aren’t saving the world,” said Executive Director Wendy Lewis, “but we are definitely impacting the way audiences see the world.” And that sentiment is what keeps SoCreate going back year after year, as both sponsor and guest of SLOIFF.

This year, we’re thrilled to set up shop with cameras, lights, and director chairs at the SLOIFF headquarters in downtown San Luis Obispo. We’ll be shooting interviews with several celebrated filmmakers so we can share their insights with you on our YouTube channel, so be sure to subscribe to be notified of new videos. SLOIFF’s honored guests this year include:

Katharine Ross ActorKatharine Ross, known for her roles as Etta Place in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and as Elaine Robinson in The Graduate;

Alfred Molina ActorAlfred Molina, whose storied career began with Royal National Theatre and Broadway shows, followed by several acting roles in movies including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Anna Karenina and Chocolat;

Nick Vallelonga ScreenwriterNick Vallelonga, most recently awarded 2019 Oscars for Best Picture and Best Screenplay for Green Book, which he wrote and produced.

In addition, the festival offers 5 full days of movie magic, more than 80 film screenings, and dozens of panels and special events. Are you interested in attending? SLOIFF runs March 12-17 and tickets are still available at, by calling (805)546-3456, or at SLO Film Fest Headquarters at 1040 Court Street, San Luis Obispo, CA.

See you at the fest!

Courtney Meznarich, Director of Community Outreach


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Alfred Molina” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Justin Hoch