The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, which celebrated its 30th festival from April 25 to 30, saw its biggest attendance ever with more than 7,000 attendees, while showcasing a record number of films from 25 countries.

With a slate of over 125 narrative features, short films, documentary features and shorts, music videos, and festival favorites from the last 30 years, the festival offered a broad spectrum of fare for serious cinephiles, devoted film buffs and casual movie fans.

Festival highlights included the popular local favorite Surf Nite, as well as the Central Coast Filmmaker Showcase, Cal Poly Short Cuts, Music Video Showcase, Community of Skate, and a special 45th anniversary presentation of the horror classic Dawn of the Dead (1978) in association with local film festival MicroHorrors.

On the last night of the Festival, executive director Skye McLennon announced the George Sidney Independent Film Competition, Central Coast Showcase, and Audience Award winners.