Washington, DC & Northern Virginia – USA
May 6 to 12, 2013

January 22, 2013 – Regular Deadline

The GI Film Festival aims to preserve the stories of American GIs, promote the work of active duty military and military veteran filmmakers, and honor struggles for freedom around the globe.

Last year, the Pentagon Channel began broadcasting a weekly television series showcasing GIFF films. This series, which will continue in 2013, was delivered to 30 million homes nationwide as well as all military bases worldwide, providing GIFF filmmakers with extraordinary exposure to the audiences they are most eager to celebrate and explore. All films submitted to GIFF, whether official selections of the festival or not, are considered for this weekly series.

The 7th Annual GI Film Festival (GIFF), is honoring the successes and sacrifices of the American GI through the power of big-picture storytelling. Unfolding during Armed Forces Appreciation Month and against the majestic backdrop of America’s capital city, GIFF brings Hollywood and the United States military together for a festival that’s uniquely dedicated to celebrating the too-often unsung stories of heroism at home and abroad. Films submitted to GIFF must portray at least one real or fictitious military-oriented character in a respectful manner. The festival also welcomes submissions from filmmakers who have served in the US military, even if their respective projects do not address military topics or personnel.

Films selected to participate will be exhibited before diverse audiences that include active duty military, veterans, military families, military enthusiasts, top military brass, members of Congress, and powerful industry players who are specifically scouting military-themed films. Participating filmmakers are offered free access to Hollywood and Capitol Hill parties, guided tours of the Pentagon, and visits to local military hospitals, as well as access to GIFF’s unique “Filmmaker Boot Camp,” designed to equip cineastes with the practical tools needed to guide their projects into the industry marketplace.

GIFF proudly presents awards in five competitive categories, including Best Student Film, Best Narrative Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Feature, and Best Documentary Short. In 2013, the director of the festival’s Best Narrative Feature Award-winning film will receive an “Associate Producer” role on the upcoming military-themed feature film Homecoming, produced by American Way productions.

The GI Film Festival is a recipient of the American Legion National Commander’s Public Relations Award, which has previously been bestowed on media luminaries including Tom Brokaw, Tim Russert, Lou Dobbs, and Jack Valenti. The festival also received the 2012 Carlton Sherwood Media Award from the National Blind Veterans Foundation and the 2007 George Washington Valley Forge Honor Medal from the Freedom Foundation.

Widely respected by many of the brightest stars of the US military and Hollywood, GIFF is an extraordinary platform on which to share powerful stories with exceptional audiences. For the chance to share your love of country and film with like-minded artists and appreciative festivalgoers, submit your film to the GI Film Festival today!


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