Thanks to all the filmmakers, heroes, sponsors, volunteers, attendees, and staff for supporting the 4th annual GI Film Festival San Diego! We’ll be back September 2019 for another run of films and events that bring the stories of America’s military to life. Stay connected for news, announcements, and details.
GI Film Festival San Diego 2018 Awards
Best Documentary Short
Director, Sareen Hairabedian and Producer, Jeffrey Wright (HBO’s “Westworld“) receive the award for Best Documentary Short for “We Are Not Done Yet.”
Best Film Made By or Starring Veterans or Military
Director, Mark A. Vizcarra accepts the award for Best Film Made By or Starring Veterans or Military for “Thud Pilots.” This documentary feature film tells the unknown story of the men who flew the F-105 THUD over the deadly skies of North Vietnam.
Local Film Showcase – Best Student Film
The Local Film Showcase – Best Student Film was awarded to Director, Aiden Keltner (left) and Film Subject and Veteran, Thomas Edward Johnson (right).
Best First Time Filmmaker
Director, Erin Palmquist and Film Subject, Ghazwan Alsharif on stage to receive the Best First Time Filmmaker for documentary feature, “From Baghdad to The Bay.”
And The Award Go To…
“Let It Go,” directed by Stephanie Heim, received three awards for Best Narrative Short, Local Film Showcase – Best Actress (Actress, Leaphy Khim), and Best Film Made By or Starring Veterans or Military.
Local Film Showcase – Best Actor
Actor, Adam Gilmore, holding the award for best actor in one of the local GI Film Festival San Diego films, “Hotflakes.”
Local Film Showcase – Local Choice Award
“Major Capers: The Legend of Team Broadminded” received the Local Film Showcase – Local Choice Award. Directed by Ashley Cusato, this documentary portrays the extraordinary life story of Major James Capers Jr., an American hero, who persevered through adversity and after 50 classified missions rose to become one of the most decorated Force Recon Marines in history.
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Feature went to Directors Jillian Moul & Matthew Moul for their documentary, “Surviving Home.” This intimate documentary follows four U.S. military veterans from different generations over an eight-year period as they rebuild their lives after war.
Actors John J Brooks (“Black Christmas”) and Randy Davison (“Forgotten Hero”)
Ryan Kelly with Jeannie Reynard of “Refuge”
Brittany Huckabee with Roberta Castaneda of “After Fire”
Our Partners and Sponsors
The festival is organized by KPBS in partnership with the GI Film Group and Film Consortium San Diego. Official sponsors of the 2018 GI Film Festival San Diego include: Kaminskiy Design & Remodeling, The Super Dentists, TriWest Healthcare Alliance, BAE Systems, Lewis University, National City Mile of Cars, the San Diego Opera, Altus Schools, Bob Baker Subaru, and Miramar National Cemetery. Additional support is provided by Scatena Daniels Communications. The GI Film Festival San Diego is a proud member of the San Diego Veterans Coalition.