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GI Film Festival San Diego 2018


 June 30 is final deadline to submit film entries for 2016 Local Film Showcase


SAN DIEGO, CA – June 18, 2016 – Film Consortium San Diego announces that June 30, 2016 is now the final day to submit entries from student and professional filmmakers for the annual GI Film Festival San Diego’s Local Film Showcase. The festival, now in its second year, will take place at various locations throughout San Diego Sept. 14 through Sept. 18, 2016 and will feature films for, about, and by service men and women.

The festival aims to reveal the struggles, triumphs, and experiences of the military through compelling and authentic storytelling. All major film genres will be featured including documentaries, shorts, and personal narratives. The Local Film Showcase demonstrates a commitment to San Diego’s local military community.

Productions selected as part of the Local Film Showcase require the following:

  • The film must have been completed and released after January 1, 2011.
  • Filmmakers who serve, or have served in the U.S. military, may submit a film of any genre, regardless of whether or not the film features servicemen and women.
  • At least 60% of the cast, crew and locations to be sourced from San Diego County or Imperial County is preferred.

Filmmakers interested in participating in the festival’s Local Film Showcase can review requirements and categories via the online submission form.

An advisory committee that is comprised of members of San Diego’s active duty and veteran communities or are local organizations that serve military members, families and veterans will screen film submissions. The committee will then recommend films to be shown in the Local Film Showcase and to be honored at the festival’s awards program and closing celebration.

In 2015, the following films were honored by the GI Film Festival San Diego:

  • Best Student Film — “Down But Not Out: The Story of Forrest Lang”
  • Best Documentary Short – “Aldo Giannini – Sergeant – USMC”
  • Best Short Fiction – “Universal Dead”
  • Best Documentary Feature – “Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor”
  • Audience Choice – “She Wore Silver Wings”

The GI Film Festival San Diego is presented by KPBS in collaboration with the GI Film Group and Film Consortium San Diego. The GI Film Festival, hosted annually in Washington D.C. and Virginia, returns to San Diego after a successful inaugural run in 2015. The festival is the first in the nation to exclusively celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the service member through the medium of film.

Festival passes and tickets will go on sale in early August 2016. Festival organizers will announce the 2016 schedule, ticket prices, and venues later this summer. Many of the events will be open to the public with special discounted opportunities for active duty personnel and veterans. Additional information is available at


About GI Film Group

The GI Film Group is a full service media company dedicated to preserving the stories of military veterans. GIFG is the production entity behind the award-winning GI Film Festival (GIFF), a 501c(3), also known as “Sundance for the Troops,” which is held each May in Washington, DC. The festival is the first in the nation to exclusively celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the service member through the medium of film. 

About Film Consortium San Diego

The Film Consortium San Diego LLC is a social venture that stimulates film and television production in the region and increases networking, employment, education, funding and distribution opportunities in film, television and new media. The Film Consortium holds the Fall Film Festival, San Diego Film Awards, Winter Film Showcase, Summer at the Drive-in and various other screening and networking events.

About KPBS

KPBS is a public service of San Diego State University, serving over one million audience members weekly across TV, radio (89.5 FM and 97.7 FM Calexico), and the web with content that is educational as well as entertaining—and free of commercial interruption.