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Established in 2015, the GI Film Festival San Diego is a multi-day showcase of films for, by, and about military and veteran experiences. Films featured in the festival reveal the struggles, triumphs, and experiences of service members and veterans. The festival also provides veterans and service members with an opportunity to further their creative skills.

Documentaries, shorts, narratives, and feature-length films are presented. The festival includes the Local Film Showcase, which features San Diego’s filmmakers, events, people, or places. Post-screening discussions with filmmakers, actors and documentary subjects are also part of the festival.

This event takes place annually in May and is open to veterans, service members, military families, and civilians.  All are welcome to catch a film, be inspired, and build community.

The festival is organized by KPBS in partnership with the Film Consortium San Diego.

The GI Film Festival San Diego is a proud member of the San Diego Veterans Coalition and the San Diego Military Family Collaborative.


About Film Consortium San Diego

The Film Consortium San Diego 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 organizes the San Diego Film Awards, San Diego Film Week, and various other screening and networking events.

About KPBS

KPBS serves San Diego and Imperial counties with trusted news and programs that tell the stories of our time. KPBS delivers this content to more than one million audience members weekly via multiple outlets, including television, radio, and digital media. As a public service of San Diego State University, education is a core value – from our children’s programming to our local news coverage. KPBS provide stories that make us think, help us dream, and keep us connected. For more information, visit


Filmmakers, film lovers, and passionate supporters can connect with GIFFSD all year.

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C/O GI Film Festival San Diego
5200 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182