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Frequently Asked Questions

General Festival FAQ

Q: What are the dates of your festival?
A: May 6-11, 2024

Q: Is the festival virtual this year?
A: The GI Film Festival San Diego is an in-person, shared experience.

Q: Where is the festival taking place?
A: All film screenings will take place at the Museum of Photographic Arts at the San Diego Museum of Art.  MOPA @ SDMA is located at 1649 El Pardo, San Diego. The Awards Celebration will take place at the KPBS Conrad Prebys Media Complex at Copley Center, located on the campus of San Diego State University.

Q: What are your COVD-19 policies for attending?
A: We are paying close attention to local and state public health orders and CDC recommendations.  We recognize that these recommendations change from time to time, based on local case positivity rates, hospitalization rates, and other factors.  In order to ensure the experience is safe for all, we are asking all filmmakers, attendees, volunteers, and staff to observe our COVID-19 policies and our community agreement.

Q: What measures are in place at the museum to ensure programs and spaces are accessible?
A: Service dogs are welcome inside the Museum of Photographic Arts and must be on a non-retractable leash, less than six feet in length. Accessible parking is available in the lots adjacent to the museum. The museum’s entrance contains an ADA compliant ramp and automatic entry doors. There is ADA seating in the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Theater. The entrance to the KPBS Conrad Prebys Media Complex at Copley Center contains an ADA compliant ramp and automatic entry doors.  Accessible parking is available in the adjacent parking structure.

Q: What other measures is the festival taking to ensure the content accessible?
A: Attendees who need additional accommodations other than those noted above may contact us here with the request.

Q: I’m coming from out of town.  Do you have hotel partnerships?
A:  We have partnerships with a few local hotels for preferred rates.  Please review the list of hotel partners for location, rates, and booking links.

Q: How much are tickets and do you offer any discounts?
A: Tickets for most screening engagements are $10 per person.  We do offer discounted rates of $8 per person for service members, veterans, students or KPBS members. Validation is NOT required when selecting the discounted ticket.  Tickets to industry panels are free and the festival’s no-host receptions/mixers are free.  Check the schedule and events page for all pricing options.

Q: Are the films available to watch outside of the festival?
A: Many of the selected films are screened at other festivals nationwide.  We encourage you to find the film(s) via your preferred web search engine.  Additionally, several films have been distributed on different networks and platforms, including public media.  Check out what’s currently available from the GI Film Festival San Diego on the PBS App.