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GI Film Festival San Diego Announces Local Film Showcase Award Nominees

SAN DIEGO, CA – Aug. 24, 2016 – Organizers of the GI Film Festival San Diego, presented by Sullivan Solar Power, announce the nominations for top awards for this year’s Local Film Showcase. Categories include: Best Student Film, Best Documentary Short, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Feature, Local Choice Award, and Audience Choice Award.


These films, which feature San Diego area filmmakers, locations, and people, will be primarily shown on Sunday, Sept. 18 at the UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center. The winners will be announced later that evening at the GI Film Festival San Diego’s Closing Celebration and Awards Ceremony at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego Mission Valley at Hazard Center. Throughout the five-day festival, attendees will be able to vote for their favorite films to receive the “Audience Choice Award” which will also be announced that evening.


The following titles are nominated for Local Film Showcase awards at the 2016 GI Film Festival San Diego:


  • Best Student Film:
    • “Living History: Our Hometown Hero”
    • “Love is No News”
  • Best Documentary Short:
    • “American Umpire”
    • “Honor Flight: The Ride of a Lifetime”
    • “A Return to the End”
  • Best Narrative Short:
    • “The Light Once Captured”
    • “The Flying Greek”
  • Best Documentary Feature:
    • “USS Indianapolis: The Legacy”
  • Local Choice Award:
    • “American Umpire”
    • “USS Indianapolis: The Legacy”
    • “Love is No News”
    • “The Light Once Captured”
  • Audience Choice Award:
    • To be announced


More information on each of the nominees can be found in the full festival screening and events schedule below.



Sullivan Solar Power Presents the GI Film Festival San Diego Wednesday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016.  The festival features 28 films for, about, and by service men and women and brings the stories of America’s military to life through film. Film screenings and related events will be presented at various locations throughout San Diego County. The films come from around the United States as well as here in San Diego and range from feature length films to shorts, which gives the audience an opportunity to view a variety of stories in a short amount of time. They are presented within themed blocks so audience members can fully immerse themselves in the festival experience.


Out of the 28 films selected at GI Film Festival San Diego, 16 were presented at the GI Film Festival held in Washington DC in May 2016, including several “Best of Fest” winners. An animated short, “Tom’s War,” enjoys its world premiere at the festival, while another nine films will be presented on the West Coast for the very first time. Another nine films were selected for the Local Film Showcase. Featuring a variety of stories, these selections will be presented over the course of the festival with a majority of these local films shown on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center.


Many of the events will be open to the public with special discounted opportunities for active duty military personnel and veterans. All Access Passes for entry into all festival events and screenings are just $85 each and are available through the GI Film Festival San Diego website at General admission tickets for screenings and events are also on sale. Festival organizers are also working with partner organizations to provide complimentary tickets to local military and their families.


The GI Film Festival San Diego is presented by Sullivan Solar Power. Additional festival sponsors are National City Mile of Cars, One Reverse Mortgage, San Diego Opera, Scatena Daniels Communications and GEICO Military with support provided by a grant from The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation. The festival is organized by KPBS in partnership with the GI Film Group and the Film Consortium San Diego.


A complete screening and event schedule follows. Schedule is subject to change.


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.