SAN DIEGO, CA – June 10, 2016 – The final deadline for submission of entries from student and professional filmmakers for the GI Film Festival San Diego’s Local Film Showcase is June 20, 2016. The festival, now in its second year, will take place at various locations throughout San Diego Sept. 14 through Sept. 18, 2016. The festival will feature films for, about, and by service men and women and will include the Local Film Showcase and awards ceremony. GI Film Festival San Diego is one of just a few military-themed film festivals produced in the United States.
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 must be about the Southern California military experience and be completed after January 1, 2011. Organizers are looking for films made by individuals who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. military or have more than half of the cast, crew, or locations sourced from San Diego or Imperial County. Filmmakers interested in participating in the festival’s Local Film Showcase can review requirements and categories via the online submission form.
Films submitted to the Local Film Showcase will be screened by an advisory committee comprised of members of San Diego’s military and veteran community or representatives of San Diego organizations that serve military members, families, and veterans. 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.
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.
“We are excited to bring the GI Film Festival to San Diego for a second year,” said KPBS General Manager Tom Karlo. “Last year’s festival proved without a doubt that compelling, authentic, and insightful content for and about our local military is important. KPBS looks forward to showcasing more amazing films and giving the audience an even deeper appreciation for our service members and the sacrifices they make.”
“With such a large population of both active and former military in San Diego, I’m excited to start tapping into all the diverse military stories that we have here,” said Jodi Cilley, founder and president of the Film Consortium San Diego. “We look forward to seeing what already exists for military-themed films produced in the region as well as help inspire and mobilize filmmakers to start telling these rich stories.”
Highlights from the 2015 festival included a family movie night aboard the USS Midway Museum, filmmaker talks, panel discussions and the awards ceremony for the Local Film Showcase. The 2015 winners were:
- 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”
This summer, festival organizers will announce the 2016 festival schedule, ticket prices and venues. 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 gifilmfestivalsd.org.
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.
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.