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GIFF Event Calendar
  • April 2016 - Fathom Events Present GI Film Festival (500 Theaters Nationwide)

  • May 21- 29 - GIFFx 2016

  • May 21, 2016 - Kickoff Concert with Gary Sinise and Lt. Dan Band

  • September 2016 - GI Film Festival San Diego

  • November 2016 - GI Film Festival Los Angeles

How GIFF Can Help Your Organization

Support the Troops and Reach the Military Market

The GI Film Festival is like no other military non-profit organization you have ever encountered. Not only does GIFF serve a critical charitable purpose – preserving the stories of veterans and helping veterans find success in entertainment – but through its weekly television series reaching every active duty GI around the globe, high-level military media partners and high-wattage celebrity and VIP-driven events, GIFF has an unparalleled reach into the military and military family communities.

GIFF can help you fulfill your charitable purpose in supporting the troops, blast your message to the military market – A $95 billion marketing opportunity – and enhance your bottom line! Contact us today to learn more about GIFF sponsorship.

GI Film Festival

Named “Sundance For the Troops”

The GI Film Festival (GIFF) is the nation’s preeminent military entertainment venue. Its mission is to preserve the stories of American GIs through film, television and gaming; to educate the public about veteran issues, such as post-traumatic stress and unemployment; and to prepare military veterans for success in the entertainment industry.

Owing to its success in support of American GIs, GIFF has earned numerous awards, including the American Legion’s prestigious National Commander’s PR award previously given to Jack Valenti, Tom Brokaw, Lou Dobbs and the late Tim Russert, to name just a few prior recipients.  GIFF also attracts the support of reputable companies such as American Airlines, USAA, The Military Channel, NBC Universal, and the MPAA, among many others.

GIFF films cover every branch of service, every American conflict and every film genre, while also serving as a critical public education tool by addressing a wide variety of veteran issues, including: veteran unemployment, veteran homelessness and post-traumatic stress.

GIFF’s films have earned distribution in theaters, television and cable broadcasts, on-line, in retail stores and on-demand.  Some have been nominated for Academy Awards.  GIFF also hosts the only independent weekly television series on The Pentagon Channel, which is broadcast to all military bases worldwide, inside the Pentagon, and to 30+ million homes via cable and satellite television, providing unprecedented access for its partners to military decision makers, active duty GIs, veterans and military families.

Consistent with its mission to help prepare military veterans for success in the entertainment industry, GIFF hosts a “Finance and Distribution Boot Camp” to train military filmmakers on the “business” side of the filmmaking business.  And in the effort to connect service-member to society, GIFF educates the public through high-impact panel discussions, media events and public awareness campaigns emphasizing themes of importance to GIFF’s entertainment industry partners and the American Armed Forces.

Aside from this charitable mission, GIFF is an official member of the Hollywood community’s “Got Your Six” military support campaign and has become a valued partner of the studio system, leveraging its network of military media and veteran service organization partners to help promote studio movies with a military presence.

In short, GIFF is a very unique organization. Not only does it serve a critical charitable purpose – preserving the stories of veterans and helping veterans find success in entertainment – but through its media sponsors and partners also has a tremendous reach into the military and military family communities.

Moreover, with high wattage festival events in Washington, DC, New York City and Hollywood, GIFF penetrates pop culture in a way that very few military support organizations can, educating the public about a wide range of veteran issues and connecting service-member to society. Contact us today to learn more about GIFF sponsorship.

The Military Market

Dependable and Strong

The U.S. military payroll exceeds $95 billion annually.  When you look at the 1.4 million people serving on active duty, you’re looking at today’s “Super Consumers.” They’re young and affluent, with an average annual compensation of more than $54,000 (vs. $33,700 for all U.S. adults). Nearly 55% are married and heads of household.

Unlike their civilian counterparts, they all have full-time jobs, 30 days’ annual paid vacation, with basics like rent and meals and health care already covered. Because most major shopping is done through the tax-free military exchange and commissary system, every dollar buys 30% more.

According to the Military Times, their subscriber has an average household income of more than $82,618 (27% higher than the average U.S. household income. Contact us today to learn more about GIFF sponsorship.

GIFF: High Wattage Exposure

Each year, GIFF grows in size and influence.  Press coverage for the most recent festival included:
Robert Duvall Speaking at the GI Film Festival
Robert Duvall Speaking at the GI Film Festival
“Trust me when I say, this is a truly powerful event. I participated in the festival a few years back and it was an unforgettable experience for me. As I said then, the GI Film Festival is critical because we must look up to our heroes. They are to be celebrated and lauded. And that is what this festival is all about.”
ACTOR ROBERT DUVALL

GIFF: High Wattage Exposure

Each year, GIFF grows in size and influence.  Press coverage for the most recent festival included:

GIFF Advertising Reach

7,896,314

The Pentagon Channel Weekly Series

30 million homes and all military bases

GIFF Seats Filled

8000+

GIFF Earned Media Exposure

10,000,000-plus!  Partial list of coverage:  The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Bloomberg News, ABC News, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, The Huffington Post, and Fox News.

GIFF Trailer Plays (Vimeo/Youtube)

70,000+ not including media partnerss

Giff Social Media

30,000 strong and growing (Facebook, Twitter, Subscribers)

Who’s Attended GIFF

Celebrity Sightings and More at GIFF

CELEBRITY PARTICIPANTS

Gary Sinise, Adam Driver, Michelle Monaghan, Jeremy Renner, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Kelsey  Grammer, Wynonna Judd, Joe Mantegna, Mark Valley, Lou Diamond Phillips, Ricky Schroder, Mykelti Williamson, Jeffrey Ross, Faizon Love, David James Elliott, Christy Carlson Romano and more!

MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

Senator John McCain, the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Former Sens. Christopher Dodd, Scott Brown and Fred Thompson, Reps. Loretta Sanchez, Jeff Miller, John Kline, Rosa DeLauro, Marcy Kaptur.

MILITARY BRASS

Chief of the National Guard Bureau Gen. Frank Grass Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Campbell, former Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey, Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff