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.