What are the dates of the next festival?
May 22, 2017 to May 28, 2017
Where is the festival held?
Multiple locations throughout
the Washington, DC area.
What is the deadline?
Early deadline – October 15, 2016
Regular deadline – December 15, 2016
Late deadline – January 20, 2017
Extended deadline – February 10, 2017
NLT March 10th, 2017
How can I submit my film?
Where do I send my film?
Send your film to:
GI Film Festival
2776 S Arlington Mill Dr #810
Arlington VA 22206
How long is a short film?
Films under 60 minutes are
considered short films.
How long is a feature film?
Films 60 minutes and over are
considered feature films.
What are the categories of films accepted?
GIFF accepts films of all categories
including feature, documentary, short, and student.
How are the films selected for the festival?
Films submitted to the festival are reviewed by our selection team, which evaluates each film, looking for the best thematic and well produced films.
Is it a postmarked deadline
or received by deadline?
The submissions deadline is a postmarked by deadline.
Do you accept rough cuts/work-in-progress?
Yes, we will review and consider rough cuts and works-in-progress. Please note on the submission
what elements are still being worked on.
Should I send a press kit?
Please send an electronic press kit after your film
has been selected to screen at the festival.
Can I still submit if my film has
distribution or has aired on television?
Yes, however previously aired films are not eligible to win.
Can I submit more then one film?
Yes, but each film must have its own
submission form filled out and fee paid.
Do you accept multiple
submissions on one DVD?
Yes, see above.
Will my DVD be returned?
No. Submissions will not be returned.
Can I get confirmation that you
received my submission?
Yes, your status will be updated
What additional information do I need to provide for submission as a student/military filmmaker?
Please include a photocopy of the front of
your school ID or proof of military service.
If my film is not chosen, may I speak with a member of the selection team for notes or feedback?
Unfortunately, due to time constraints
and the large number of submissions,
we are unable to give individual feedback.
Should I call if I have a question?
Email is the best form of communication for timely responses.
I still have a question that isn’t covered here?
When will I find out if my film is accepted?
We notify filmmakers if they are accepted into the festival approximately one month prior to the festival.
What are the acceptable screening
formats for your festival?
For the submission process, we can screen DVD’s (Region 0 or 1), blu-ray, video files like .mov and .mpeg.
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