What are the dates of the next festival?
May 21-29, 2016
Where is the festival held?
Multiple locations throughout the Washington, DC area.
What is the deadline?
See the deadline link.
Filmmaker Notification: NLT April 10th, 2016
How can I submit my film?
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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.
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.
Can I get confirmation that you received my submission?
Yes, your status will be updated on www.withoutabox.com
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.
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