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Film Submissions Open
For GIFF XII 2018


The single most profound experience of my entire career! – Michelle Monaghan

The coolest film festival in the world. – Jeffrey Ross

It’s a smash baby! – Faizon Love

The go-to place for military movies. – Gary Sinise

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

GI Film Festival Congressional Reception

Community Support for America’s Veterans

Featuring Keynote Speaker Actor Gary Sinise

Invite Only!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Wendell Pierce

Press Event

Bridging the Military-Civilian Divide through Film and Television

9:30 – 11:00 am

Featuring Keynote Speaker

Wendell Pierce
Star of the new Amazon Jack Ryan series

Located at
The National Press Club

Approved press will be notified

Going To War | Michael Epstein, Twin Cities PBS

Film Showcase

Going To War
Advance Documentary Film Screening

3:00 – 5:30 pm

Featuring Q&A with

Sebastian Junger
Author, journalist and filmmaker

Located at
United States Navy Memorial

Going To War | Michael Epstein, Twin Cities PBS

Going To War

Michael Epstein | Producers, Going To WarProduced by:
Michael Epstein (LennoNYC; The Battle Over Citizen Kane) and Twin Cities PBS in association with Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions.

Michael Epstein | IMDb

GOING TO WAR explores the paradox of war: a painful and horrific experience that also brings exhilaration, purpose, connection — and even love.

The film features two acclaimed storytellers of war—journalist and author Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm and director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Restrepo; and Vietnam War veteran Karl Marlantes, author of the best-selling Vietnam combat novel Matterhorn and What It Is Like to Go to War.


More about this film:

PBS | Going To War

First come/first serve

Military Movie Night & Reception

Military Movie Night & Reception


7:00 – 11:00 pm

Located at
United States Navy Memorial

Solo | A star Wars Story
Solo | Star Wars Story

Ron Howard, DirectorDirected by: Ron Howard
Writers:  Jonathan Kasdan, Lawrence Kardan, George Lucas (based on characters created by)
Staring:  Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke

Ron Howard | IMDb

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.


More about this film:

Official Star Wars Website

Active duty military priority, first come/first serve

Announcement re: GIFF 2018 Film Competition

On May 23-24, 2018 the GI Film Festival will host its 12th annual DC event (GIFF – The Next Generation) to announce plans for national expansion as the festival enters its second decade.

Owing to the thematic focus of the DC event, and for 2018 only, the GI Film Festival film competition will be held during GIFF’s San Diego event presented by KPBS to take place in San Diego September 25-30 (locations TBA).

GI Film Festival DC will feature select GIFF 2018 film submissions in addition to receptions and press events. However, the majority of the 2018 films and the “Best of Fest” awards will take place in San Diego.

Film submissions are now open via Withoutabox.com. Those wishing to have their films considered for screening in DC, please submit asap. The submission deadlines for the film competition in San Diego are as follows:

  • Early Deadline: February 15, 2018
  • Regular Deadline: April 15, 2018
  • Late Deadline: May 15, 2018
  • Withoutabox Extended Deadline: June 15, 2018

Film Selections

Operation Route 66

Embassy of Canada Theater

Ten Thousand Miles
Gary Sinise | Always Do A Little More

Special Events

Congressional Reception Honoring Military Veterans

(select passholders only)
Wednesday May 24th
Rayburn Office Building

GIFF launches its 11th annual festival event with a Congressional Reception on Capitol Hill, focusing attention on veteran health and transition.

Warriors Around The World

Thursday May 25, 2017
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Embassy of Canada Theater

GIFF partners with the Embassy of Canada to host a night of short film screenings from four countries: Canada, the U.S., Israel and the U.K.

Pitchfest 2017 | GI Film Festival

Friday May 26, 2017
9:30 am – Noon
U.S. Navy Memorial Theater

GIFF meets “Shark Tank” with its first-ever Pitchfest event. 20 Filmmakers are given 2 Minutes each to pitch their concept to industry pros.

Warriors Appreciation Night

(invitation only)
Friday May 26, 2017  7-9:00 pm
U.S. Navy Memorial Theater

GIFF salutes service members and their families in a night with a fun film and after-party.

Cinematic Salute To The Troops | Howard Theatre

Saturday May 27, 2017
6:30 – 9:00 pm
The Howard Theatre

GIFF presents an exciting 2 hour live variety show with film, music, comedy and special guest appearances.

Best of Fest Awards

Sunday May 28, 2017
8:00 – 9:00 pm
U.S. Navy Memorial Theater

GIFF closes GIFF XI with the eagerly anticipated “Best of Fest” awards show. Find out if your favorite film is a winner!


The GIFF XI Official Selection

  • FET: Female Engagement Team | By Heath Franklin
  • In The Wake of Heroes | By Austin Priester
  • My Fellow American | By Katherine Biskupic
  • Parallax | Phil Reissman
  • Reach For The Sky | By Eric W. Carlson
  • Responder | By Alan R. Baxter
  • Riggers | By Dane Pizzuti-Krogman
  • Sand Creek | By Marcy Kelly & Jane Paulson
  • The Blue Eye: Akrotiri | By Annie Spiczak
  • The Spirit of the Ace | By Step Rowe
  • You Gotta Dance | By Bryant Daluz

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Robert DuvallActor

“The GI Film Festival is a fantastic forum and…I salute everyone else who is a part of it.”

Glenn CloseActress

“The GI Film Festival is a rare opportunity to say thank you to our servicemen and women.”

Kelsey GrammerActor

“This is an amazing festival and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Gary SiniseActor

“It is a privilege and an honor to be a part of the GI Film Festival.”

Adam DriverActor

“The GI Film Festival is a smash baby.”

Faizon LoveActor

“The single most profound experience of my entire career.”

Michele MonaghamActress

“The GI Film Festival is awesome!”

Peter BergActor

“By far the coolest festival in the world.”

Jeffrey RossActor

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