GIFF 2017: Our 11th Season!

5 Days – Wed. May 24 – Sun. May 28, 2017

 
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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

Film Selections

Operation Route 66

Canadian Embassy Theater

Ten Thousand Miles
Reunion
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
Canadian Embassy 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

Friday May 26, 2017
7:00 – 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

Saturday May 27, 2017
7:00 – 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!

Screenplays

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

The Latest
From the GIFF Blog

Thin Red Line | GIFF Blog Post 8/10/2016
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Top 5 Realistic Military Movies

Everyone knows that there is a bit of Hollywood inserted into most military movies. We've compiled a list of our top 5 favorite films that are as close to real as you can get without having to put on a flak jacket.
GIFF Intern - female west point sophomore | Photo is not cadet
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GI Film Fest Intern: Meet Steph

Want to know about an enthusiastic, relatable, and an ingenious member of the GI Film Festival internship team? Meet Stephanie (Steph) Riley, a rising sophomore at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Mary Pickford
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The Love Light

Part 2 of the 3 part series on women in war film. Filmed in 1921, The Love Light was ostensibly a vehicle for Mary Pickford to do what she did best – that is to say playing a sweet, beguiling heroine.

Helping GIFF
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Serving Our Veterans
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Sharing Their Stories

“A truly powerful event.”

Robert Duvall
Robert DuvallActor

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

Glenn Close
Glenn CloseActress

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

Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey GrammerActor

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

Gary Sinise
Gary SiniseActor

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

Adam Driver
Adam DriverActor

“The GI Film Festival is a smash baby.”

Faizon Love
Faizon LoveActor

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

Michele Monagham
Michele MonaghamActress

“The GI Film Festival is awesome!”

Peter Berg
Peter BergActor

“By far the coolest festival in the world.”

Jeffrey Ross
Jeffrey RossActor

Keep GIFF Going & Growing

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Volunteer

We are always looking for a few good volunteers. It’s a fun way to contribute something positive for our family of veterans. If you are age 18 or over and interested in volunteering we’d love to hear from you!