Congressional Reception Honoring Military Veterans

(select passholders only)

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

Tom BerengerSpecial Guest: Actor Tom Berenger

Date: Wed. May 24
Time: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Rayburn Office Building
50 Independence Ave.
Attire:  Business

Warriors Around The World

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.

International Warrior Experience ReceptionReception to follow

Date: Thu. May 25, 2017
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Embassy of Canada
Attire: Day, Business Casual / Evening, Business

Featured Films

New for 2017
The GI Film Festival Presents


Pitch Industry Pros Your Best TV or Movie Idea!

GIFF meets “Shark Tank” with its first-ever Pitchfest event.

20 Filmmakers are given
2 Minutes each to pitch their film or television concept to GIFF’s panel of industry pros for
1 Prize Package!

GI Film Festival PitchfestCan they be sold?

Date: Fri. May 26, 2017
9:30 am – Noon

U.S. Navy Memorial Theater
Attire: Business Casual

Warriors Appreciation Night

GIFF packs the house with active duty military, Wounded Warriors, and their families for a night of fun, including a feature film.

Featured Entertainment:

  • To Be Announced
  • To Be Announced

Warriors Appreciation Night After-Party | GIFFAfter party to follow

Date: Fri May 26, 2017
7:30 – 10:00 pm
U.S. Navy Memorial Theater
Attire: Business Casual

Cinematic Salute to the Troops

GIFF celebrates our servicemen and women with a two-hour variety show, including short films, comedy, music, celebrity awards and more!

Cinematic Salute To The Troops | GI Film Festival

Live Performance

  • To Be Announced

Date: Sat. May 27, 2017
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
The Howard Theatre
Attire: Casual

Featured Films

Best of Fest Awards

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

GI Film Festival Award Winners 2016Award Categories:

  • Founder’s Choice Award
  • GI Choice Award
  • Military Filmmaker Award
  • Best Film w/ Strong Female Lead
  • Best Narrative Feature
  • Best Documentary Feature
  • Best Narrative Short
  • Best Documentary Short
  • Best International Film
  • Best Student Film
  • Short-Short Award
  • Best Screenplay

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