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
6:00 – 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

Invitation Only

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

Wonder Woman

(Special Screening, Film opens nationwide on June 2nd)

Wonder Woman

After 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

Date: Sat. May 27, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 pm
The Howard Theatre
Attire: Casual

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

Jamie KalerHosted by:

Navy Veteran, actor, comic & TV host
Jamie Kaler
(My Boys, Chelsea Lately, The Late Late Show and America Fact v. Fiction)

Ayla BrownFeaturing a musical performance by:

Ayla Brown
(Finalist/American Idol, Fox and Friends)

Tom BerengerAppearance by:

Emmy Award Winning Actor
Tom Berenger
(Platoon, Dogs of War, Sniper, and Major League)

Judd NelsonAppearance by:

Television and Film Star
Judd Nelson
(Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire, Suddenly Susan)

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 – 9:30 pm
U.S. Navy Memorial Theater