This weekend the DC area will play host to the 2016 GI Film Festival. If (by chance) the event is unfamiliar to you, its a festival which (as the name states) dedicates itself to sharing the military experience in and out the of the arena of war. Distinguished as the first in the nation to exclusively celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the service member through the medium of film, GIFF presents films from new and established international and domestic filmmakers that honor the heroic stories of the American Armed Forces and the worldwide struggle for freedom and liberty.
Open to filmmakers of every experience level, from first-timers to veteran directors and producers, prizes at the festival are awarded annually to winners in three main categories: feature, documentary, and film shorts. However, in addition to presenting film screenings, GIFF also presents panel discussions, educational forums and special events, including:
- Movie screenings by international and domestic filmmakers.
- Awards presentation featuring a special celebrity major motion picture screening.
- Kick-off cocktail party and red carpet events
- Special exhibitions
- Hollywood “meet and greets,” and more…
With that said, the co-founders, Brandon & Laura Millett, clearly are not resting on their laurels as this year’s festival promises an impressive variety of film selections and special guests. If you can’t make it to this year’s festival, be sure to stay tuned on Reel Film News as we bring some excited news & exclusives from the event!
The 2016 GI Film Festival will take place May 21-May 29. For more info on buying tickets, click here.
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