GI Film Festival Returns for 2nd Year

The festival features films for, about and by service men and women

The GI film festival will return to San Diego for the second year from September 14 to 18.

In partnership with KPBS and the Film Consortium of San Diego the festival will feature films for, about and by service men and women.

“We are excited to bring the GI Film Festival to San Diego for a second year,” said KPBS General Manager Tom Karlo. “Last year’s festival proved without a doubt that compelling, authentic, and insightful content for and about our local military was important. KPBS looks forward to showcasing more amazing films and giving the audience an even deeper appreciation for our service members and the sacrifices they make.”

Dramas, documentaries, shorts and narratives will be included as well as the local film showcase, which features stories about the local military experience.

Local films can be made by people currently serving, veterans or if more than half the crew, cast or locations are from San Diego or Imperial County. The film must have been completed after January 1, 2011.

Filmmakers need to fill out the online submission form. The early bird deadline is June 1 and the final deadline is June 20.

"With such a large population of both active and former military in San Diego, I'm excited to start tapping into all the diverse military stories that we have here,” said Jodi Cilley, founder and president of the Film Consortium San Diego. “We look forward to seeing what already exists for military themed films produced in San Diego as well as help inspire and mobilize filmmakers to start telling these rich stories."

The 2015 festival included a family movie night aboard the USS Midway, panel discussions, and the local film showcase awards ceremony.

Many of the events will be open to the public with special discounted opportunities for active duty personnel and veterans. Additional information is available on the festival’s website.

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