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27-Feb-2015 8:52am PDT  

 

GI Film Festival

9 Annual May 18, 2015 to May 24, 2015

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative Feature
GIFF presents Narrative Feature films of all types and genres, including, but not limited to, comedies, dramas, action adventures, thrillers and family friendly films.

GIFF provides a significant amount of programming dedicated to the following criteria:

Films that preserve the stories of military veterans in the arena of war and back on the home-front.

Films that have at least one main character serving in the U.S. military who is depicted with respect.

For our international presentations, films that depict the lives of international military veterans and/or the general worldwide struggle for liberty and democracy.

Films of all types in which a military veteran played a key role in production are strongly encouraged to apply regardless of film genre.
Documentary Feature
GIFF presents Documentary Feature films of all types and genres.

GIFF provides a significant amount of programming dedicated to the following criteria:

Films that preserve the stories of military veterans in the arena of war and back on the home-front.

Films that have at least one main character serving in the U.S. military who is depicted with respect.

For our international presentations, films that depict the lives of international military veterans and/or the general worldwide struggle for liberty and democracy.

Films of all types in which a military veteran played a key role in production are strongly encouraged to apply regardless of film genre.
Narrative Short
GIFF presents Narrative Short films of all types and genres, including, but not limited to, comedies, dramas, action adventures, thrillers and family friendly films.

GIFF provides a significant amount of programming dedicated to the following criteria:

Films that preserve the stories of military veterans in the arena of war and back on the home-front.

Films that have at least one main character serving in the U.S. military who is depicted with respect.

For our international presentations, films that depict the lives of international military veterans and/or the general worldwide struggle for liberty and democracy.

Films of all types in which a military veteran played a key role in production are strongly encouraged to apply regardless of film genre.
Documentary Short
GIFF presents Documentary Feature films of all types and genres.

GIFF provides a significant amount of programming dedicated to the following criteria:

Films that preserve the stories of military veterans in the arena of war and back on the home-front.

Films that have at least one main character serving in the U.S. military who is depicted with respect.

For our international presentations, films that depict the lives of international military veterans and/or the general worldwide struggle for liberty and democracy.

Films of all types in which a military veteran played a key role in production are strongly encouraged to apply regardless of film genre.
Student Film
GIFF presents Student Films of all types and genres, including, but not limited to, comedies, dramas, action adventures, thrillers and family friendly films.

GIFF provides a significant amount of programming dedicated to the following criteria:

Films that preserve the stories of military veterans in the arena of war and back on the home-front.

Films that have at least one main character serving in the U.S. military who is depicted with respect.

For our international presentations, films that depict the lives of international military veterans and/or the general worldwide struggle for liberty and democracy.

Films of all types in which a military veteran played a key role in production are strongly encouraged to apply regardless of film genre.
International Film
GIFF presents Narrative Feature films of all types and genres, including, but not limited to, comedies, dramas, action adventures, thrillers and family friendly films.

GIFF provides a significant amount of programming dedicated to the following criteria:

Films that preserve the stories of military veterans in the arena of war and back on the home-front.

Films that have at least one main character serving in the U.S. military who is depicted with respect.

For our international military presentations, films that depict the lives of international military veterans and/or the general worldwide struggle for liberty and democracy.

Films of all types in which a military veteran played a key role in production are strongly encouraged to apply regardless of film genre.
Military Veteran Category
GIFF presents films of all types and genres, including, but not limited to, comedies, dramas, action adventures, thrillers and family friendly films. There need not be any military connection reflected in the film content. However, submissions for the Military Veteran Category must include an above the line credit granted to a current or former member of the United States Armed Forces.
Narrative Feature Screenplay
GIFF considers screenplays for Narrative Feature films of all types and genres, including, but not limited to, comedies, dramas, action adventures, thrillers and family friendly films.

GIFF provides a significant amount of programming dedicated to the following criteria:

Films that preserve the stories of military veterans in the arena of war and back on the home-front.

Films that have at least one main character serving in the U.S. military who is depicted with respect.

For our international presentations, films that depict the lives of international military veterans and/or the general worldwide struggle for liberty and democracy.

Films of all types in which a military veteran will receive a writing credit.
Narrative Short Screen Play
GIFF considers screenplays for Narrative Short films of all types and genres, including, but not limited to, comedies, dramas, action adventures, thrillers and family friendly films. Scripts must be 59 pages in length or shorter.

GIFF provides a significant amount of programming dedicated to the following criteria:

Films that preserve the stories of military veterans in the arena of war and back on the home-front.

Films that have at least one main character serving in the U.S. military who is depicted with respect.

For our international presentations, films that depict the lives of international military veterans and/or the general worldwide struggle for liberty and democracy.

Films of all types in which a military veteran will receive a writing credit.
Teleplay for TV
GIFF considers teleplays for all types of television programming, including, but not limited to, comedies, dramas, action adventures, thrillers and family friendly films.

GIFF provides special consideration to shows that are consistent with the following criteria:

Programs that preserve the stories of military veterans in the arena of war and back on the home-front.

Programs that have at least one main character serving in the U.S. military who is depicted with respect.

For our international presentations, programs that depict the lives of international military veterans and/or the general worldwide struggle for liberty and democracy.

Programs of all types in which a military veteran will receive an above the line production credit.
Music Video
GIFF presents music videos of all types and music styles.

GIFF provides a significant amount of programming dedicated to the following criteria:

Videos that preserve the stories of military veterans in the arena of war and back on the home-front.

Videos that have at least one main character serving in the U.S. military who is depicted with respect.

For our international presentations, videos that depict the lives of international military veterans and/or the general worldwide struggle for liberty and democracy.

Videos of all types in which a military veteran played a key role in production are strongly encouraged to apply regardless of film genre.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The mission of the GI Film Festival is to preserve the stories of military veterans and the worldwide struggle for freedom through film, television, gaming, special events and other media.

The GI Film Festival also helps military veterans to find success in the entertainment industry through distribution, relationship building and training programs.

And the festival also provides general entertainment for military servicemen and women and their families.

The GI Film Festival is a traveling festival hosting events in Washington, DC, on the West Coast and on military bases around the country.

In 2014, GIFF is also launching a new curated store-front for filmmakers powered by TUGG. This will enable filmmakers to generate revenue through theatrical and non-theatrical screenings.

The festival's partner company, The GI Film Group, offers sales, marketing and distribution services for films submitted to the GI Film Festival.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Award-Winning GI Film Festival Enters Ninth Season

GIFF Expands Entertainment Categories and Relationships with Television Networks, Hollywood Studios and other distribution Partners

The GI Film Festival -- which is dedicated to entertaining the troops and preserving their stories through film, television, gaming, and special events -- has developed several new exciting programs to benefit festival filmmakers in 2015 and beyond.

The core of the GI Film Festival's festival's line-up focuses on entertainment media that connect soldier to society by showing the life of military veterans in the arena of war and back on the home-front. GIFF has also always placed a special priority on films of all types in which members of the Armed Forces have played a key role on the production team.

Now, however, GIFF has expanded its repertoire of entertainment products to include a screenplays, music videos and videogames.

Moreover, the festival has also expanded its "road show" to include not only a high-impact event on the West Coast, but also promotional screenings on military bases around the country.

And, through its corporate partner, the GI Film Group (GIFG), films submitted to the festival can take advantage of a new curated storefront, powered by TUGG, that will help generate theatrical and non-theatrical screenings, as well as marketing, promotion and distribution services through the GIFG network.

With respect to festival events hosted around the world, the programs are truly first-rate, featuring classic and premier film screenings, musical performances, panel discussions, receptions.

Says filmmaker Gary Mortensen, Shepherds of Helmand:

"What you have done transcends the world of film festivals by creating a true community where passionate filmmakers, our veterans and those who support them can gather for a few magical days to educate, heal and preserve the legacies of our veterans. You have poured your hearts and souls into this event and it shows. Every city in America should experience what you have built."

The following are highlights from the Washington, DC 2013 event:

56 Film Screenings—56 films spanning the Civil War era to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were shown at various prestigious locations around the Washington, DC and northern Virginia areas.

A Monday night red carpet launch event featuring the World Premiere of the Civil War film Field of Lost Shoes starring David Arquette, Jason Isaacs and Lauren Holly. Special guest: David Arquette.

A Tuesday night congressional reception honoring military heroes, featuring Senator Joe Manchin, Rep. Chris Gibson, and Rep. Tammy Duckworth with special guest actors Melissa Fitzgerald and television host Jamie Kaler.

A Wednesday night international event hosted by the Canadian Embassy featuring screenings from six different countries and special guests from area embassies.

A Thursday night Wounded Warrior event featuring a special advanced screening of the narrative feature film When the Game Stands Tall, starring Jim Caviezel.

A Friday night red carpet "Salute to Hollywood Patriots" event featuring two World Premiere screenings, a special award to the late actor James Ganolfini and special guests actor Gary Sinise and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno.

A Saturday night red carpet "Awards Show" featuring "Best of Festival" awards presentations and special awards involving actor and Marine Adam Driver, director Peter Berg and real life "Lone Survivor" Market Luttrell.

A Sunday night red carpet closing event featuring the World Premiere screening of the narrative feature film Fort Bliss, starring Michele Monaghan and Ron Livingston. Special guest: Michele Monaghan.

The GI Film Festival has earned international press coverage from NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, FOX News, The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Variety, to name a few media outlets. The DOD News Network also covered the festival for the 2.6 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces around the world. Media partners have also included The History Channel, the Discovery Network, the Reels Channel and more.

In terms of distribution, GIFF films have been nominated for Academy Wards while earning distribution in theaters, on-demand, in retail stores and online.

All GIFF "official selections" without distribution are eligible for the American Heroes Channel Award, which may include broadcast on the Discovery American Heroes Channel. All film entries are also eligible for consideration in a number of "first look" arrangements the festival's partners have with major television networks, movie studio executives, theater chains, online portals and DVD distribution companies.

Moreover all films submitted to the festival, whether accepted or not, are eligible for broadcast on the GI Film Festival's weekly television series airing on on the DOD News Network, which airs on all military bases world-wide, inside the Pentagon and to 30 million homes via cable and satellite television.

The GI Film Festival is open to filmmakers of every experience level from first-timers to veteran directors and producers. Prizes will be awarded for winners in numerous categories, including Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Student Film and Best International Film. The GI Film Festival will also welcome short film submissions from any filmmaker who serves, or has served, in the U.S. Military regardless of whether or not the film submission involves the U.S. military.

For more information, please visit www.gifilmfestival.com.

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ORGANIZERS
Brandon Millett (President) ; Christina Zvir ; Laura Law (Director) ; Laura Law (Director) ; Laura Law (Director) ; Laura Law-Millett (Director)

GENERAL RULES
ACCEPTANCE PROCESS

Films

Film entries will be judged by a Selection Committee.

Prizes in each competition will be awarded by a jury of industry professionals. Films that are in distribution are eligible for screening, but are out of competition and ineligible to receive prizes.

AWARDS/PRIZES

To be determined. All film entries without distribution are eligible for the American Heroes Channel Award, which may include broadcast on the Discovery American Heroes Channel. All film entries without digital distribution are eligible for the GIFF digital distribution program through GIFF's digital distribution partner.

GENERAL RULES

Competition is open to U.S. and International entries. No repeat entries. Send entries in sturdy, reusable containers or bubble wrap envelopes. There is no limit to the number of films you can submit to the festival. Each film must be submitted with a separate entry.

FILM/VIDEO ENTRIES

Entries must be submitted on DVD for pre-screening (NTSC). Festival screening format will be provided at a later date.

LIABILITY

Although every possible care will be taken with tapes and films while in our possession, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Do not send original prints or tapes. Notification of acceptance into the festival will be made on or by April 10, 2015. Please keep the festival notified of any address/phone changes.

REPRODUCTION AGREEMENT

Submission of an entry gives the festival permission to have accepted work photographed, locally telecast, and reproduced, either in part or whole, for publicity purposes, unless otherwise requested in writing by the filmmaker.

To help the festival promote your film and drive attendance, please submit the following with your festival entry:

* Entry fee (credit card, or money order in U.S. funds made payable to the GI Film Festival).

* Digital still production photos/jpeg images of film for program guide. These are required upon acceptance.

* Digital format trailer for film for posting on official festival website. Requested, but not required.

* Digital photo of Filmmaker.

* Filmmaker bio.

* Any promotional materials available for your film, including, but not limited to, endorsement quotes/reviews, press clippings, etc.

* Self-addressed, stamped postcard for notification of receipt of entry.

* Copy of student ID (if applying as a student) or military ID (if applying as active duty military)

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

REPRODUCTION AGREEMENT Submission of an entry gives the festival permission to have accepted work and/or publicity materials including trailers photographed, and/or reproduced, either in part or whole, for non-commercial, publicity purposes ONLY, unless otherwise requested in writing by the filmmaker. RELEASE GI Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless GI Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.