10th Annual

GI Film Festival

May 21, 2016 to May 29, 2016

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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.
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.
Youth
The GI Film Festival has established a new "youth" award category for 2016.

Filmmakers under the age of 18 are encouraged to submit. Documentary and narrative form films are welcome.

The film run-time musts be 59 minutes or less and include at least one military character who is portrayed with respect.
Video Games
The GI Film Festival welcomes submissions for video game content.

The category will be judged according to the following criteria: authenticity, production value, story, and adherence to the festival's mission.
Female Director
In an effort to especially recognize the work of female directors, GIFF launched a special "Best of Fest" award category for a female director. The criteria for selection are equivalent for those in the other main film categories.

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.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Submit your film to the nation's only "Sundance for the Troops!"

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. Submissions are accepted from filmmakers from all backgrounds.

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.

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 Tenth 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 2016 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 to include a high-impact event on the West Coast, and a national cinematic showcase powered by Fathom Events, which will include GIFF promotions in 17,000 theaters nationwide and a special event in 400-600 theaters.

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 2015 event:

Overall, the festival showcased 60+ Film Screenings spanning the Civil War era to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in various prestigious locations around the Washington, DC and northern Virginia areas.

A Monday night congressional reception and film screening hosted at the Capitol Visitor's Center in Washington, DC, featuring special guest actor Gary Sinise and Reps. Seth Moulton and Bill Johnson as well as two-dozen members of Congress among the 500+ attendees.

A Tuesday night International Warrior event hosted at the Canadian Embassy, featuring screenings from six different countries and special guest from area embassies.

A Wednesday night classic military screening event, featuring a screening of the film Casablanca followed by a casino after-party. Special guests included Law and Order star Linda Powell.

A Thursday night Wounded Warrior event featuring a special advanced screening of the narrative feature film SPY, starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham. Special guests included West Wing star Melissa Fitzgerald.

A Friday night red carpet "Salute to Hollywood Patriots" event featuring the North American premiere of the hard-hitting feature film Kilo Two Bravo with special guest Montel Williams.

A Saturday night red carpet "Awards Show" featuring "Best of Festival" awards presentations and live comedy hosted by comedian and television host Jamie Kaler ("America Fact vs. Fiction"). Special guests included actor and Marine R. Lee Ermey.

A Sunday night red carpet closing event featuring film screenings and a closing celebration.

The 2016 tenth annual festival (GIFF X) is scheduled to launch with a concert featuring Gary Sinise and his Lt. DanBand.

GI Film Festival 9 smashed previous records for media coverage, earning 150 million media/consumer impressions, including live national daily television coverage from "Fox and Friends, all major DC network affiliates and front page coverage from The Washington Post, among many other press hits.

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.

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 is military-themed or not.

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

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ORGANIZERS

Brandon Millett (President); Jacqy Law; 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 March 21, 2016. Please keep the festival notified of any address/phone changes. The festival reserves the right to pull any film from competition and screening for any reason whatsoever without incurring liability.

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.

The undersigned also understand The GI Film Festival reserves the right to remove any entry from consideration, programming, or online access for any reason at any time without recourse.