GI Film Festival DC announces CALL FOR ENTRIES

The award-winning GI Film Festival, the nation’s only military-themed film festival, announced today’s its official “call for film entries” for its 7th Annual GI Film Festival to be held in Washington, D.C. in May 2013. The GI Film Festival is open to filmmakers of all levels of experience — from first-timers to veteran directors and producers. Each submission must include at least one major armed forces character (real or fictitious) who is portrayed in a respectful manner. Prizes are awarded to winners in each of the main categories which include feature and short narrative films, feature and short documentary films and student films.

“The GI Film Festival in Washington, D.C. has evolved into one of the most filmmaker friendly events in the industry,” said Brandon Millett, co-founder, GI Film Festival. “GI Film Festival filmmakers can connect with top industry professionals while also enjoying a week of unforgettable events in the nation’s capital, including our congressional reception, awards ceremonies, red carpet parties, celebrity meet-and-greets and our filmmaker boot camp.

The early film submission deadline for the 7th Annual GI Film Festival in Washington, D.C. is December 15, 2012 and costs $35 per submission. The regular deadline is January 22, 2013 and costs $40 per submission, extended deadline February 15, 2012 costs $45 per submission and the late deadline is March 1, 2012 and costs $60 per submission. There are also submission discounts available for students and military veterans. There is no charge for active duty military to submit a film. Details for submitting films can be found online by visiting www.gifilmfestival.com. All screened films will also be able to add the GI Film Festival honor to the film’s listing on the Internet Movie Database site (www.IMDB.com).

Highlights of the past 2012 GI Film Festival in Washington, D.C. included awards ceremonies honoring actors Joe Mantegna, Sally Pressman and Brian McNamara, a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War reception hosted by U.S. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and U.S. Congressmen Geoff Davis and Sam Johnson, a Wounded Warrior Appreciation Night featuring an advanced screening of the NBC Universal action feature film Battleship and international film screenings hosted by the Canadian Embassy and TV host Pat Sajak.

In 2012, the Pentagon Channel began broadcasting a weekly GI Film Festival television show to American service members around the world and to 30 million homes in the United States. All films submitted to the GI Film Festival are considered for this groundbreaking television series. Films screened by the GI Film Festival have been nominated for Academy Awards, earned distribution in theaters and retail stores, broadcast on cable networks and available via video-on-demand and the Web .

“I had a wonderful experience at the GI Film Festival. The festival organizers are deeply connected in the industry, drawing first-rate attention to the films that are selected to screen. By attending the festival, I was able to increase exposure for my film far beyond my expectations, and had the opportunity to introduce my work to major players in both the film and television industries,” said Josh Baxter, film director, “Injury Slight, Please Advise”.

The GI Film Festival is a 501 c (3) nonprofit educational organization and the only film festival in the nation to focus on preserving the stories of American veterans. The organization also holds a film festival during Veterans Day weekend each November in Hollywood, CA. For more details about submitting a film to the GI Film Festival and information about the upcoming Washington, D.C. event, visit www.gifilmfestival.com.

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