GI Film Festival

x_gifilmfest2The GI Film Festival San Diego is back for its third consecutive year to bring the stories of America’s military to life through film. It is one of the few film festivals in the entire United States to exclusively feature stories for, by, and about military service members and veterans. The opening night screening and reception will take place in Balboa Park at the Museum of Photographic Arts on Oct. 18, and this year the festival expands to North County with screenings in Carlsbad on Oct.19. Additional festival highlights include the popular Family Movie Night on the USS Midway Museum on Oct. 20, as well as additional screenings, filmmaker appearances, panel discussions, and more on Oct. 21 and 22.

Films selected for this year’s GI Film Festival San Diego feature diverse stories with themes ranging from women in the military, resiliency and recovery, transitioning, and the LGBTQ+ community. Selections also highlight military experiences from within Hispanic, African American, and Asian cultures. Also returning this year is the popular Local Film Showcase, which highlights San Diego’s long and important military history. “It’s great to see more and more local filmmakers being featured in the festival,” said Jodi Cilley, founder of the Film Consortium San Diego and organizer of the Local Film Showcase. “I’m excited to feature their work and present some of San Diego’s most exceptional heroes on the big screen for a local audience.”

All festival events will be open to the public with special discounted opportunities for active duty personnel and veterans. For tickets, a list of film selections, and additional information visit