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GI Film Festival San Diego Announces Award Nominations for 2018 Competition

San Diego CA— With less than two weeks until opening night, organizers of the fourth annual GI Film Festival San Diego (Sept. 25-30, 2018) announce the titles nominated for this year’s awards program. In addition to local films and filmmakers receiving honors, festival organizers will recognize national and international films and filmmakers, as GI Film Festival San Diego is the home base for the national GI Film Festival in 2018. Each film was selected through a competitive screening process and were eligible for an award nomination.

The films are presented in various film blocks during the six-day military film festival. Full film descriptions, schedule and ticket information are below. The public can visit www.GIFilmFestivalSD.org to learn more, view trailers, and purchase All Access Passes and screening tickets.

Category winners will be announced at the GI Film Festival San Diego’s Awards Celebration on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego at Hazard Center. Some nominated films qualify for both national and local awards, as content features San Diego events, people, places, and filmmakers.

The following titles have received nominations for National Award recognition in the following categories:

  • Best Film Made By or Starring Veterans or Military: Best film of any length or style (documentary or narrative) that features current military and/or veterans in key roles (Producer, Director, Writer, Lead Actor/Actress)
  • Let It Go
  • Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
  • The Dark Resurgence

The following titles are nominees in the Local Film Showcase for GI Film Festival San Diego 2018. These nominees are all connected to San Diego in some way, such as the filmmaker’s place of residence/production office, film subject, shooting/editing, historic event, or other meaningful tie in. Areas of residence or neighborhood where film was created are included if filmmakers provided this information by Sept. 4, 2018:

  • Best Film Made by or Starring Veterans or Military: Best film of any length or style (documentary or narrative) that features current military and/or veterans in key roles (Producer, Director, Writer, Lead Actor/Actress)
  • Let It Go” (Carmel Valley)
  • Satellite Drop” (Ocean Beach)
  • Thud Pilots” (Rancho Bernardo)

 

About GI Film Festival San Diego

Established in 2015, the GI Film Festival San Diego aims to reveal the struggles, triumphs, and experiences of service members and veterans through compelling and authentic storytelling. Documentaries, shorts, narratives, and family-friendly films are presented, highlighting stories of heroism, resilience, and honor. The festival also includes the Local Film Showcase, which features San Diego’s filmmakers, events, people, or places. Panel discussions with filmmakers, actors, and documentary subjects are also part of GIFFSD. The festival also includes a family movie night, bringing military-connected and civilian families together for an evening of movie magic and community spirit.

The festival is organized by KPBS in partnership with the GI Film Group and Film Consortium San Diego. Official sponsors of the 2018 GI Film Festival San Diego include: Kaminskiy Design & Remodeling, The Super Dentists, TriWest Healthcare Alliance, BAE Systems, Lewis University, National City Mile of Cars, the San Diego Opera, Altus Schools, Bob Baker Subaru, and Miramar National Cemetery. Additional support is provided by Scatena Daniels Communications. The GI Film Festival San Diego is a proud member of the San Diego Veterans Coalition.

Event Calendar Information

  • GI Film Festival San Diego 2018
  • Tuesday, Sept. 25 through Sunday, Sept. 30
  • Screening times vary.
  • Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park (for Sept. 25-28)
  • UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center (for Sept. 29-30)
  • All Access Passes and tickets available on GIFilmFestivalSD.org.