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GI Film Festival San Diego

About the Event

The GI Film Festival San Diego, the largest military film festival in the U.S., returns May 6-11, 2024 at the Museum of Photographic Arts at the San Diego Museum of Art (MOPA @ SDMA) in Balboa Park. The 21 films selected this year include traditional feature documentaries screening alongside animated films, comedic shorts, experimental 3-D fare and more.

Every film screening at the festival is either made for, by or about our servicemembers and veterans. The festival aims to shed light on often-overlooked aspects of the military experience, like transitioning back to civilian life, post-traumatic stress, military homelessness, resilience, and healing invisible wounds that occur after service. Whether through the medium of film, the post-screening panel discussions or in the social spaces between screenings, the GI Film Festival San Diego is a safe place for military personnel past and present to connect with other veterans, speak about their experiences, and recognize their fallen brothers and sisters.

Tickets for individual screenings go on sale March 1. Attendees can also purchase multi-ticket packs to see multiple films. Tickets for most screenings start at $10 each or $8 for military, veterans, and KPBS members. For a complete list of the selected films or to buy tickets, head to


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