The award-winning GI Film Festival (GIFF), the nation's only military film festival, has announced the film lineup for its 2012 event, which will take place May 15-20 in Washington. Forty two movies, representing every branch of the military and spanning five wars, are scheduled to play this year. Over the course of six days, the festival will screen 23 narrative films and 19 documentaries, covering every genre conceivable – from action and adventure to drama and romance. With at least a dozen world-premiere screenings, GIFF offers plenty of opportunities to discover emerging directors, producers and actors. GIFF is proud to welcome many promising and established military veteran filmmakers.
"More than 200 films were submitted to GIFF this year. We were overwhelmed by the raw talent and emotion expressed in every film," said Brandon Millett, cofounder and president of GIFF. "Our mission is to educate the public about the successes and sacrifices of the American military, and there has never been a better festival lineup to more perfectly exemplify that mission."
In addition to offering the year's best independent films, GIFF is also pleased to announce that on May 17, the festival will provide an advanced screening of Universal Pictures' "Battleship," directed by Peter Berg. The screening will take place during Wounded Warrior Appreciation Night, where wounded warriors from the Washington metro area will serve as the festival's guests of honor.
"One of the best parts of the festival is every day is so different. Whether our guests are honoring the contributions of wounded warriors or walking the red carpet with famous actors, there's a unique experience every night," said Laura Law-Millett, cofounder and director of GIFF. Ticket prices range from $12 for a single film to $250 for a week-long VIP pass. The full program, including times and locations, is available on the festival's website .
The GI Film Festival is a 501c(3) nonprofit educational organization dedicated to sharing the military experience in and out of the arena of war. The American Legion supports the festival via resolution  and presented Millett and Law-Millett with the National Commander's Public Relations Award at the Washington Conference in 2010 .