After a two-years, the GI Film Festival San Diego is making its way back to the big screen. 

A multi-day military-themed event dedicated to presenting films and events for, by, and about military and veterans. It is scheduled for May 17-21, with all screenings happening in-person at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in Balboa Park.

Like many other in-person events, the GI Film Festival San Diego moved to an online format with a Virtual Showcase in October 2020 and the annual festival in May 2021. Panel discussions with filmmakers and film subjects globally were included in the online screenings. 

This year’s five-day in-person event will feature an array of films, including documentaries, narratives, feature-lengths, and shorts. Post-screening discussions will be available to the public. 

“Through the pandemic, the GI Film Festival San Diego continued to present films to not only keep our audience members entertained and engaged but also to stay connected during a time when we all felt a little isolated,” says Nancy Worlie, Interim General Manager, KPBS. “Although we were miles apart, the film festival offered a great sense of camaraderie and we were thankful for the opportunity to come together with new and longtime festival-goers, filmmakers, film subjects, and military supporters.”

All films shown at the in-person screenings will also be available as a video on demand rental (VOD), beginning the day after its festival debut through Memorial Day, May 30, 2022. This gives festival fans who are not able to attend the screenings in person, the flexibility to participate and enjoy the films whenever and wherever they choose within the rental window.

The online box office will open in early April and attendees will have the option to reserve film or film blocks for VOD or secure a ticket for the in-person screening.

Tickets for most in-person screenings start at $10 each or $8 for military, veterans, and KPBS members. VOD rentals will be $10 each. Guests attending in-person screenings will be asked to observe and follow COVID-19 policies.

The full film lineup, schedule, and COVID-19 policies will be announced in late March. For up-to-date information on this year’s film festival, how to attend, and ways to get involved, visit

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