First Annual GI Film Festival Hollywood Starts This Friday, November 9, 2012 At The Los Angeles Film School In Hollywood, CA

Event Highlights Include Opening Reception With Actors Christy Carlson Romano & David James Elliott, Saturday Afternoon Movie Screenings & Evening Auction With Actor Dale Dye

(Los Angeles, CA) -- In honor of Veterans Day, The GI Film Festival invites military service personnel, veterans, their families, entertainment industry executives and the public to the First Annual GI Film Festival Hollywood starting this Friday, November 9th and continuing on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at the Los Angeles Film School, 6363 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA. The event will feature two industry award receptions, panel/Q&A discussions, several film premiers and industry networking opportunities with celebrities and industry executives. Proceeds from the Saturday night auction will benefit the GI Film Festival, which preserves the stories of American veterans, and the Semper Fi Fund, which provides financial support to wounded Marines and their families.

"All films premiering during our event highlight the successes and sacrifices of American military service personnel and the worldwide struggle for liberty and democracy. Each film submissions has at least one main real or fictitious character serving or have served in the U.S. military who is depicted with respect," said Brandon Millett, co-founder, GI Film Festival. "As a leading member of the Ambassadors of Hollywood Support Tour, actress Christy Carlson Romano will be honored during our kick-off reception this Friday. Christy has traveled across the world showing her support for our U.S. Armed Forces". (Previous award recipients include actors Gary Sinise, Jon Voight, Joe Mantegna and Lou Diamond Phillips).

Highlights of the weekend event includes:

Friday, November 9th
7 - 8 P.M. - Event Kick-off Dinner With Actor David James Elliott & Awards Presentation Honoring Actress Christy Carlson Romano.
8:30 - 10:30 P.M. - Hollywood film premier of "The Red Machine", a spy thriller set in pre-war Washington, D.C.

Saturday, November 10th

12:30 - 8 P.M. - Panel discussions & film screenings.
The line-up of films includes: Wounded Warriors; The Long Journey Home; Hanging by a Thread; Home from War; Guilt of War; Tale of Two Soldiers; 8:46; From Philadelphia to Fallujah: One event. One game. One decade; Bridges; Survive. Recover. Live; The Jockstrap Raiders; Memorial Day; and Lost Airmen of Buchenwald.
8:30 - 11 P.M. - Third Annual Salute Honoring & Employing Veterans In Entertainment, dinner reception & auction. Keynote speakers are: actor Dale Dye; Steven Dunning, Got Your 6 Campaign; & Michele S. Jones, U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Film festival admission prices start at $12 per person. Military service members and veterans receive a 50% discount. Visit the GI Film Festival Web site at www.gifilmfestival.com for all access and reception information and for ticket purchasing information. For additional event information, visit www.annualsalute.com.

The GI Film Festival is a 501 c (3) nonprofit educational organization and the only film festival in the nation to focus on preserving the stories of American veterans. The organization also holds a week-long festival during Armed Forces Appreciation Month each May in Washington, DC. Visit www.gifilmfestival.com for more information and a full schedule of events.

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For more information: Ron Dresner
ron@dennispr.com
860.523.7500
m 860.305.7728

GI Film Festival
Brandon Millett, co-Founder
Arlington, VA
www.gifilmfestival.com

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