“She Wore Silver Wings” won the Audience Choice award at last year’s GI Film festival. Photo Credit: Film Consortium San Diego.

The 2016 GI Film Festival is asking local San Diegans to quickly submit their original films by the final deadline on June 30.

It’s the second year that the festival has been held in various places throughout San Diego, on Sept. 14 through Sept. 18. A media report said the festival is military themed and will feature films for, about and by service members.

Each film will be reviewed by an advisory committee of San Diego’s active service members, veterans and members of local organizations that serve the military. According to the festival organizers, this committee will choose the films to be shown in the Local Film Showcase. Each selected film will be honored by the program and its closing celebration.

The festival organizers say the Local Film Showcase strives to share the voices of military service members and their stories with the community through film.

The online submission is available through this form on the Film Consortium website for San Diego.

Here are the submission requirements for a film to qualify:

  • The film must have been completed and released after January 1, 2011.
  • Filmmakers who are active service members or veterans can submit a film of any genre.
  • It’s preferred that at least 60 percent of the cast, crew and locations is sourced from San Diego County or Imperial County.

This is one of the only film festivals in the nation that exclusively focuses on military service members, according to the festival organizers.

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