Your guide to the 2017 GI Film Festival

This year's GI Film Festival will screen more than 50 films in four days, host celebrity guests and lawmakers, and offer events new to the festival, now in its 11th incarnation.

There's even a first-ever GIFF variety show, dubbed " Cinematic Salute to the Troops," which will feature music, screenings, comedy, a ticket giveaway to a blockbuster Hollywood premiere, and special guests.

It's enough to overwhelm even the most passionate military movie fan. So we've broken the entire festival down below, including links to trailers of films featured at the screenings. Want tickets or passes to any of the events? Head  here. And if you know the movie that you want to see, skip  Moviefone and head  here for a screening-by-screening breakdown.

Congressional reception, Rayburn Office Building (6-10 p.m.; invitation/select pass-holders only).

Navy Memorial Theater screenings: "Operation Route 66" (noon); "The 2 Sides Project" (2:30 p.m.).

Canadian Embassy Theater screenings

: Warriors Around the World (four short films, plus a special screening of the season premiere of AMC's " Turn: Washington's Spies"; 6 p.m., reception follows).

Pitchfest: Twenty filmmakers will have two minutes apiece to make their case to industry professionals. (Navy Memorial Theater, 9:30 a.m.).

Navy Memorial Theater screenings: Veterans and the Arts (11 films, 12:30 p.m.), Triumph (two films, 2:50 p.m.), Healing Divisions (two films, 4:50 p.m.).

Warrior Appreciation Night: Invitation-only screening of "Wonder Woman," with reception (Navy Memorial Theater, 7:30 p.m.).


Navy Memorial Theater screenings:

Greatest Generation (four films, 10 a.m.), Women Warriors (four films, 12:30 p.m.), Returning Home (four films, 3 p.m.).

Cinematic Salute to the Troops: Three short films, celebrity guests Tom Berenger and Judd Nelson, giveaway for "Dunkirk" New York City premiere, music, comedy and more (The Howard Theatre, 6:30 p.m.).


Navy Memorial Theater screenings:

Defying the Odds (three films, 10 a.m.), Honor and Sacrifice (four films, 12:30 p.m.), Remembrance (four films, 5:30 p.m.).

Best of Fest: Awards show includes screenings of "The Rifleman's Violin" and "55 Days," as well as a preview of the upcoming PBS documentary series "The Vietnam War" by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (Navy Memorial Theater, 8 p.m.).

The Rifleman's Violin Trailer

“The Rifleman’s Violin” is a 12-minute documentary that revisits an extraordinary intersection of history and music that took place in July 1945 as Harry Truman, Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin prepared to negotiate the post-WWII fate of the world.

55 Days Trailer

55 Days is a documentary film about the lasting effects of war. Set in present day Arizona where Sharri Regalado, 27, and her six-year-old daughter, Jaimie, live. The film is an inward emotional journey through the past 6 years of Sharri’s memories during which her husband, Jose, a Sargent in the U.S. Army was deployed to Iraq, their daughter was born, and only months later, Jose was killed.
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