San Diego G.I. Film Festival

Organizers said the winners were carefully selected from the festival’s five-day lineup of 26 films, with 10 films and two actors winning prizes.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA – This year’s organizers San Diego G.I. Film Festival announced the award-winning films, filmmakers and actors at the awards ceremony held Saturday, May 21 at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in Balboa Park.

Professional and student filmmakers won in 13 award categories at this year’s awards ceremony, which honored cinematic excellence produced by national and local filmmakers. Organizers said the winners were carefully selected from the festival’s five-day lineup of 26 films, with 10 films and two actors winning prizes.

“We were thrilled that this year’s event could be in person, together, to celebrate our filmmakers – there was definitely a strong sense of homecoming,” Tran said. “The GI Film Festival San Diego is a family of military service members, veterans, allies and filmmakers, and we look forward to seeing it grow for many years to come.”

All of the festival’s films, including this year’s winners, are available for video-on-demand rentals through Memorial Day on May 30. To access VOD rentals, go to GIFilmFestivalSD.org.

The GI Film Festival San Diego 2022 award winners are:

  • “The Veterans’ Journey Home: Over Black Mountain” – Directed by Frederick Marx
  • “American Hero” – Directed by Manny McCord

Best Local Narrative Short

  • “My Happy Place” – Directed by Devin Scott
  • “BRAKE” – Directed by Aja Weary and Amanda Richardson
  • Evan Hall, “Shell Shocked” – Directed by Paula Cajiao
  • Jomarla Melancon, “Blood and Glory” – Directed by Satinder Kaur

Best Story Directed by Military or Veterans

  • “TONIGHT” – Directed by Samuel Gonzalez Jr.

Best Story Featuring Military or Veterans

  • “Landing Home” – Directed by Douglas Taurel

Best Documentary Directed by Military or Veterans

  • “Walk with Frank”, Frank Romeo, Mayers Films

Best Documentary Feature

  • “Dear Gentlemen” – Directed by Mark Pedri
  • “We Die All Alone” – Directed by Jonathan Hammond

Founders’ Choice Award

  • “HERE. IS. BETTER.” – Directed by Jack Youngelson
  • Ryan Mayers and Matt Mayers, “Walk with Frank”

Organizers said the San Diego GI Film Festival will return in May 2023.

RELATED WATCH: GI Film Festival Continues Over Weekend at Museum of Photographic Arts (May 21, 2022)

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