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And action! It’s time to start planning your GIFF event!

The Geocaching International Film Festival (GIFF) is still three months away (November 2 – 6) but now is the perfect time to start planning your event. Don’t know where to start? Look here for help.

GIFF is your only chance to earn a souvenir by watching a whole series of unique and fun geocaching movies. For more inspiration, check out these amazing moments from GIFF 2016.

Questions you should think about while planning:

  • What equipment will you use to show the finalist films?
  • How many people will come and how many seats do you need?
  • Will your film night have a theme, snacks, or film judging?

How to host a GIFF Event:

  1. Read the tips for hosting an event.
  2. Submit your event listing on Geocaching.com at least two weeks prior to the date of your event and wait for it to be published by a Volunteer Reviewer.
  3. Once your event is published, fill out the GIFF Sign Up Form.
  4. Wait for your event to be approved via email by the GIFF team at HQ.

Approved events will be added to the GIFF 2017 bookmark list and will receive the GIFF film reel file prior to the event.

Are you looking for GIFF Geocoins or other merchandise items? Check out our Shop.

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6 Tips for Hosting a GIFF Weekend Event

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GIFF Weekend is on it’s way! From November 5-8, the reel of 16 finalist films from this year’s Geocaching International Film Festival will be played in living rooms, community halls, and even movie theaters around the world.

How to host your own GIFF Event

Find a GIFF Event near You

If your GIFF Weekend event has been published on Geocaching.com and you’ve submitted this form, it will be listed in this bookmark list if it’s been approved to receive the GIFF film reel. Once that’s done, check out these 6 tips on hosting a great GIFF movie night!

1. Test Your Equipment!
The Official 2015 GIFF Reel will become available on Monday, Nov. 2nd. If possible, test out the file on the equipment you will be using at your event. Nobody has fun at parties where there are technical difficulties.

2. Engage Your Attendees!
Geocachers go to events to meet other geocachers, share stories, and learn about the game. The GIFF films will certainly achieve these goals, but what is going to make your event special to those in attendance? Here are a few ideas:

  • Host a raffle with geocaching prizes
  • If a GIFF filmmaker is in attendance, invite them to do a Q&A after the screening about their creative process
  • Organize a vote and send the the winning filmmaker something special from your event
  • Wear a banana suit

3. To Announce (Or Not To Announce)?
“Welcome to this GIFF Weekend event! We’ve got 16 great films to watch today, but first, a joke: An ammo can, a bison tube, and a lock-n-lock walk into a bar…” Announcers or emcees can make or break an event. Know someone with the right voice, charisma, and quick-footed-thinking to pull it off? If so, send them a care package and a nicely-written note asking them to be a part of your event. If not, no worries. The GIFF reel includes slides with the title of each upcoming film, as well as a quick intro and outro animation.

4. Make Yourselves Comfortable
You could be hosting your GIFF Weekend event in the Colosseum (seriously, tell us if you are), but the guests who end up watching the show standing in the back for a whole hour aren’t going to care too much about the view. Make sure you provide adequate seating at your event or ask your guests to bring their own. Don’t be afraid to get creative. Bean bags, yoga mats, and mattresses are all good options. Large, fluffy, amiable dogs make for good backrests.

5. Let There Be Snacks
Research indicates that eating popcorn stimulates the part of the body that makes you want to eat more popcorn. As every completely objective third-party outsider would agree, popcorn is basically the best way a person can consume corn. It’s fairly healthy (sans globules of butter) and lends itself to being coated with herbs and spices. Want to make things interesting? Try sprinkling nutritional yeast on your popcorn for a cheesy yet surprisingly dairy-free flavor.

6. Know The Films
Here is the list of finalist films, geocacher names and countries they’re from, and order they screen in:

Saturday
HurricaneJuan
Florida, United States

Travel Bug Story
Chiliconsushi
Québec, Canada

GeocahINg Xisto
Natty_Zé
Aveiro, Portugal

THE BEST GEOCACHING FILM OF ALL TIME EVER!
CarboKnightLuke
Cornwall, United Kingdom

12 Tips on Geocaching
G.I.C.
Hanoi, Vietnam

Why We Geocache
Zaise
California, United States

Geocaching Infomercial
gasgoose
Wyoming, United States

GCTransAlps – Aint No Mountain High Enough
MudMen_GER
Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Geo-Caching Freak
Team Motherfarmer
British Columbia, Canada

Geocaching Adventure in Hakodate
moramora1
Osaka, Japan

The Future of Geocaching
Chrishutchy
Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom

Adventure
TheNinjaTJ
Northampton, United Kingdom

Signal
iepu09
Bucharest, Romania

Geoman
Lat&Long Junkie and PigWig2
Queensland, Australia

Geolove
Hoochie Coochie Man
Maltepe, Turkey

How to Geocache like a Ballerina
stingrayabbray
California, United States

What other tips do you have for GIFF Weekend event hosts? Share yours and we’ll add them to the list!

 

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GIFF Weekend 2015

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What is GIFF Weekend?
GIFF Weekend is your chance to watch the entire reel of the 16 finalist films from the 2015 Geocaching International Film Festival. On the weekend of November 5-8 only, geocachers will host geocaching events at which these films will be shown publicly for the first time. So pop your popcorn, get out your coziest blankets, and get ready—it’s a global geocaching movie night!

How can I host a GIFF Weekend event of my own?

  1. Make sure you have all the equipment necessary to screen the movies (TV and computer and/or projector, screen, etc.).
  2. Create an Event Cache that takes place on Geocaching.com for November 5, 6, 7, or 8 and wait for it to be published by a Geocaching Reviewer.
  3. Once the event is published, fill out this GIFF Weekend Sign Up form. If Geocaching HQ determines your event meets the requirements for GIFF Weekend, you will be provided with the file containing the GIFF 2015 film reel and your event will be added to HQ’s bookmark list of GIFF Weekend Events. If your event is not approved by Geocaching HQ, you will be notified. We recommend you then notify your guests that you will not be showing the GIFF 2015 films.

What are the requirements for hosting a GIFF Weekend event?

  1. The event must be already published on Geocaching.com
  2. The event must meet the guidelines for events, including being submitted for review two weeks prior to the event date
  3. The event must take place on November 5, 6, 7, or 8, 2015.
  4. The organizer of the event must have a way to show the GIFF film reel to the geocachers in attendance. Approved GIFF events will receive a link to download the file from (.mov or .mp4 format) containing the GIFF films. It is the responsibility of the event organizer to assemble the equipment needed to publicly show these films.

Where can I find a list of Event Caches that are screening the GIFF 2015 films?
Geocaching HQ has made available a bookmark list of approved GIFF Weekend Events. You can also find a GIFF event near you via this map of events.

A Reviewer has published my GIFF Weekend 2015. Does that mean I’m good to go?
Nope! You still need to fill out the GIFF Weekend Sign Up immediately after your event is published and make sure that your event meets all of Geocaching HQ’s requirements for GIFF Weekend events. If your event is approved by Geocaching HQ, it will be added to this bookmark list. You will be sent an e-mail containing a link to download the GIFF 2015 video reel prior to your event.

How long is the GIFF 2015 film reel?
The entire film reel is approximately one hour long.

What file formats will the films be in?
Three file formats will be provided to event hosts:

  • .mov – 41GBs
  • .mp4 – 24GBs
  • .mp4 – 4.4GBs (for DVD creation)

Are these films family-friendly?
Absolutely. Kids are welcome.

Will I earn a souvenir for attending a GIFF Weekend Event?
Yes! We announced on October 6th that a new souvenir will be released for GIFF Weekend. Attendees of registered GIFF Weekend Events will earn the souvenir. 

Send in your geocaching films!

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Get your cameras rolling! The last day to send in your film for the Geocaching International Film Festival (GIFF) is almost here. The deadline for all film submissions is July 1. Need inspiration? Watch this collection of clips from the films that have been submitted so far.

Before you send in your film, be sure to read all of the rules and guidelines. For tips on making a great film, check out this blog post. When you’re ready, send in your film here.

If your film is selected as a finalist, it will be screened at the GIFF Event (GC5K6WQ) on August 14, the day before Block Party, near Geocaching HQ in Seattle, WA. Speaking of Block Party—don’t forget to book your tickets and register for the last Block Party ever. Come visit Seattle and meet folks from Geocaching HQ as well as other geocachers from around the world. We’ll see you there!

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