Selected by Movie Insider as America’s “most original film festival,” the GI Joe Stop Motion Film Festival was created in 2005 by Gio Toninelo to celebrate the dying art form of stop-motion, while paying tribute to America's favorite movable fighting man, the GI JOE Action Figure (or Action Man in UK). The Film Festival hosts screenings, competitions and workshops to showcase the best work within the genre. GI JOE FEST kicks off in Denver before traveling to cities around the world.


The GI JOE STOP MOTION FILM FESTIVAL is the world's first festival dedicated to screening works by stop-motion artists who use GI Joe action figures (12 inch 3 ¾ inch sizes) as main characters or actors.

The GI JOE Stop-Motion Film Festival combines the excitement of world premiere short-films and fan tributes with the allure of Denver's nightlife. The Festival highlights up and coming filmmakers, as well as masters of the craft and has already attracted award winning films in the past years. Independent in every sense, these films share the same willingness to challenge the conventions set for stop-motion. The GI JOE FEST is a distribution vehicle for truly indie animators that distrust the commercial film festival circuit. We are a celebration of what is possible in independent stop-motion animated films.

We have completed several national tours at 6 major US cities and even traveled abroad to places like Singapore, Slovakia and Canada. We have also screened the works of filmmakers from all over the Globe.


Bug Theatre
Cotswold Collectibles

29th of March - La Luz de Jesus Gallery
Los Angeles, CA

TBA - Bug Theatre - Denver, CO

If your film or video organization wishes to host/screen the GI JOE FEST, please contact us at: gijoefest@gmail.com