GenreBlast Film Festival Wants Your Craziest Films

The festival accepts films through June 10th for its September event.

GenreBlast is a film festival that has been making a name for itself quickly as a favorite among filmmakers that favor horror, grindhouse, crime, exploitation, sci-fi, and the fantastic. Its organizers aim high — not only do they have the will, but they have the ambition to put on a quality event. Case in point — the festival has found a new home for its second year, moving into the Winchester, VA Alamo Drafthouse.

The first year was such a success that the organizers decided to step it way up — this year, attendees can expect panels, networking opportunities, special guests, hotel discounts for badge holders, and of course, the requisite parties. There are awards for features, shorts, Virginia and Tennessee films, and feature and short scripts. Festival Director Nathan Ludwig also tells me that the Les Femmes De Genre Award — a trophy given to an outstanding woman in genre filmmaking — “is sick.” Ludwig is especially interested in genre works that highlight diversity.

If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you’ve attended Fantastic Fest or have been to one of the other theaters in the Alama Drafthouse chain. And if you’re a genre filmmaker, playing in one of these sacred spaces is probably high up on your list. Check out the official press release below, and submit today.

The Alamo Drafthouse Winchester today announces it will host the second annual GenreBlast Film Festival, highlighting independent genre films, during the weekend of September 8-10, 2017. Dozens of films will be shown from filmmakers hailing from all around the world.

GenreBlast is an upstart film festival in its second year that celebrates the finest in true genre cinema and highlights features films, shorts, music videos, and screenplays in the categories of horror, action/adventure, sci-fi, fantasy, martial arts, exploitation, grindhouse, international, experimental, and more.

Chad Farmer, GenreBlast programmer, says, “The response from attending filmmakers and moviegoers for our first year was so overwhelming, we felt like we had to up our game considerably.” He continues, “This year we're adding special guest judges and hosts as well as discussion panels on screenwriting, indie filmmaking and women in genre filmmaking. All of that in addition to lots of networking opportunities and plenty of parties.”

“We are honored to be bringing this great festival to our area” noted Alamo Drafthouse Winchester's creative director Andy Gyurisin. He adds, “Prepare your eyes for some awesome genre action.”

The official call for entries for filmmakers and screenwriters is now underway and projects can be submitted exclusively to our page on FilmFreeway. Tickets will go on sale as the festival draws nearer. Film lovers from all over are encouraged to attend. The owners of the Alamo Drafthouse Winchester also own the adjacent hotel and will be providing discounts to festival badge holders.

On the weekend of August 19-21, 2016, GenreBlast began as a film festival at the historic State Theatre in downtown Culpeper, VA. Over 3 full days of programming, 19 feature films and over 80 short films from the U.S, Canada, the U.K., Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Australia, Finland, Ireland, Hungary, and Israel played to a crowd of enthusiastic filmmakers, movie lovers and locals. A fiercely competitive screenwriting competition was also held and will continue in GenreBlast's second year.

Features from the inaugural fest included Amber Celletti and Nathan Blanchard's “The Village of Middlevale,” Jonathan Straiton's “Night of Something Strange,” Jessica Cameron's “Mania,” Todd Nunes' “All Through the House,” Andrew Martin's “Capsule,” Best Feature Film Award winner “Savageland” and Audience Award winner, James Bickert's “Frankenstein Created Bikers”. For all films that played at the first GenreBlast, you can visit the festival's official website here as well as their very active Facebook page here for news and updates.

“We're all about being eclectic and inclusive and our tastes show that.” Festival programmer Charles Hill remarks. “It's not just enough for us to have a nice little film festival. We also want to be a yearly destination for the film industry in our own weird, idiosyncratic way. I think a lot of people are going to really love what we have in store for our second time around.”