Named one of MovieMaker Magazine's Top 50 Best Genre Film Fests In The World!

Consistently Ranked Top 100 Best Reviewed Film Fests on FilmFreeway!

"An extraordinarily well-curated program that delivered on all fronts, offering a diverse tapestry of unforgettable films that surprised and delighted at every turn. Next year’s GenreBlast can’t get here soon enough!"
- Stephanie Malone, Morbidly Beautiful

"...the genre film festival based out of Winchester, Virginia, is now in its sixth year and preparing to rock the local Alamo Drafthouse Cinema with a banger program."
- Screen Anarchy

"One of our top 3 film festivals. Great venue. We had a blast!"
- Joe Fittos, Indie Infestation

"We're huge fans of this spectacular film festival. A great time is always had by all."
- Doc Rotten, Gruesome Magazine

"Definitely the highlight of my year."
- Josh Burkey, Victims & Villains

"GenreBlast brought more than just horror and tears. The varied programming offered something for all (and often weird) tastes. I can't wait to go back next year!"
- PopHorror

"Honestly it's one of the better film festivals I've been to."
- Brad Gullickson, In The Mouth of Dorkness

"GenreBlast is the rare festival that brings filmmakers and fans from every corner of the indie world together, and they do it seamlessly. It's a unique experience that you won't find anywhere else."
- Chris Ethridge, HorrorPack

GenreBlast is an international independent genre film festival coming to you from the awesome Alamo Drafthouse Winchester in beautiful Winchester, VA!

GB6 will happen LABOR DAY WEEKEND - 9/1-9/4 2022 and will feature the best of truly independent films from around the world - specializing in action, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, martial arts, grindhouse, exploitation, Korean thrillers, Japanese gangster flicks, Chinese action movies, French horror, midnight movies, shoestring budget weird cinema, and everything under the sun! We really welcome all genres of interesting, original, exciting and daring moviemaking! All countries and walks of life are welcome here!

We also have a fantastic screenplay contest that is growing larger every year!

Our discussion panels at GenreBlast have been a big hit and we're bringing them back for GB6! Raw, uncensored real talk about indie filmmaking, gender bias, distribution, criticism, and much more will come your way from the mouths of some of the best indie talent out there!

After-parties, lively conversation, networking galore, TONS of movies, informative Q&A's and the chance to make new lifelong industry friends - all nestled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley hamlet of Winchester, VA! Your movie will be shown in front of a lively, enthusiastic crowd of cinephiles and industry peers that don't walk around with their heads up their asses 24/7! What a refreshing way to attend a film fest!

Come Labor Day Weekend, you'll wish you were at GenreBlast!

#alltheflavors

First prize in the top categories will receive a trophy, sponsor swag, possibly cash prizes and potentially more!

Runners up in each category will receive a certificate and possibly an assortment of cool sponsor prizes.

Attending filmmakers/screenwriters will receive a weekend pass to the festival along with exclusive filmmaker lanyards to identify you as a special snowflake as well as VIP loot bags and the royal treatment you so richly deserve that can be lacking in a lot of festivals. We will treat you right, baby!

There will be a combined awards ceremony for screenwriters and filmmakers on Sunday afternoon followed by an after party to remember - the GenreBlast Aftermath Party!

The weekend will also be filled with other parties and informative and entertaining panels and discussions. You'll be in genre movie heaven.

Some of the categories for awards include:

TROPHY AWARDS
GenreBlast Forever Award
Jury Award
Audience Choice Award
Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Director (Feature)
Best Director (Short)
Best Cinematographer (Feature)
Best Cinematographer (Short)
Best Score (Feature)
Best Score (Short)
Best Screenplay (Feature)
Best Screenplay (Short)
Best FX (Feature)
Best FX (Short)
Best Actress (Feature)
Best Actor (Feature)
Best Actress (Short)
Best Actor (Short)

Best Feature Script
Best Short Script
Best TV/Web Script

CERTIFICATE AWARDS
Best Local Film
Best Song
Best Trailer
Best Hero
Best Villain
Best On-Screen Duo
Best Ensemble
Best Poster (Feature)
Best Poster (Short)

Honorable Mention Feature Script
Runner-Up Feature Script
Honorable Mention Short Script
Runner-Up Shot Script
Honorable Mention TV/Web Script
Runner-Up TV/Web Script

CHAMPIONSHIP BELT AWARD
The Les Femmes Du Genre Award

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Email us if you have any questions about anything before you submit.

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No waiver requests please. We want to make it an even playing field for anyone who submits via FilmFreeway. We don't play favorites, we don't pander to anyone and we don't kiss up to the big festivals or follow trends. We program what we think will play well over the weekend. It's that simple.

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Feature films and scripts qualify as at least 60 mins/pgs and up. Short films and scripts qualify as 59 mins/pgs and under. Pretty simple.

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All screenplays submitted MUST be in standard screenplay format as a PDF from a program such as Celtx, Movie Magic, Final Draft, etc.. Word docs with improper formatting will be disqualified without a refund. Your cover page should just have the title of your script and nothing else.

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By submitting, you agree that you own all copyrights and intellectual properties to your work. Any violations of that agreement will result in immediate disqualification from the festival and a cheerfully vulgar rejection letter.

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GenreBlast reserves the right to use any part of your submission for promotional purposes regarding the festival itself. This includes Facebook, Twitter, local advertising, promo trailers and other related venues. Don't freak out, this stuff is pretty routine. We just might use a clip or still from your work to help promote the festival so we can sell tickets for people to see your awesome flick. That means we like you.

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Submitting to GenreBlast Film Festival does not guarantee selection. Neither does liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter. Cash bribes might work, but why risk it? We reserve the right to disqualify anyone based on violation of rules & regulations, objectionable content (although we can handle a lot) rude behavior via email or social media, poor sound and/or video quality (as in unwatchable) or due to a love of Kevin James films.

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International films not in English MUST be subtitled or dubbed in English. We Americans are stupid. We need subtitles because we're too lazy and arrogant to learn a second language. Do us a favor and make sure your awesome foreign film has those lovely ENGLISH subtitles. Thanks! Seriously though, dubbing blows. Don't do it.

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Pretty much anything is fair game as far as content is concerned. We love violence, raunch, gore and outrageous situations, just make sure it all comes with a plot.

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Again, If you're not sure about something, please email us before you submit. We'll answer your queries as quickly as possible.

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Happy submitting!

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  • Devin Das

    GenreBlast is an exceptional film festival! We didn't get to attend in person this year but the team was super communicative throughout and they did a great job of creating engagement with filmmakers/press/etc. We can't speak highly enough of GB and can't wait to make it out to future editions!

    September 2021
  • Kate McCoid

    Just absolutely one of the best festivals around. They all care so much about creating a community and experience. Highly, highly recommended.

    September 2021
  • Gia Elliot

    I travelled to Winchester for GenreBlast, where they hosted the regional premiere for my feature film Take Back the Night. I loved this festival and highly recommend submitting.

    The location is an Alamo Drafthouse in the mountains of Virginia, with a hotel right on either side of the theater so it has a distinct, charming 'filmmaker summer camp' feel. I met tons of other great filmmakers while there.

    The festival directors have fantastic and easy communication throughout and they are warm and welcoming.

    The step and repeat and pictures are great, as is the theater itself.

    Because it's at an Alamo, there are a lot of local press and film organizations who host interviews and screenings right out of the same location so you will get a lot of facetime with the local press and plugging into other screening opportunities.

    Finally, you'll see tons of alumni filmmakers. It's a beloved festival and they give out a good amount of awards so it's great at supporting the films that screen there. A+ fest. Can't wait to be back.

    September 2021
  • Sofia Garza-Barba

    Loved being part of this festival. Hopefully next time I can actually attend in person!!

    September 2021
  • Simply a BLAST! The curation of films was top notch, the networking was fabulous and I had so much fun. I loved being at a Genre festival and Winchester is a gorgeous town. I WILL be coming back for more!

    September 2021