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

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

"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."
- 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."
- HorrorPack

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

GB5 will happen LABOR DAY WEEKEND - 9/3-9/6 2020 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 GB5! 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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Happy submitting!

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Lachlan Marks

    Great communication. Exciting and unique competition to be part of.

    July 2019
  • Laurel Vail

    I didn't get to go to the fest, but everyone I know that went had a great time. Plus there is an alumni group for continued networking, which I have found really helpful.

    December 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Laurel! What Metal Girls Are Into is an amazing short film and it always brings the house down. We can't wait to see what you're working on next.

  • Dylan Hintz

    GENREBLAST isn't just one of the best run, most fun festivals at one of the best venues I've been to, it's also one of the BEST curated festivals I could imagine. Nearly every picture on the screen was exceedingly fun to watch, and clearly represented the "GENRE" in the name of the event.

    Was a lot of fun, well priced, and worth inviting friends to!

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Dylan, you son of a...! It was a pleasure having you at GB3 and everyone enjoyed Ghost Cop Part 2. Please come back!

  • Flood Reed

    Was honored to have my screenplay selected as a semi-finalist in this year's GenreBlast! My only regret is being on the opposite coast and not being able to attend!

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Flood, the honor was all ours! Keep writing!

  • Aaron Barrocas

    Amazing festival all around. In advance of the event, communication was well established between all of the participants, so that a sense of community could be created. The organization in finding an incredible location for the screenings, as well as a great hotel that attendees could stay at within walking distance, and even arranging rides to and from the airport, was appreciated by all. The films themselves were carefully selected, and so many of them proved to be hidden gems. The level of creative talent was inspirational, and the majority of the filmmakers flew in to represent their films, and do Q&A sessions. In addition, there were a few well-considered panels on filmmaking and screenwriting that yielded fantastic advice. The time and effort that went into planning this festival was evident in every detail.

    September 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Aaron, we were so lucky to have you attend GB3. You are a delight to be around and you brought GB3 up a notch just by being there. Your scripts are amazing and we want to see more from you!