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

GB3 will happen LABOR DAY WEEKEND - 8/30-9/2 2018 and will feature the best of truly independent films from around the world - specializing in action, horror, sc-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! In our third year, we will really highlight screenwriters by hosting a screenwriting seminar and even having live script readings with professional actors!

Our discussion panels at GenreBlast 2 were a big hit and we're bringing them back again for the threequel! 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 September, you'll wish you were at GenreBlast!


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:

Filmmaker Awards:

GB Founders Award (personally chosen by the GB founders) TROPHY AWARD
Jury Award (top score across the board) TROPHY AWARD
Audience Award (best crowd reaction/feedback) TROPHY AWARD
Les Femmes Du Genre Award (top women indie talent) CHAMPIONSHIP BELT AWARD
Best Overall Feature - TROPHY AWARD
Funniest Feature
Best Overall Short - TROPHY AWARD
Best Produced Feature Screenplay
Best Produced Short Screenplay
Best Poster (short and feature)
Best Trailer (short and feature)
Best FX (short and feature)
Best Cinematography (short and feature)
Best Actor In A Feature Film
Best Actor In A Short Film
Best Actress In A Feature Film
Best Actress In A Short Film
Best Score (Short and Feature)
Best Song

Screenwriting Awards:

Best Short Script (and runners-up and honorable mentions) TROPHY AWARD
Best Feature Script (and runners-up and honorable mentions) TROPHY AWARD
Best TV or Webisode Script (& runners-up & honorable mentions) TROPHY AWARD
The Nuclear Pen Award (best multi-script writer's award)
Best TV Pilot or Webisode Award

Plus more categories could be added when selections are made...

Email us if you have any questions about anything before you submit. We are especially on the hunt for quality FEATURE films directed by women, POC and LGBTQ filmmakers. If you are one or know of some, please let us know. We will work with you.

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.

We will not post your work or any excerpts of your work anywhere online. That would defeat the purpose of having a live film festival.

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.

Feel free to contact us with any non-idiotic questions. If it's a good question, we'll get right back to you. If it sucks, we'll just ignore you.

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
  • David Maire

    A must submit / attend for fantasy and horror filmmakers / fans respectively. This small festival that packs a big punch with it's consistently strong slate of programmed shorts and feature films in great venues, which attracts a slew of artists and media outlets with which to network. Whats more, the festival organizers are communicable, approachable and having as much fun as the rest of us!

    January 2018
  • Todd Bronson

    For genre writers who dare to entertain and take chances, this festival is for you. If your story dares to step out of the bounds of Hollywood, GenreBlast wants to read and support it.

    January 2018
  • Neil Chase

    An awesome experience! Great festival run by great people. Highly recommended!

    December 2017
    Response from festival:

    Neil, you are an amazing screenwriter and we were honored to showcase Dead Strays during our second year. Excited to see what you do coming up!

  • Sam Comer

    Great films, great venue, and outstanding communication from the festival coordinators. It was great to have our film be a part of it, and I'll definitely be submitting again next year.

    December 2017
    Response from festival:

    Tales of Gluttonous Revenge was a wild short and we were lucky to screen it during our raucous Midnight Grindsploitation on Saturday night - now a GB tradition and you helped make it happen! Thanks to you!

  • Jason Tostevin

    Great content, programmed well, hosted by Nathan and team with genuine care, and held in a top-notch venue. It's so good that I'm effectively downvoting my own fest to boost GB, and I don't give a F***. Submit and go, regardless of selection.

    December 2017
    Response from festival:

    Jason, those are amazing words coming from such a talented filmmaker as yourself. Screening Born Again was a delight and we are peeing our pants with anticiption to see what you have coming up in the near future!