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

Some of our awesome screenings have included:

Lieutenant Jangles - world premiere
The PsyBorgs - world premiere
Clickbait - world premiere
Guardians - world premiere
Future - world premiere

Advance screening of IT

Anniversary screening of RoboCop

Top Knot Detective
Butterfly Kisses
The Ranger
Amazon Hot Box
Frankenstein Created Bikers
Happy Hunting
Night of Something Strange
She Was So Pretty 2: Be Good for Goodness Sake
The VelociPastor
She's Allergic to Cats
She Kills
House Shark
Holy Hell
Dry Blood
Bong of the Living Dead
I'm Dreaming of a White Doomsday
Bloodsucker's Handbook
Lilith's Awakening
Boyne Falls
Blood of the Trbades
Unterwelt: The World Beyond
Dead Bullet
Murder Made Easy
The Nothing
All Through the House
Yeti 2: Life on the Streets

GB4 will happen LABOR DAY WEEKEND - 8/29-9/1 2019 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 fourth 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 & 3 were a big hit and we're bringing them back again for episode four! 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:

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

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

The Les Femmes Du Genre Award

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
  • Savannah Rodgers

    The GenreBlast Film Festival goes above and beyond to provide an incredible filmmaker-oriented experience. Though I was regretfully unable to attend, I know this to be true from their excellent email communication, social media presence, and interactions with me on a personal level.

    The emphasis on community does not begin or end with the actual event; they have an incredibly active Facebook group oriented towards supporting one another. I was beyond stoked to see so many people sharing their work and building relationships before the start of the festival.

    They are also a festival that purposefully tries to find a place for all genres; they even included my LGBTQ+ short documentary about drag queens. When they say "#AllTheFlavors," they mean it.

    There are other great elements to celebrate: GenreBlast arranged for airport pickup for several filmmakers flying into town; the host hotel is right next to the venue, which is incredibly convenient; their trophies are also cool as hell.

    I'm proud to say I screened at GenreBlast. I can't even imagine the great time I would have had if I was able to go and experience it firsthand. I did enjoy it from the limited capacity I was able to this year. Looking forward to submitting again in the future.

    September 2018
  • Lukas Hassel

    Wonderful screenings in the Alamo draft House with excellent opportunity to network and chill with fellow filmmakers. Nathan Ludwig and his great team put up a stellar festival. I highly recommend it.

    September 2018
  • Rakefet Abergel

    This is a good example of a near perfect festival. Amazing films. Amazing people. Amazing networking. With the hotel next door to the Alamo it feels more like camp then a festival. I had an absolute BLAST. Thank you to Nathan, Raygan and Chad for an absolutely unparalleled experience. Love you all!

    September 2018
  • Asaf Livni

    Although I wasn't able to attend the festival with my short film "My First Time", communication was smooth and friendly, and they had lots of social media activity that gave a real sense of the festival :)

    September 2018
  • B. Kornblum Katz

    This was my fourth festival this year, and I relished the chance to catch up with friends I'd made previously as well as meet new people! The venue was fantastic, and I loved that each filmmaker got the chance to talk about their work. I am already plotting out a new project that I can hopefully submit for next year.

    September 2018