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!

#alltheflavors

Awards & Prizes

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
Best Horror Feature
Best Action/Thriller Feature
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Feature
Best Grindhouse/Exploitation Feature
Best International Feature
Funniest Feature
Best Overall Short - TROPHY AWARD
Best Horror Short
Best Action/Thriller Short
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Short
Best WTF Short
Best International Short
Funniest Short
Best Produced Feature Screenplay
Best Produced Short Screenplay
Best Music Video or Animated Short - TROPHY AWARD
Best VA/TN Connection Film - TROPHY AWARD
Best Poster (short and feature)
Best Trailer (short and feature)
Best FX (short and feature)
Best Cinematography (short and feature)
Best Action/Fight Coreography
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 Supporting Actor (Feature)
Best Supporting Actress (Feature)
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)
The Thunderdome Award (best action/adventure feature script)
The Leaders of the Boo School Award (best supernatural horror feature script)
The Horrormeister Award (best classic horror feature script)
The GenreBlender Award (best cross-genre feature script)
The Gutbuster Award (funniest feature script)
The Nailbiter Award (best suspense/thriller feature script)
The Interdimensional Award (best sci-fi/fantasy feature script)
The WTF Award (best WTF feature script)
Best Hour Long TV Pilot or Webisode Award
Best Half-Hour TV Pilot or Webisode Award
The Dark Visions Award (twisted short script)
The Ready To Go Award (polished short script)
The Comedy Is Brevity Award (funniest short script)
The Outside The Box Award (freshest short script)
The Hot Take Award (most topical short script)
The Cryptkeeper Award (most likely to be an episode of a certain horror anthology)

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

Rules & Terms

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.

DO NOT MAIL ANYTHING TO THE DRAFTHOUSE UNLESS WE KNOW ABOUT IT. IT WILL BE THROWN IN THE GARBAGE IMMEDIATELY. THANK YOU.

Happy submitting!

61 Reviews

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    Neil Chase

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

    December 2017
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    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
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    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
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    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!

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    Matthew Lucas

    They will write about this festival in history books. Seriously, one of the best of our tour. I met so many interesting and passionate people here, people I'm already working with on new projects, and others who instantly picked up my film to screen at another fest. I'm officially a fanboy!

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Matt! We here at GenreBlast absolutely adore Moonshot and it epitomizes why we love doing what we do.

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    Kate Wayman-Dodd

    Well run and super fun! Got to meet a lot of great people and had a wonderful time

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    So glad you came out, Kate! Loved having you there.