Mutant Fest will be held on July 16, 2021 - the first day of Joe Bob's Drive-In Jamboree, at the Mahoning Drive-In in Lehighton, PA.

The film festival will be a celebration of low-budget exploitation films made outside the financial support systems of Los Angeles and New York. Mutant Fest salutes and highlights films by guerilla filmmakers with no marketing budget.

Two winning feature films and ten shorts will all be screened at Mutant Fest at the Mahoning Drive-In on the evening of July 16, 2021. Joe Bob Briggs will host and present the awards. Winning filmmakers receive free admission for Friday.

Runners-up will be screened throughout the day at a location to be named later.

All film submissions less than 30 minutes will be considered SHORTS, and anything longer will be considered FEATURES for this festival.

No restrictions on region, though non-native films should be subtitled.

Overall Rating
  • Mitchell Branget

    Joe Bob Briggs is a legend amongst horror fans, this is him putting his money where is mouth is after the "Keep Rolling" speech from S.2 of Last Drive In. It was the first year so of course learning curves are expected, there was some slight communication issues with film makers finding their screening times and who was main event film vs runner up films. BUT overall the festival was amazing, being selected was a true honour, I can't wait for next year. The Drive In will NEVER die.

    August 2021
  • Jeff Wedding

    This was the absolute BEST experience a filmmaker could have. The outstanding Mutant Fest crew, coupled with the hospitality of the Mahoning staff, is unparalleled. Joe Bob and Darcy couldn't have been more welcoming and pleasant. If you have a film ready to unleash, you MUST submit it to this amazing event. I guarantee it will not disappoint.

    August 2021
  • Brian Cunningham

    This was an amazing experience! They treated the filmmakers with great respect and made sure LOSS PREVENTION was seen by a huge drive-in audience, plus Joe Bob Briggs did an intro and interview and honored the films with the Hubbie award. The crew was hospitable and helped us work out travel arrangements to make sure we could attend. Overall the best festival experience I've had in 10 years of making movies. Great to see a festival that is truly focused on honoring small genre films.

    August 2021
  • Jeff Seemann

    I wouldn't have traded this experience for anything. Everyone there - from organizers to fans - were so kind and welcoming, and I cannot wait to attend next year's event!

    August 2021
  • Jessica Guerra

    I can't say enough good things about this festival! The Mahoning Drive-In was such a badass location and had a community feel and spirit to it that's seriously lacking in most film festivals. Joe Bob and Darcy were just as amazing in person as they are on television and it was so nice to have such an awesome crowd who were all genuinely excited to support short and indie horror films! Also seeing my short on the Mahoning screen and so many people watching it was an incredible experience that I'll never forget! The only negative I could possibly say is that it was a little disorganized, but that was more because of insane weather that was beyond anyone's control, and everyone there was so positive and had such great attitudes it really didn't matter. Thank you so much Joe Bob, Darcy and everyone who helped organize this RAD event!

    July 2021