UPDATE: GenreBlast 2 will come to you from the amazing Alamo Drafthouse in Winchester, VA on September 8-10! Rejoice!
Horror? Check! Sci-Fi/Fantasy? Check! Action/Adventure? Check! Martial Arts? Check! Suspense/Thriller? Check! Grindhouse/Exploitation? Check! International Cinema? Check! All systems go! Let's rock!
GenreBlast is an upstart film festival that had a very successful first year at the revitalized state-of-the-art State Theatre in wonderful downtown Culpeper, Virginia. Our second year will be even bigger and better in every way possible!
We celebrate the finest in true genre cinema and we're looking for your best features, shorts, music videos and screenplays in the categories of horror, action/adventure, sci-fi, fantasy, martial arts, exploitation, documentaries, animation, grindhouse, suspense/thriller, international, experimental and more!
A festival for filmmakers, by filmmakers. GenreBlast is a party for filmmakers and film lovers that strives to become one of the best new independent film festivals around.
YOUR FILM WILL BE SHOWN IN AN ACTUAL THEATRE! NO DINGY HOTEL CONFERENCE ROOMS! NO SKETCHY BASEMENT SHOWS! Submit with confidence!
We have a special category for Virginia and Tennessee filmmakers to submit for next to nothing. We are also LGBTQ friendly and love diversity in our crazy, whacked-out genre cinema.
WHAT DO WE WANT?
Pirates / Clowns / Ninjas / Robots / Bad Cops / Good Cops / Dirty Cops / Cyborgs / Androids / Clones / Doppelgangers / Freaks / Geeks / Weirdos / Serial Killers / Angels / Demons / Thieves / Rogues / Giants / Bandits / Vampires / Werewolves / Skeletons / Ghosts / Zombies / Wrestlers / Warriors / Boxers / Gladiators / Spies / Soldiers / Martians / Astronauts / Witches / Priests / Goblins / Planes / Trains / Automobiles / Barflies / Hookers / Ho's / Prostitutes / Pimps / Vigilantes / Gangsters / Mobsters / Ex-cons / Criminals / Prisoners / Superheroes / Supervillains / Mercenaries / Drifters / Wanderers / Strangers / Visitors / Aliens / Mentors / Sages / Wizards / Sorcerers / Warlocks / Unicorns
BUT WHERE FROM?
China / Japan / USA / Canada / UK / Ireland / South Africa / Malaysia / Thailand / Taiwan / Singapore / Australia / Russia / Mexico / Iceland / Norway / Finland / Denmark / Sweden / France / Germany / South Korea / Philippines / Poland / Hungary / Austria / Switzerland / Spain / Egypt / Israel / India / Italy / Portugal and EVERYWHERE else on planet Earth and beyond!
WE WANT IT ALL!
Awards & Prizes
First prize in the top categories will receive a trophy, possible sponsor swag, cash prizes and more.
Runners up in each category will receive a certificate and possibly an assortment of cool sponsor prizes.
Attending filmmakers/screenwriters will receive up to two (2) weekend passes to the festival along with exclusive filmmaker lanyards to identify you as a special snowflake as well as VIP goodie 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 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:
GB Founders Award (personally chosen by the GB founders)
Les Femmes De Genre Award
Best Overall Feature
Best Horror Feature
Best Action/Thriller Feature
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Feature
Best Grindhouse/Exploitation Feature
Best International Feature
Best Overall Short
Best Horror Short
Best Action/Thriller Short
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Short
Best WTF Short
Best International Short
Best Produced Feature Screenplay
Best Produced Short Screenplay
Best Music Video
Best VA/TN Connection Film
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 Overall Short Script (and runners-up)
Best Overall Feature Script (and runners-up and honorable mention)
GB Founders Award
Best Horror Script
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Script
Best Action/Thriller Script
Best WTF Script
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 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.
Your film/script MUST fall into at least one of these genres:
Horror / Thriller / Action / Adventure / Sci-fi / Martial Arts / Fantasy / Grindhouse / Exploitation / Experimental
Dramas and comedies are welcome as long as they also fall into one of the above genre categories as well. For example, if your drama has zombies in it or your comedy has ninjas in it, we're interested. If, on the other hand, your drama is about the life of a narcoleptic wheat farmer, then we might not be for you. If you're not sure, you can always email us with questions. We don't bite unless you pay us to do so.
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.
Your work will not be posted 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.