It’s almost time for GenreBlast Film Fest to kick off another killer season of wonderfully weird, subversive, and truly indie content.
Now in its eighth year, this incredible little international indie genre film festival boasts a punk rock spirit and a passion for helping fans discover the best, exceedingly original genre and fringe content off the beaten path. And it has carved out a significant place in our hearts.
The four-day in-person event will feature twelve feature films, ninety-nine short films from around the world, and the results of their annual screenplay competition.
Emanating from the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester, Virginia, GenreBlast continues to champion truly independent genre cinema, and this year features a dynamic array of cross-genre fare. With horror, science-fiction, fantasy, action, and even cult and midnight offerings, the fest prides itself on being an eclectic and diverse blast of genres and filmmakers.
The fest runs from Thursday, August 31st through Sunday, Sept. 3rd at the Alamo Winchester and concludes with a livestreamed awards ceremony followed by the GB Aftermath After Party.
A screenplay table read is also on the schedule during the fest.
Of the twelve features selected this year, there are three world premieres, one U.S. premiere, four East Coast premieres, two regional premieres, and two Virginia premieres.
LIVESCREAMERS, Michelle Iannantuono’s sequel to her cult gamer horror hit LIVESCREAM (a $0.99 rental on Prime Video if you want to check it out before the fest!), makes its world premiere at this year’s fest.
Ricky Umberger, director of THE FEAR FOOTAGE TRILOGY — The Fear Footage (2018), The Fear Footage 2: Curse of the Tape (2020), and The Fear Footage: 3 AM (2021); all available to rent on Prime Video — brings his latest found footage feature PROJECT EERIE as a world premiere.
Blake O’Donnell’s slapstick wartime comedy GUERRILLA DOGS also debuts at the fest.
James Fox’s cryptocurrency sci-fi thriller CRYPTO SHADOWS is the sole U.S. premiere this year.
The East Coast premiere of the eclectic gross-out anthology FAT FLESHY FINGERS, produced by Stephen Stull, is also a major highlight this year.
Other East Coast premieres include Paul Ragsdale and Angelica de Alba’s retro slasher MURDERCISE, Sean Oliver’s horror-comedy-with-heart, FOREVER HOME, and Kenichi Ugana’s splatter romance LOVE WILL TEAR US APART.
Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein’s horror mockumentary THE ONCE AND FUTURE SMASH and August Kane’s accompanying lost film END ZONE 2 make for a regional premiere double feature.
Virginia premieres feature Onur Turkel’s darkly comedic POUNDCAKE and monster-heavy anthology CRYTPIDS, directed by the creators of such cult horror films as THE BARN I & II, CIRCUS OF THE DEAD, THE DOOMS CHAPEL HORROR, BONE JANGLES, and FORCE TO FEAR. Joe Bob Briggs stars in the wraparound story for the feature.
There’s also a huge slate of stellar short films, which is always a highlight of the festival for us (see our short film coverage from last year’s fest).