GenreBlast Film Festival

For fans of the indie genre film scene, the Alamo Drafthouse will be the place to be the weekend of Sept. 7-10.

The GenreBlast Film Festival will feature 11 feature films and over 80 short films from the genres of horror, action/adventure, sci-fi, fantasy, martial arts, documentaries, animation, suspense/thriller and more.

“Last year we were approached by Nathan Ludwig over at GenreBlast to bring this festival to the Alamo Drafthouse here in Winchester,” said Andy Gyurisin, founder of the Winchester Film Club. “He had a successful run in Culpepper, but was looking to expand and get a little bit bigger. It was a great fit for the Alamo Drafthouse.”

There will be a red carpet ceremony on  Sept. 7 starting at 6 p.m. Doors will open at 10 a.m. both Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 and at 11 a.m. Sept. 10.

To go along with the film festival, there will be two discussion panels centered around indie film as well. The first is Indie Filmmakers Unleashed, which will include some of the indie genre filmmakers talk about their time working in the indie genre. The second discussion panel is Women of Genre, which will feature female writers, producers and directors of indie genre films discussing their experience in the business.

There will be an awards ceremony and after party followed by a special 30th anniversary screening of “Robocop” at the end of the festival on Sept. 10.

“It’s sci-fi, action, horror, all the fun things that you love about going to the movies,” Gyurisin said. “We like the vibe and feel that he (Ludwig) was bringing to the table and the opportunity to support what he was doing. It’s going to be a blast.”


If You Go

Films: To view the festival film lineup, visit www.genreblast.com/schedule.

Cost: Weekend badges are on sale now for $40 and can be purchased at https://drafthouse.com/winchester/show/genreblast-film-festival. Individual day passes will go on sale Aug. 10.

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