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GRIMMFEST Names Jury & Offers 50% Off Submissions

Grimmfest has fast become one of the “go-to’”genre film festivals in the World. Now in its 12th year, the festival will see thousands of fans attend the Odeon Great Northern in Manchester UK October 7th thru11th Oct. Hosting a plethora of horror, dark fantasy, and sci-fi movie premieres alongside Q&As from many of the filmmakers and stars of the films; Grimmfest 2020 will be a massive celebration of genre cinema on the big screen.  

Grimmfest is an International festival of horror, cult, and fantastic cinema bringing the very best in new independent genre cinema to Manchester (UK), in October; offering fantastic prizes, for 11 special awards. The festival is now in its 2nd decade and recently voted one of the top “30 Bloody Best Genre Festivals in the World” by Movie Maker magazine.

The festival seeks the very best cutting edge and exciting new horror and genre movies to premiere in the north of the UK. Every selected film will benefit from extensive press coverage and will also be in the running for one of their prestigious Reaper awards. This year, films will be competing for these categories:  BEST FEATURE, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST ACTOR, BEST ACTRESS, BEST SCREENPLAY, BEST SCORE, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, BEST SFX, BEST SCARE, BEST SHORT FILM, and the coveted AUDIENCE AWARD. The winners will be announced on the closing night of Grimmfest 2020 and a full list of award prizes will be announced soon.

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Selected films will be viewed and voted on by a special Jury. This year the Jury will be chaired by writer, director, producer and horror movie icon Mick Garris (renowned for Masters of Horror TV series, Stephen King’s The Stand & Nightmare Cinema). Mick will also receive the annual LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD presented by key sponsor, HORROR CHANNEL.

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Mick will be joined by four other carefully selected figures from the world of genre cinema, including: 

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Chelsea Stardust (US based Film Director. Credits include Fangoria’s Satanic Panic, which had its Northern UK premiere at Grimmfest 2019, and Blumhouse & Hulu’s Into The Dark film All That We Destroy).

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Preston Fassel (Award-winning writer. Novels include Our Lady of the Inferno and upcoming Beasts of 42nd Street, publications include FANGORIA (Staff writer), Rue Morgue, Screem Magazine, and Cinedump.com.)

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 Abigail Blackmore (Actress, writer and director, movies include UK horror-comedy Tales from the Lodge which opened Grimmfest 2019)

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Josh Millican (Editor in Chief at DREAD CENTRAL, acquisitions at Epic Pictures/DREAD Presents distribution and host and creator of CHRONIC HORROR web series)

Previous award winners have included: Tigers Are Not Afraid, Why Don’t You Just Die, Anna and the Apocalypse, Harpoon, Extra Ordinary and many more. 

Grimmfest early bird submissions are meant to close imminently, but because everyone has been hit so hard by the current virus lockdown, Grimmfest have decided to offer filmmakers 50% off all submissions for a limited period, giving everyone an opportunity to share their films with us.

Filmmakers with completed genre films, please go to: https://filmfreeway.com/Grimmfest

Use this code: Corona2020discount 

And claim 50% off the full submission fee. 

Not a filmmaker? Fancy attending Grimmfest 2020? Full festival passes are also now available from Grimmfest.com.

Festival director Simeon Halligan said: “We encourage filmmakers and fans alike to, submit their films, get involved and join us this autumn/fall in Manchester UK, on the flip side of this difficult time and to celebrate genre cinema, together! There’s never been a better time to discover Grimmfest!”

Are you attending Grimmfest 2020 in October? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican.

Written by Josh Millican

Josh Millican is the Editor in Chief at Dread Central.

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