11th Jun2021

Grimmfest announce October [physical] festival dates

by Phil Wheat

After over a year of “home invasions” in the form of virtual screenings and online events, the organisers of Manchester’s Grimmfest have announced the festival will be back this October… in the cinema! From 7th to 10th October, is back once again in their regular venue, the Odeon Great Northern for a live event.

They have also revealed that they will be joined by a true icon of genre cinema; our guest of honour, the incomparable Dee Wallace, recipient of this year’s Grimmfest Lifetime Achievement Award. We’ll be celebrating a remarkable five decade career that ranges from such classics as THE STEPFORD WIVES, THE HILLS HAVE EYES, THE HOWLING, E.T., CUJO and CRITTERS, to equally boundary pushing recent films such as Rob Zombie’s THE LORDS OF SALEM and James Suttles’ THE NEST, which recently had its World Premiere at Grimmfest.

However, for those of you who have enjoyed Grimmfest online, there WILL also be an associated virtual festival reflecting the live event and enabling those who are unable to join us physically, to enjoy the show at home.

From the press release:

Right now, celebrating the genre, and those who have done so much to shape it, seems more important to us than ever before alongside highlighting new, exciting cutting edge genre movies from all over the world. With that in mind, we once again host our Grimmfest annual awards; from BEST FEATURE FILM to BEST SCARE, there will be twelve awards up for grabs and every selected film will be eligible and viewed by our Jury of industry professionals. This year’s Jury includes ‘Horror Channel’ head honcho Stewart Bridle and the multi-talented director, actress and screenwriter Brea Grant (12 HOUR SHIFT).

This year has been a tough one for festivals, and even more so for cinemas and exhibitors. Film festivals are by their very nature, social and public events, a celebration of cinema as a collective experience and a chance to meet up, watch films and discuss them with like-minded people.

The Grimmfest Team has been genuinely honoured by the extent to which our audience has stuck with us, embraced the online format, and worked with us to maintain a collective experience throughout the pandemic. But now it’s time to finally embrace the cinema experience once more. Four whole days of movie premieres, Q&As, talks, parties and exclusive events. All taking place in a real cinema with the support of the Odeon. 

GRIMMFEST festival director Simeon Halligan said:

“The response to our online festival during the pandemic was incredible and revealed that people will always find a way to discover and enjoy new cinematic voices, whatever the circumstances. As we venture back into cinemas, Grimmfest 2021 will also maintain its virtual presence for those who are unable to attend in person.”

ODEON events exec Bill Brock said:

“At ODEON, we pride ourselves on being the destination of choice for film lovers – whether your passion is for blockbuster action films, family favourites or cult horror classics. We know film-lovers have been missing the big screen experience over the past year, so we’re very pleased to be supporting Grimmfest again. It has never been so important to come together and celebrate cinema with likeminded film fans, and we look forward to seeing more events like this take place in the near future”.


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