Grimmfest announces new Online platform for 2020


Grimmfest 2020 will offer a roster of feature film premieres and shorts programmes across a new online platform.

Grimmfest 2020 online edition. The festival will run from the evening of Thur 7th Oct through to the evening of Sunday 11th Oct. Over 19 feature films, two short film showcases, plenty of Q&As, an exclusive talk with Mick Garris (Masters of Horror, Stephen King’s The Stand), who will also be receiving a Lifetime Achievement award, and we will also host a panel session on Iconic Women in Horror. It’s going to be a packed 5 days!

Films will run from the advertised times but will be available for a longer window than at the ‘Live’ festival so you have time to watch them at your leisure.

Please note all films will be DRM-protected and geo-blocked for the UK. We will also host scheduled Livestream Q&A’s with many of the film stars and makers. Only ticketed audience members can participate in chats and ask questions.

Watch on your laptop, device or smart TV in the comfort and safety of your home. TV viewing via apps, include Apple TV, Roku and Android TV.

Grimmfest’s live event at the Odeon Great Northern, Manchester, will be postponed until spring 2021. But fear not, the online alternative “virtual festival” will feature an exciting array of feature film premieres, shorts programmes, Q&As, talks and much more.

This year has seen every film festival struggling to find ways to present new films to their audience safely, without risk of infection, in the midst of a global pandemic. And after long and serious discussion, Grimmfest will be going ahead in a new format for 2020.

The first ten feature premieres have been announced as follows –

  • Unearth – UK Premiere
  • Revenge Ride
  • Ten Minutes to Midnight
  • Ropes – UK Premiere
  • Fried Barry
  • The Special – UK Premiere
  • An Ideal Host – European Premiere
  • Triggered – Northern Premiere
  • Death Ranch – World Premiere
  • Urubu – UK Premiere

Steve Balshaw, chief programmer, said: “We are selecting some fantastic genre movie premieres that people can enjoy from the safety of their own home. With so many titles already confirmed, this is shaping up to be a fine alternative.”

Simeon Halligan, festival director said: “We are indebted to the ODEON, who have worked with us to offer alternative ways to present the festival and are pulling out all the stops to help us make sure Grimmfest 2020/21 is a success. We are also pleased that our key Sponsor ‘Horror Channel’ are able to continue their support throughout 2020, enabling us to put on an amazing post lockdown celebration of genre cinema

Individual film tickets will go on sale in August while full festival passes are on sale now.

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