Now well into its second decade, GRIMMFEST continues to draw a huge community of genre film fans, press and guests to Manchester (UK) and was recently named as one of the best genre film festivals in the world by MOVIE MAKER MAGAZINE and by website DREAD CENTRAL.
The main festival traditionally takes place across the first weekend in October each year, and for the last number of years it has been hosted at the Odeon Great Northern in Manchester.
Grimmfest started way back in 2009. Film makers Rachel Richardson Jones and Simeon Halligan connected with Steve Balshaw, at the time Manager of Salford Film Festival, looking to explore ways to showcase their own horror movie (SPLINTERED) alongside other film makers’ work. The idea of a Halloween night of films developed, one which would highlight new horror movies. The concept quickly spiralled into a full blown three day event, encompassing brand new features and short films alongside a handful of classic screenings.
We needed a name. We liked the catch phrase ‘Its Grim up North’ but also liked the idea of a connection with the stories of the Brothers Grimm, so we styled ourselves GRIMM UP NORTH. The name stuck for a couple of years until fans started shortening it to GRIMMFEST and so that eventually became our mantle.
Over the years the main festival has been hosted at a number of different venues, including Vue Printworks, The Dancehouse theatre, and the Odeon Great Northern. On the way, weve hosted screenings at Stockport Plaza, Gorilla, The Lass O’ Gowrie, Albert Hall, John Rylands Library, MOSI, MMU, Manchester Cathedral and many more venues.
We have screened literally hundreds of movie premieres since 2009. Previous World, UK and regional premières have included: THE SADNESS, THE DEEP HOUSE, THE WRETCHED, LITTLE MONSTERS, 1BR, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, THE BABADOOK, THE DESCENT 2, SINISTER, DEAD SNOW 2, COHERENCE, THE WOMAN, AMERICAN MARY, CURSE OF CHUCKY, BIG BAD WOLVES, JOHN DIES AT THE END, EXCISION, THE MACHINE, COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES, THE DEAD, LET US PREY, VHS, THE ABCs OF DEATH, WHITE SETTLERS and many more.
Previous Remastered classic screenings include: THE WICKER MAN, NIGHTBREED: THE CABAL CUT, HELLRAISER, HALLOWEEN, THE SHINING, THE DEADZONE, THE DEVIL RIDES OUT, RE-ANIMATOR, THE HOWLING, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, LA BELLE A LE BETTE, THE INNOCENTS, DAWN OF THE DEAD, SCREAM, E.T. and many more.
Previous guests have included: Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), Dee Wallace (E.T.), Mick Garris (Stephen King’s The Stand), Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones), Johnny Vegas (Tales from the lodge), Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin, Steve Oram (Sightseers), Ross Noble (Stiches, QI), Martin Kemp (Spandau Ballet), Patrick Mower (The Devil Rides out), Dominic Brunt (Before Dawn, Emmerdale), Robin Hardy (The Wicker Man), Pollyanna McIntosh (The Woman), Matthew Holness (Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace), Alice Lowe (Sightseers), Shaun Evans (Endeavour), The cast of Clive Barker’s HELLRAISER, Myanna Buring (Ripper Street, The Decent) and many many more.
Grimmfest has quickly become one of the most prestigious fantastic film festivals in Europe. The festival takes place every October in Manchester, UK, with additional screening events taking place throughout the year. Want to dig deep into our Grimm past? Our archive will be added soon, watch this space.