One thing that I am excited about attending as we begin to have events again is film festivals. One, in particular, that is on my radar and is quickly approaching is Beyond Fest. This is the highest-attended genre film festival in the United States. Due to the situation last year, they had taken over the Mission Tiki Drive-In. But this year Beyond Fest is back in theaters for ten days. The festival will take place starting on Wednesday, September 29th through Monday, October 11th. During this time their programming consists of 39 features. This includes 8 world premieres, 4 US premieres, and 17 West Coast premieres. It will screen at the Legion Theatre, Aero Theatre, and Los Feliz 3.
Beyond Fest will open up with the West Coast premiere of Julia Ducornau’s Palme d’Or Winner Titane at the historic Hollywood Legion Theater with the director in attendance. Titane will play in theater for the first time on a never-before-seen 35mm print. While this is playing inside, a dive-in screening will be taking place simultaneously outside.
Blumhouse fans will rejoice as they will be bringing two of their most-anticipated films of the year. First off will be the US premiere of Halloween Kills. Which will feature Director David Gordon Green and producer Jason Blum attending in person. They will participate in a post-screening Q&A that will be live-streamed globally as the culmination of the super-producer’s Blumfest.
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Their other film that will also be featured is Black Phone from power duo Scott Derrickson and Robert Cargill. Their film will bring even more chills and thrills with their adaptation of Joe Hill’s ghost story. Director Scott Derrickson will be in attendance for the West Coast premiere.
One of my highly anticipated films this fall A24’s Lamb will also make its debut at Beyond Fest. Here it will receive its West Coast premiere following its Cannes debut. In attendance will be Director Valdimar Jóhannsson and star Noomi Rapace.
These are some of the standout highlights for Beyond Fest, but you can check out their full lineup, which includes a lot of classic gems, on their website. Here you can also find information about tickets. Just follow the link below!
“Despite all of the adversity of the last 18 months, we’re incredibly thankful to have built a program that is as diverse and progressive as anything we’ve accomplished in our past nine years,” said Beyond Fest Head of Programming, Evrim Ersoy. “Recognizing this adversity, the generous support of filmmakers, studios, distributors, and our partners has also given us the opportunity to make over half of the program free to the film community of Los Angeles. It’s so good to be back in theaters where we belong.”
Given the line-up this year, it’s easy to see why Beyond Fest is so popular. Lots of exciting premieres and cult classics make up this great showcase of cinema. If you’re on the West Coast or are willing to travel, this could be a very fun destination!
2021’s Beyond Fest takes place starting Wednesday, September 29th through Monday, October 11th.