G-Fest

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G-Fest is an annual convention devoted to the kaiju film genre and sponsored by Daikaiju Enterprises, Ltd. It regularly features panels, contests, and screenings of giant monster movies at the 1,400-seat Pickwick Theatre. G-Fest is presently held in Rosemont, Illinois, at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare Hotel.

Actors, directors, and special effects technicians who worked on kaiju films in Japan are frequent guests at G-Fest. Since 1999, one guest per year has been honored with the "Mangled Skyscraper Award," sculpted by Gene Rizzardi, for their lasting contributions to the kaiju genre. Consistent features of G-Fest are a Dealers' Room full of kaiju memorabilia, video game tournaments, a 24/7 broadcast of kaiju and tokusatsu content on hotel room television sets, and contests in art, film, modeling, and cosplay. In recent years, it has also introduced a large Artists' Alley and film festival for independent kaiju productions.

G-Fest was founded by G-Fan magazine editor and publisher J. D. Lees, a Canadian high school teacher. Persons assisting Lees in organizing G-Fest include Jeff Horne, Brett Homenick, Armand Vaquer, Stan Hyde, and Dawn McKechnie. Actor Robert Scott Field regularly attends G-Fest as a celebrity guest and translator.

Conventions

Convention Location Guests
  • MSA recipient(s)
Screenings Notes
Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Friends of G-FAN[note 1]
(September 3-4, 1994)
Howard Johnson Addison
O'Hare Airport,
Addison, Illinois
N/A Small gathering of G-Fan's publisher, editors, and
contributors, along with Chicago-area kaiju fans.
G-Con '95[note 2]
(August 18-20, 1995)
Radisson Hotel,
Arlington Heights, Illinois
N/A N/A First formal kaiju convention outside of Japan. Opened to the public on the 20th.
G-Con '96[note 3]
(August 16-18, 1996)
Radisson Hotel,
Arlington Heights, Illinois
G-Fest '97
(August 1-3, 1997)
Wyndham Hotel,
Chicago, Illinois
  • Don Glut
  • Marc Cerasini
  • Bob Eggleton
  • Stuart Galbraith IV
  • David Kalat
  • Steve Ryfle
G-Fest '98
(July 31-August 8, 1998)
Wyndham Hotel,
Chicago, Illinois
  • William Stout
  • Mike Fredericks
  • Yoshikazu Ishii
  • Gene Rizzardi
Collaboration with The Prehistoric Times, a dinosaur magazine. Four
additional movies played on August 1, but their titles are unknown.
G-Fest '99
(July 23-25, 1999)
Hilton Hotel, Burbank, California First G-Fest to book a film in a theater, with Gamera 3:
Revenge of Iris
playing at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles.
G-Fest 2000
(July 14–16, 2000)
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel,
Los Angeles, California
N/A
G-Fest '01
(July 13–15, 2001)
Radisson Hotel,
Arlington Heights, Illinois
N/A
G-Fest '02
(July 12–14, 2002)
Radisson Hotel,
Arlington Heights, Illinois
N/A N/A
G-Fest X
(July 18–20, 2003)
Radisson Hotel,
Arlington Heights, Illinois
N/A N/A
G-Fest XI
(July 9–11, 2004)
Holiday Inn O’Hare
International Hotel,
Rosemont, Illinois
N/A N/A
G-Fest XII
(July 8–10, 2005)
Crowne Plaza
Chicago O'Hare Hotel,
Rosemont, Illinois
N/A N/A
G-Fest XIII
(July 7–9, 2006)
Crowne Plaza
Chicago O'Hare Hotel,
Rosemont, Illinois
N/A N/A
G-Fest XIV
(July 6–8, 2007)
Crowne Plaza
Chicago O'Hare Hotel,
Rosemont, Illinois
  • Don Glut
  • Rhodes Reason
  • Shelley Sweeney
  • Robert Scott Field
N/A N/A
Saturday performance by:
  • Rieko Wada
  • Tomomi Matsumura
  • Shetoshi Yamada
  • Marcus Dunleavy
G-Fest XV
(July 4–6, 2008)
Crowne Plaza
Chicago O'Hare Hotel,
Rosemont, Illinois
N/A
G-Fest XVI
(July 3–5, 2009)
Crowne Plaza
Chicago O'Hare Hotel,
Rosemont, Illinois
N/A
G-Fest XVII
(July 9–11, 2010)
Donald E. Stephens
Convention Center,
Rosemont, Illinois
  • Akira Takarada
  • Bob Eggleton
  • Robert Scott Field
  • William M. Tsutsui
  • David Kalat
  • Damon Foster
N/A
G-Fest XVIII
(July 15–17, 2011)
Crowne Plaza
Chicago O'Hare Hotel,
Rosemont, Illinois
  • Ultraman Gaia:
    The Battle in Hyperspace
N/A
G-Fest XIX
(July 13-15, 2012)
Crowne Plaza
Chicago O'Hare Hotel,
Rosemont, Illinois
N/A
G-Fest XX
(July 12-14, 2013)
Crowne Plaza
Chicago O'Hare Hotel,
Rosemont, Illinois
N/A
G-Fest XXI
(July 11-13, 2014)
Crowne Plaza
Chicago O'Hare Hotel,
Rosemont, Illinois
N/A
G-Fest XXII
(July 10-12, 2015)
Crowne Plaza
Chicago O'Hare Hotel,
Rosemont, Illinois
N/A
G-Fest XXIII
(July 15-17, 2016)
Crowne Plaza
Chicago O'Hare Hotel,
Rosemont, Illinois
  • Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy
N/A
G-Fest XXIV: Shin G-Fest
(July 14-16, 2017)
Crowne Plaza
Chicago O'Hare Hotel,
Rosemont, Illinois
N/A
G-Fest XXV
(July 13-15, 2018)
Crowne Plaza
Chicago O'Hare Hotel,
Rosemont, Illinois
N/A
G-Fest XXVI
(July 12-14, 2019)
Crowne Plaza
Chicago O'Hare Hotel,
Rosemont, Illinois
N/A
G-Fest XXVII
(July 9-11, 2021)
Hyatt Regency
O'Hare Chicago,
Rosemont, Illinois
To be announced To be announced Originally scheduled for July 10-12, 2020, at the Crowne Plaza.
Hiroyuki Kawase and Brian Rogers were announced as guests before
the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Notes

  1. Retroactively referred to as G-Fest '94.
  2. Retroactively referred to as G-Fest '95.
  3. Retroactively referred to as G-Fest '96.

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Anguirus Fan

27 days ago
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Always wanted to go to G-fest. I never had the time though.
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GojiKaijuFan06

one month ago
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This year would have been my first G-Fest, But then Coronavirus happened and now I am going in 2021.
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Godzillafan03

2 months ago
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How good is Gfest? Because I plan to go probably next year
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GodzillaFeistyPetFan1998

2 months ago
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i wanna be going there with my dad, and i also have to bring my 3D printed Kaiju figures and show them. i could even make the minor monster figures.
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G&G-Fan

13 months ago
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I've been going since 2014, and all of them are some of the most fun and incredible experiences of my entire life, especially the last three conventions (2017, 2018, and 2019). Every Godzilla fan owes it to themselves to go. Trust me, you will NOT want it to be over. I can't wait to go next year!
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Keizer Zilla

16 months ago
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I always wanted to go to G-fest, Unfortunately, I live in New Zealand... Maybe someday!
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BlackBagan

32 months ago
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im belling watever for a chance to gfest
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SkullIsland

37 months ago
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G-Fest was Amazing! Will definitely go again and again.
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SkullIsland

39 months ago
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G-Tour is also interesting

http://www.g...gtouriii.php
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Astounding Beyond Belief

39 months ago
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I was part of the 2015 G-Tour. Unforgettable experience.
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SkullIsland

39 months ago
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Do you go inside Toho on G-Tours?

https://www....enick/videos
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Astounding Beyond Belief

39 months ago
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Yes.
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