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.

G-Fest (Friends of G-FAN) '94

G-Fest (G-Con) '95

  • Location: Radisson Hotel in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Dates: August 18-20, 1995
  • Notes: First formal kaiju convention outside of Japan. Opened to the public on the 20th.

G-Fest (G-Con) '96

G-Fest '97

G-Fest '98

G-Fest '99

  • Location: Hilton Hotel in Burbank, California
  • Dates: July 23–25, 1999
  • Guests: Robert Scott Field, Volker Engel, Forry Ackerman, Noriaki Yuasa, Wataru Mimura, Hiroshi Kashiwabara, Shusuke Kaneko
  • Sunday Screening: Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris
  • Mangled Skyscraper Award Recipient: Forry Ackerman
  • Notes: 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

G-Fest '01

G-Fest '02

G-Fest X

G-Fest XI

G-Fest XII

  • Location: Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois
  • Dates: July 8–10, 2005
  • Guests: Yoshimitsu Banno, Yoshikazu Ishii, Robert Scott Field, Carl Craig, Robert Conte
  • Friday Screenings: H-Man, Godzilla vs. Hedorah
  • Saturday Screening: Godzilla: Final Wars
  • Mangled Skyscraper Award Recipient: Yoshikazu Ishii

G-Fest XIII

G-Fest XIV

  • Location: Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois
  • Dates: July 6–8, 2007
  • Guests: Rhodes Reason, Shelley Sweeney, Robert Scott Field, Don Glut
  • Saturday Afternoon Concert Performed by: Rieko Wada, Tomomi Matsumura, Shetoshi Yamada, Marcus Dunleavy
  • Friday Screening: King Kong Escapes
  • Saturday Screening: King Kong vs. Godzilla
  • Mangled Skyscraper Award presented to: Don Glut

G-Fest XV

G-Fest XVI

G-Fest XVII

G-Fest XVIII

G-Fest XIX

G-Fest XX

G-Fest XXI

G-Fest XXII

G-Fest XXIII

G-Fest XXIV (Shin G-Fest)

G-Fest XXV

G-Fest XXVI

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Keizer Zilla

3 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

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

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

25 months ago
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G-Tour is also interesting

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

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

25 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

25 months ago
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Yes.
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