Grimmfest teams up with Odeon Printworks for film festival

Jayna Patel | 9th July 2015

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Manchester’s home to horror and cult films, Grimm Up North are excited to announce the 2015 festival dates and brand new venue for their annual International Festival of Fantastic Film – Grimmfest.  The 7th edition of the UK festival, dedicated to screening the best in Cult, Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy cinema, will take place 1st -4th of October at Manchester’s Odeon Printworks.

In previous years the festival held screenings in multiple venues around Manchester, but this year Grimmfest are pleased to announce a partnership with Odeon at their northern flagship cinema set within an entertainment complex The Printworks. The impressive cinema plays host to the largest IMAX outside of London, 20 state of the art digital screens.

Working in partnership with Odeon, Grimmfest 2015 will present the most exciting new titles in genre cinema from around the world with exclusive celebrity appearances, add that to the list of exciting content announcements yet to come, 2015 will be the very best edition of the festival.

Festival Director Simeon Halligan is even more excited than usual to unleash Grimmfest this year: “Printworks will make a fantastic home for the festival; we are super excited to be working with the Printworks team who are as determined as we are to put on an amazing show.”

Building on the success of Grimmfest 2014 is important to Halligan. “Last year’s premieres and preview screenings were sell outs, particularly exciting were the screenings of Serenity, The Babadook & 30th anniversary screening of A Nightmare on Elm Street, but this year working with Odeon Printworks we want to not only deliver sell out shows, but grow the audience and introduce even more people to Grimmfest.”

In previous years Grimmfest has largely focused on premiering new Horror films with a side serving of other genres, a strategy that has seen it become one of the most popular genre film festivals in the UK.  This year’s Grimmfest will deliver an even greater diversity, keeping its Horror Core, but bringing to audiences a great number of ‘Genre Gems.’

Halligan adds: “We will always spotlight new horror genre material but we wish to embrace the full spectrum of fantastic films with a view to becoming the festival for fantastic film in the UK.  Manchester is the UK’s second city and deserves a top class international film festival. Today’s announcement of our new Odeon Printworks home, takes us a couple of steps closer to that goal.”

Steve Gleave General Manchester of the Odeon Printworks is equally excited about their collaboration. “It’s great that we can host Grimmfest here at Odeon Manchester. This is the perfect festival of film for fans of brand new and classic horror, cult, fantasy and Sci-fi movies from around the world. It’s fantastic that we can host festivals such as this for dedicated film fans in Manchester!”

Adam Jackson, Conference & Events Coordinator of Odeon Manchester says:”Having worked with the GRIMMFEST team for some time already I am very excited to help deliver the most anticipated Manchester film festival for horror & sci-fi fans alike!”

Stay tuned to Grimmfest’s website for line up announcements on the build up to the festival.  Full Festival Passes for Grimmfest will go on sale on Friday July 17 .