Artwork by Matt Frank
G-FEST is the largest regular gathering of Godzilla and Japanese monster fans in the world. Held each summer, it typically attracts more than 1000 attendees, but has seen a gradual increase in attendance over the past few years. G-FEST 2014 was the most successful convention to date, bringing in about 3000 Japanese science fiction and fantasy film fans!
G-FEST is a family-oriented convention which caters to a wide variety of interests within the kaiju genre. G-FEST features presentations and Q & A sessions by actors and crew from the Japanese Godzilla films, fan presentations on topics of interest, contests and gaming, new and classic kaiju movies, the western world’s largest kaiju-oriented dealers room, and lots of fun and camaraderie.
The 2014 Convention
G-FEST XXI was held from July 11th to July 13th, at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare.
Special Guests that appeared at G-FEST XXI were actors Tomoko Ai, Katsuhiko Sasaki, Don Frye, and Robert Scott Field; special effects director Koichi Kawakita; sculptor/model maker Hiroshi Sagae; directors Shinpei Hayashiya, Shingo Maehata and Kazuhiro Nakagawa; and award winning artist Bob Eggleton.
Movies that screened at G-FEST XXI were King Kong (1976), and King Kong Lives on Thursday afternoon, July 10th as part of the double double feature film festival. Yongary, Monster From the Deep and Gamera vs. Barugon played on Thursday evening. Godzilla vs. Destroyah was the feature film on Friday, July 11th, and Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah was Saturday’s feature film, on the 12th. See the G-FEST XXI Movies page for additional details.
In additional to G-FEST’s featured films, fans got to hear the Ifukube 100: A Legacy of Monster Music live symphonic concert on Saturday, July 12th at the Pickwick Theatre. This extraordinary once in a lifetime event celebrated the musical career of Akira Ifukube, featuring the memorable music from all of his Godzilla films!