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Archive: G-FEST XXIV

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 2017 Convention

G-FEST XXIV was held from July 14th to July 16th, at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare.

Special guests for G-FEST XXIV included composer Michiru Ōshima, designer/illustrator Yuji Kaida, director and special effects director Shinji Higuchi, actor Ryuki Kitaoka, assistant director Kazuhiro Nakagawa, director Kiyotaka Taguchi, actor Robert Scott Field, and comics industry veteran Tony Isabella.

The G-FEST double double feature film festival returned to the Pickwick Theatre. The Kaiju Eiga Film Fest consisted of King Kong vs. Godzilla and Dragon Wars: D-War on Thursday afternoon, with Godzilla X Megaguirus, and Godzilla (2014) playing on Thursday evening. The Friday and Saturday main features were Kong: Skull Island and Shin Godzilla. See the Movies page for the details.