Anomaly – The Rochester Genre Film Festival Goes Virtual November 12-15 with 14 Feature Films and 35 Shorts

Anomaly – The Rochester Genre Film Festival is thrilled to present its 2020 Virtual Edition on Thursday, November 12 through Sunday, November 15. The lineup includes 14 feature films and 35 short films, spanning 15 countries, along with virtual events and filmmaker Q&As.

Highlights include Opening Night Selection THE PAPER TIGERS, a feel-good action-comedy about three former Kung Fu prodigies, now washed-up underdogs about to face epic unfinished business; THE LAST BLOCKBUSTER, a wry and nostalgic documentary showcasing the ups and downs of video store culture, as well as the challenges faced by the last remaining Blockbuster store in Bend, Oregon; and JUMBO, a sweet, strange, and heartfelt romance starring Noémie Merlant (PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE) that’s unlike any you’ve seen before.

Other highlights include the festival premieres of hand-drawn animated fantasy EMPRESS OF DARKNESS from Japan, and GREMLINS: THE PUPPET STORY, an intimate documentary made by legendary special effects artist Chris Walas about the creation of the creature effects for the beloved 1984 classic film GREMLINS. A Q&A with Walas and Western NY-based artist and filmmaker Rashaad Santiago, winner of the 6th season of SyFy’s special effects makeup reality competition FACE OFF will follow the film.

All features are accessible to view online throughout New York State; shorts are accessible online nationwide. All films and programs are $10 each, while virtual events and Q&As are free. A free account is required via the festival’s virtual platform and sponsor, Eventive.

Film details:
When: Thursday, November 12 – Sunday, November 15
Where: Online
Tickets: Individual tickets are on sale for $10, as well as a Shorts Pass ($20) for access to all the shorts programs, and Full Festival Passes ($60) with admittance to every film screening, program, discussions & events. Passes and tickets are available at:

Spotlighting quirky, spooky, and fantastical films from around the world, Anomaly – The Rochester Genre Film Festival is dedicated to celebrating and supporting independent genre movies (horror, science fiction, fantasy, action, dark comedy, and the truly indescribable) and the amazing artists who make them.

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