Monster Fest is a celebration of all that is weird and wonderful in the international cult cinema palette – Horror, fantasy, science-fiction, action, crime, noir, dark drama, gothic western, black comedy, animation, erotica and more.

Monster Fest is about blackened cinemas with awe-struck patrons sitting on the edge of their seats. It’s about white knuckles, cold sweats, nervous gasps, gut-wrenching laughs and screams in the dark, but most of all Monster Fest is about people – people who love cinema with bite, a community of like-minded souls from every corner of life, united by a passion for the most twisted imaginings on the planet.
It is dangerous, delirious and delightful. It is about moving with wild abandon into the darkened recesses of cinematic imagination, and doing it with others. It’s about leaving your living room, entering the cinema and daring to live it large with films that are larger than life itself.
Founded in 2011 as an initiative of Monster Pictures, Monster Fest is a mix of Premieres, international festival favourites, challenging new discoveries and curated repertory sidebars alongside industry-focused events such as panels and masterclasses with renowned international guests, and a special emphasis on supporting emerging Australian genre film talent through the festival and beyond.
The Producers would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which Monster Fest takes place.

Testimonials

“Monster Fest is a kick-ass film festival, and a must see event for all genre movie lovers!”

“Monster Fest is providing access for Australian audiences to quality genre cinema, while paying an important growing role within the Australian festival landscape."

“Monster Fest has quickly become a major event on the international film festival landscape. Unforgettable films, incredible events and outstanding guests. We absolutely LOVE it!”

Monster Fest Team

  • Grant Hardie

    Festival Director / Business Manager / Programmer

    Grant Hardie, an RMIT film graduate, has worked within the Australian film industry for over twenty years in roles ranging from production through distribution. Grant’s passion for film harks back to late nights as a child, waiting for his parents to fall asleep before he would sneak out to the living room to catch a Hammer Horror film on television. This enthusiasm for genre cinema carried through Grant’s adult life and has proved a driving force behind co-founding Monster Pictures in 2010.

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  • Jarret Gahan

    Online Content / Digital Marketing Manager / Programmer

    Jarret Gahan has been toiling away in visual storytelling for over two decades, producing award-winning films, music videos and supplemental features for home entertainment releases. His passion from infancy has been cinema, christened on VHS, his education started early with his first filmic memories being awash of exploding heads, flying spheres and fallen AT-ATs. Currently Jarret is the Editor-in-chief at Cult of Monster, a podcaster with FakeShemp.Net and co-produces the web-series Video Hoarders.

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  • Ben Hellwig

    Online Content / Technical Director / Programmer

    Ben has worked in all aspects of film distribution and exhibition for over half a decade, from acquisitions to product development, production, design, programming and everything in-between. Outside of Monster Pictures / Monster Fest, Ben is the co-founder of a boutique VHS distribution label, Celluloid Apocalypse, and co-produces the web-series Video Hoarders.

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  • Kim Taylor

    OPERATIONS COORDINATOR / PROGRAMMER

    Kim is partner of and sidekick to Grant Hardie, together they travel the country with the Monster Fest Travelling Sideshow. Kim takes on many roles, least of which is the official photographer. Over the past decade Kim has worked as the stills photographer on several award-winning films. After a successful year studying Film and Television at Victorian College of The Arts, her graduating film INTERRUPTED played several film festivals around the world including Shepparton Shorts Film Festival, Brooklyn International Film Festival and SKANC Short Film Festival. Kim’s hunger and fervour for horror and genre films often finds her lamenting “let’s just eat and watch movies all night”.

  • Neil Foley

    Executive Producer

    Neil has worked in the Australian film industry for the last 20 years in various roles including production, distribution and acting. Neil and his long time friend and collaborator, Grant Hardie started hatching a plan in 2010 to start a distribution label specialising in genre cinema, and later that year, Monster Pictures was born. Neil lives in Melbourne with his whippet Wilma, is a fanatical supporter of the St Kilda Football Club and enjoys robust conversations about any number of topics.

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  • Dick Dale

    Trasharama Programmer

    Dick Dale has been creating award-winning short films since 1993. In 1997 he founded Trasharama, the nastiest film program in Oz, sourcing the most sick and twisted horror shorts on Earth. Spawned in a local rock dive followed by punk acts, it now premieres at Monster Fest annually and tours Australia as the 'Roadkill Roadtrip tour'. Dick’s other activities include being Trasharama MC, punk rock vocalist, spoken word artist, film reviewer, roadie and worst barman. He is currently producing and directing the splatterpunk feature Ribspreader.

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