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G-Fest is an annual convention devoted to the kaiju film genre and sponsored by Daikaiju Enterprises, Ltd. It regularly features panels, contests, and theatrically-screened films of interest to fans of Japanese monsters such as Godzilla and Gamera. G-Fest is presently held in Chicago, Illinois, at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare Hotel.

Actors, directors, special effects technicians who worked on kaiju movies in Japan are frequent guests at G-Fest. Often, the major guest is honored with the coveted "Mangled Skyscraper Award" for their lasting contributions to the kaiju genre.

Three of the most popular features of G-Fest are the Dealers Room where dealers sell toys, posters, books and movie memorabilia, the Costume Contest where participants of all ages make and model their monster character costumes, and the Model Show & Competition.

G-Fest was founded by G-Fan magazine editor and publisher J. D. Lees, a Canadian high school teacher. Persons assisting Lees in organizing G-Fest include Jeff Horne, Brett Homenick, Armand Vaquer, Stan Hyde, Dawn McKechnie and others. Actor Robert Scott Field regularly attends G-Fest as a celebrity guest and translator.

G-Fest (Friends of G-FAN) '94

  • First public meeting of contributors to G-Fan
  • Howard Johnson Hotel, O'Hare Airport, Illinois

G-Fest (G-Con) '95

  • First organized convention. The first two days were closed to the public until news reports spread then was open to the public on the last day (3rd)
  • Radisson Hotel, Arlington Heights, Illinois

G-Fest (G-Con) '96

  • Guests: Ken Satsuma, Haruo Nakajima, Guy Mariner Tucker (late author of "Age of the Gods: A History of Japanese Fantasy Film")
  • Radisson Hotel, Arlington Heights, Illinois

G-Fest (G-Con) '97

  • Guests: Don Glut, Marc Cerasini, Bob Eggleton, Stuart Galbraith IV, David Kalat, Steve Ryfle
  • Wyndham Hotel, Chicago, Illinois

G-Fest '98

  • Guests: William Stout, Mike Fredericks, Yoshikazu Ishii, Gene Rizzardi
  • Wyndham Hotel, Chicago, Illinois

G-Fest '99

  • Date: July 23-25, 1999
  • Guests: Robert Scott Field, Volker Engel, Forry Ackerman, Noriaki Yuasa, Wataru Mimura, Hiroshi Kashiwabara, Shusuke Kaneko
  • Movies: Gamera 3: Awakening of Irys
  • Mangled Skyscraper Award presented to: Forry Ackerman
  • Burbank Hilton, Burbank, California

G-Fest 2000

G-Fest '01

G-Fest '02

G-Fest X

G-Fest XI

G-Fest XII

  • Date: July 8-10, 2005
  • Guests: Yoshimitsu Banno, Yoshikazu Ishii, Robert Scott Field, Carl Craig, Robert Conte
  • Movies: H-Man, Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Godzilla: Final Wars
  • Mangled Skyscraper Award presented to: Yoshikazu Ishii
  • Crowne Plaza O'Hare International, Rosemont, Illinois

G-Fest XIII

  • Date: July 7-9, 2006
  • Guests: Kazuki Omori, Robert Scott Field, Yoshikazu Ishii
  • Movies: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, Negadon: The Monster from Mars, Gamera: The Brave
  • Mangled Skyscraper Award presented to: Robert Scott Field
  • Crowne Plaza O'Hare International, Rosemont, Illinois

G-Fest XIV

  • Date: July 6-8, 2007
  • Guests: Rhodes Reason, Shelley Sweeney, Robert Scott Field, Don Glut
  • Saturday Afternoon Concert Performed by: Rieko Wada, Tomomi Matsumura, Shetoshi Yamada, Marcus Dunleavy
  • Movies: King Kong Escapes, King Kong vs. Godzilla
  • Mangled Skyscraper Award presented to: Don Glut
  • Crowne Plaza O'Hare International, Rosemont, Illinois

G-Fest XV

  • Date: July 4-6, 2008
  • Guests: Haruo Nakajima, Don Frye, Robert Scott Field, and J.D. Lees
  • Movies: Matango, Destroy All Monsters, Godzilla Vs. Gigan, YAMATO TAKERU, Godzilla Vs. Biollante, and Godzilla X MechaGodzilla
  • Crowne Plaza O'Hare International, Rosemont, Illinois

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