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WHAT IS WONDERFEST?

A weekend of wonder in Louisville!

WonderFest is a weekend of hobby escape that’s held every Summer in Louisville, Kentucky USA!

Now in its 31st year, WonderFest features movie special effects guests, the largest model contest in the U.S. for sci-fi, horror & comics-related subjects, model and toy dealers galore, and seminars to entertain and improve hobbyists of all ages!

It’s always held at our mothership, the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Hotel, 830 Phillips Lane, Louisville, KY 40209.

MEET THE 2020 GUESTS

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MISTY ROSAS

MISTY ROSAS

Suit Performer: The Mandalorian, Actress, Stunts, Motion Capture, Singer, Songwriter

ALEC GILLIS

ALEC GILLIS

Special FX & Creature Design, Alien 3, Starship Troopers, Jurassic World, Tremors

PLAN YOUR WEEKEND

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Tickets

Sold at the door only.
Adults: $30 for 1-day, $45 for 2-days.
Ages 4 to 12: $10 for 1-day, $15 for 2-days
Age 3 and under free.
Ticket booth hours…

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Hotel & Restaurant

Special WonderFest room rates at the Crowne: $128 per night for up to 4 people! It’s convenient to stay in the show hotel with an award-winning restaurant
Reserve a room online…

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Louisville Attractions

Bring your family and take extra time to visit exciting tourism sites in and around Louisville. Go exploring the Bourbon Trails and more.
Fun in Louisville…

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THE AMAZING MODEL CONTEST

Greatest in the World for Imaginative Modelers!

The WonderFest “Amazing” Model Contest is focused on all types of science-fiction, horror and comics models. It’s the biggest contest of its type in America, and it’s fun to look at even if you don’t build models yourself!

The contest is sponsored by Amazing Figure Modeler magazine, which is providing a special $300 award for the Most Amazing Figure!

Entry Hours:  Saturday, May 30th, from 8 a.m. ’til Noon

  • $10.00 per first 2 models for adults, up to 8 additional entries free
  • $8.00 per first 2 models for teens, up to 8 add’l entries free (ages 13-19)
  • Free for ages 12 & under

With over 823 entries in 2019, it took up the entire ballroom and featured some of the best modeling we’ve ever seen.

MUST-SEE PROGRAMMING

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How-To Demos

All weekend! Learn techniques from other great modelers! Demos last from 30 minutes to an hour. Become a better modeler!
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Iron Modeler

Teams are given a “base model,” a big pile of parts, and 4 hours to build the craziest model with only what they’ve got. Best model & presentation wins!
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The Rondo Awards

5pm Saturday! Fandom’s only classic horror awards—decided by fans. Recognize the best in print, film, web, art, media, toys and models!
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Sunday Wrap Party

Sunday night at 7:30 celebrate the end of the show with exclusive programming! Optional a la carte food and cash bar.
More info…

HIGHLIGHTS FROM WONDERFEST 2018

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THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

They help make this event possible!

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WONDERFEST LATEST NEWS

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1 month ago

WonderFest USA

NEW GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT
WonderFest welcomes first-time guest and Academy Award™ winning special effects and creature designer Alec Gillis! Alec is the creature designer for the upcoming November 2020 GODZILLA VS. KONG movie!

Alec’s list of movie credits is extensive, and includes almost the entire ALIEN franchise, ENDER'S GAME, PREDATOR, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, IT, BATMAN V SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE, TREMORS and COCOON, just to name a few! In addition to making your favorite monsters, Alec wrote and directed HARBINGER DOWN, an all practical creature FX feature.

Alec, along with WF 2009 guest Tom Woodruff, Jr., co-founded the Creature FX studio Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. (ADI) in 1988. The duo received an Oscar™ for their work on DEATH BECOMES HER, as well as nominations for ALIEN 3 and STARSHIP TROOPERS.

Read more about Alec and WonderFest at https:/wonderfest.com/speaker/alec-gillis
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NEW GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT
WonderFest welcomes first-time guest and Academy Award™ winning special effects and creature designer Alec Gillis! Alec is the creature designer for the upcoming November 2020 GODZILLA VS. KONG movie!

Alec’s list of movie credits is extensive, and includes almost the entire ALIEN franchise, ENDERS GAME, PREDATOR, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, IT, BATMAN V SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE, TREMORS and COCOON, just to name a few! In addition to making your favorite monsters, Alec wrote and directed HARBINGER DOWN, an all practical creature FX feature. 

Alec, along with WF 2009 guest Tom Woodruff, Jr., co-founded the Creature FX studio Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. (ADI) in 1988. The duo received an Oscar™ for their work on DEATH BECOMES HER, as well as nominations for ALIEN 3 and STARSHIP TROOPERS. 

Read more about Alec and WonderFest at https:/wonderfest.com/speaker/alec-gillis

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Awesome!

Cool!

Matt Niehoff Brian Cunningham

Michael G Roland & Anthony Roland FYI

Ooo.... great guest.

Michelle Vincent

need him for JERSEY FEST!!!

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1 month ago

WonderFest USA

Watch this space tomorrow (Friday) for our second new guest announcement for WonderFest 2020! We had a fantastic reaction to our first 2020 guest announcement last Friday. There's more to come!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Pick me! Pick me!

Can it be time for Wonderfest 2020, now? 😛

2 months ago

WonderFest USA

FIRST GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT
“The Force is strong with Misty Rosas. I have spoken.” — Kuiil

Fans of the new Disney+ Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, will recognize that catchphrase of the popular new character, Kuiil, voiced by Nick Nolte. But the physical acting is all by the “performance artist in the suit,” MISTY ROSAS! She’s making her first convention appearance at WonderFest 2020, on May 30-31, in Louisville!

To say she’s a dynamic versatile performer is an understatement. Misty’s career has included acting, dancing, stunts, motion capture and suit performance work in blockbuster movies, television series, commercials, and the theater.

Read more about Misty and WonderFest at:
wonderfest.com/speaker/misty-rosas
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FIRST GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT
“The Force is strong with Misty Rosas. I have spoken.” — Kuiil

Fans of the new Disney+ Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, will recognize that catchphrase of the popular new character, Kuiil, voiced by Nick Nolte. But the physical acting is all by the “performance artist in the suit,” MISTY ROSAS! She’s making her first convention appearance at WonderFest 2020, on May 30-31, in Louisville!

To say she’s a dynamic versatile performer is an understatement. Misty’s career has included acting, dancing, stunts, motion capture and suit performance work in blockbuster movies, television series, commercials, and the theater.

Read more about Misty and WonderFest at:
https://wonderfest.com/speaker/misty-rosas

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I thought that was Warwick Davis

Vivian Hall-Despain who knew this was a woman

She sounds just like Nolte,lol

Arielle Kruger

Most excellent

This is the way. Thank you Wonderfest! I sadly missed last year but this one is set!

I already put in for my Vacation time at work!!!

Nice!!

Will this be released on dvd?

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2 months ago

WonderFest USA

Tomorrow (Friday) we're announcing our first guest for 2020. Watch this space! ... See MoreSee Less

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Tell me it is Erin McDonald! The only person I have seen explain time travel, gravity waves and warp speed in one hour!http://www.missionlogpodcast.com/another-one-with-dr-erin-…/

JOHN FECKING EAVES

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