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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 30th 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 2019 GUESTS

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DAREN DOCHTERMAN

DAREN DOCHTERMAN

Concept Artist, Visual Effects, Art Direction

MARTIN BOWER

MARTIN BOWER

Movie & TV Model Maker

THOMAS KUNTZ

THOMAS KUNTZ

Sculptor, Automata Creator

PLAN YOUR WEEKEND

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Tickets

Buy your tickets at the door for one day or the whole weekend. Early Bird tickets get you into the dealer’s rooms 2 hours early!
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Hotel & Restaurant

Special WonderFest room rates in a fine hotel, with an award-winning restaurant. It’s so convenient to stay in the show hotel!
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Louisville Attractions

Bring your family and take extra time to visit exciting tourism sites in and around Louisville. Go exploring.
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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!

With 743 entries in 2017, it took up the entire ballroom and featured some of the best modeling we’ve ever seen.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE (TENTATIVE)

MAY 31 & JUNE 1-2, 2019

#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1Amazing Figure Modeler’s Model Boot Camp9A-5PTBA
2Badger / Black Heart Model Finishing Class9A-3PTBA
3TAG Team / Iwata Sci-Fi Modeling School9A-4PTBA
4Friday Night Welcome Party7P-9PMain Hallway
5Iwata Airbrush Party7P-10PMadison Room
6Friday Night Frights9P-11PTheater B
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1DEALER ROOMS OPEN10A-5PDealer A & B
2HOW-TO DEMOS11A-5PElliott, Franklin, Grant
3GUEST TALKS10A-4:30PTheaters A & B
4CONTEST ENTRIES8A-NoonCoronet
5CONTEST VIEWINGNoon-5PCoronet
6RONDO AWARDS5P-7PTheater A
7CHILLER CINEMA LIVE7P-11PTheater B
8Wicked WonderFest Hallway Cosplay Contest1PM-5PMMain Hallway
9RobotWorks at WonderFest9AM-5PMGrant Room
#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1DEALER ROOMS OPEN10A-5PDealer A & B
2HOW-TO DEMOS10A-2PElliott, Franklin, Grant
3CONTEST VIEWING10A-3PCoronet
4GUEST TALKS10A-3PTheaters A & B
5CONTEST AWARDS CEREMONY3P-4PTheater B
6ROBOTWORKS AT WONDERFEST 9AM-5PMGrant Room
7WONDERFEST WRAP PARTY7:30PTheater A

MUST-SEE PROGRAMMING

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How-To Demos

Learn techniques from other great modelers! Demos last from 30 minutes to an hour. Become a better modeler with these tips and tricks.
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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

Fandom’s only classic horror awards—decided by fans, for 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.
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HIGHLIGHTS FROM WONDERFEST 2016

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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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5 days ago

WonderFest USA

First details announced for Amazing Figure Modeler's Friday workshop at WonderFest 2019: ... See MoreSee Less

First details announced for Amazing Figure Modelers Friday workshop at WonderFest 2019:

 

Comment on Facebook

Jason Banks cool 😎

Matt Lowe

Britny Ylisaari - you said you wanted to do a class this year

Scott Van Waterschoot

May have to attend this one

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1 week ago

WonderFest USA

We're excited to announce a new guest: DAREN DOCHTERMAN!

His work is featured on HBO's acclaimed WESTWORLD Season 2, and recent Concept Designer credits include BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, PASSENGERS, and STAR TREK BEYOND.

Daren has been working in the motion picture industry as a concept designer and artist for nearly 30 years. He may be best known for his work as Visual Effects Supervisor for Robert Wise on the Director's Edition of STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE.

Read more about him on our Guests page: wonderfest.com/upcoming-show/guests/
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Were excited to announce a new guest: DAREN DOCHTERMAN!

His work is featured on HBOs acclaimed WESTWORLD Season 2, and recent Concept Designer credits include BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN  OF JUSTICE, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, PASSENGERS, and STAR TREK BEYOND.

Daren has been working in the motion picture industry as a concept designer and artist for nearly 30 years. He may be best known for his work as Visual Effects Supervisor for Robert Wise on the Directors Edition of STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE.

Read more about him on our Guests page: https://wonderfest.com/upcoming-show/guests/

 

Comment on Facebook

That's awesome!!! The guy is utterly amazingly talented!!! I've had the great pleasure of seeing a bunch of his work, as well as have a print of one of his VFX shots on my living room wall!!! And, Daren's a nice guy to boot!

Hope to meet you here, Daren!

4 weeks ago

WonderFest USA

You never know where your Wonderfest team will go to find great stuff for the show. Here COO Melinda Angstrom
searches for guest ideas. Come to the show and see what she came up with.😉
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You never know where your Wonderfest team will go to find great stuff for the show. Here COO Melinda Angstrom
searches for guest ideas. Come to the show and see what she came up with.😉

 

Comment on Facebook

I'm down in Antarctica searching for talent

Bruce the shark?

I hope it’s not SpongeBob....

Aquaman, hopefully.

Maybe next year we can get the Kraken.

Searching for David Hedison.

Getting chummy with aquatic wildlife I see.

Awesome, I did this off of Guadalupe Island.

"She's gonna need a bigger boat!"

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1 month ago

WonderFest USA

WonderFest announces our second guest for 2019: MARTIN BOWER!

Martin is one of the most accomplished British model makers working in film, television, and publishing. Over the past 40 years he has created more than 1,000 models—from spacecraft for films Like "ALIEN," "Flash Gordon," "SPACE 1999," "Blake's 7," and "Dr. Who," to cottages and castles for the giftware company "Lilliput Lane."

This is Martin Bower's first WonderFest appearance! Read more about him on our Guests page: wonderfest.com/upcoming-show/guests/
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WonderFest announces our second guest for 2019: MARTIN BOWER!

Martin is one of the most accomplished British model makers working in film, television, and publishing. Over the past 40 years he has created more than 1,000 models—from spacecraft for films Like ALIEN, Flash Gordon, SPACE 1999, Blakes 7, and Dr. Who, to cottages and castles for the giftware company Lilliput Lane.

This is Martin Bowers first WonderFest appearance! Read more about him on our Guests page: https://wonderfest.com/upcoming-show/guests/

 

Comment on Facebook

This is incredible! I've admired Mr. Brower😀😀 back as I can remember which is far since I'm 56 years old.

Chris Centracchio

WOOT!

Martins a great model maker and one I’m proud to know personally.. really fantastic news he’s going to be at WF

Wow, awesome

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1 month ago

WonderFest USA

Beast witches to all! See you in 211 days! ... See MoreSee Less

Beast witches to all! See you in 211 days!
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