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WorldFest Houston


You are cordially invited to be part of the upcoming 50th Annual WorldFest-Houston! The oldest Indie Film Festival in the whole wide world! WorldFest gave first awards to giants of the film industry, including Spielberg, Lucas, Ang Lee, the Coen Brothers, Ridely Scott, John Lee Hancock, Randal Kleiser, Oliver Stone, David Lynch and literally hundreds more! We are happy to accept Online FilmFreeway Screeners! We have Big LG 110" Digital Screens for our juries! Not little laptops. Since we show our Remi Winners on big AMC Theater screens, it seems right that we look at your production on a big flat screen! We do also accept DVD, BLURAY or USB FLASH/PEN/JUMP DRIVE for juding and for Theater Screening. Region Zero, please! (If you win a Remi, you may be screened on big AMC 60-foot screens to 600+ theater audience!! So we need a BluRay or Jump Drive for the DCP screening! Large juries view your entry on a big digital screen, not a little laptop! {Screenplay entries must be bound}! We will personally confirm your entry's arrival. We will personally let you know the jury results, and if you win a Remi Award, we will invite you to attend the 50th WorldFest. We do prefer Premieres! We discovered Spielberg, Lucas, Ang Lee, The Coen Brothers, Coppola and David Lynch, with their Premieres - those many new festivals did not! Therefore WorldFest requires a Premiere of some level, World, USA, South West! If your entry if it has been all over, we reserve those screening slots for true Premieres, but you could still win a Remi Award. 
Script Winners receive an InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you. 
InkTip helps writers sell their scripts and get representation. Producers have made more than 200 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.

WorldFest was founded over 50 years ago as Cinema Arts, an International Film Society in August, 1961. WorldFest became the third competitive international film festival in North America, following San Francisco and New York. WorldFest is the oldest Independent Film & Video Festival in the World. It evolved into a competitive International Film Festival in April, 1968. It was founded by award-winning producer/director Hunter Todd to present a quality film festival for the Independent filmmakers. Hunter Todd has been honored with more than 115 international awards for creative excellence in film production, and he has been the producer, director, writer and/or cameraman on more than 300 motion picture and video productions. He has served as the member of the International Jury on more than 25 world-wide film festivals, from Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Croatia, Korea, Ireland and Bulgaria. The mission/vision statement of WorldFest is ~ To recognize and honor outstanding creative excellence in film & video, to validate brilliant abilities and to promote cultural tourism for Houston, to develop film production in the region and to add to the rich cultural fabric of the city of Houston. All members of the WorldFest staff are filmmakers.


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Roger Corman's tribute to Hunter Todd 50th festival edition

Something exceptionnal in the world of festivals happened in Houston Texas where Hunter Todd wrapped his 50th edition of the festival. He is by far the longest running festival Director in the World. (Worth a guiness book entry as well as a few toats of champagne, which we all had with him) 50 years celebrating the best in indie filmmaking descovering screen legends and icon directors such as Lucas Spielberg, Ang Lee and many others. He received vibrant homages and applause and family emotion...

WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival Wraps 50th Season ~ Where Indie Films Take Off…!

    The Unwilling producer Gianluca Bertone on Stage picking up his prize            WorldFest-Houston, the third longest-running International Film Festival in North America, celebrated the conclusion of its 10-day run of film, fun and fanfare in its 50th annual independent film showcase with a 9% increase in box-office!  With Rob Reiner on hand to kick off the festival with his brilliant new film, LBJ, WorldFest got off to an awesome star...

Worldfest Final Day with a visit to Nasa, and regatta followed by a BarbQ in the warm sun of Texas

Dmitri de Clerck winner with You go to my Head enjoying his Houston time at the Yacht Club! ...

Exquisite diner with great food and a bonanza of Prizes

The Unwilling by Jonathan Heap, with a happy Gianluca Bertone and Myriad Global Media CL Cobb wirth 20 Awards to bring home. ...

WorldFest Houston Closing ceremony

800 guests at the Gala ceremony hosted by festival founder Hunter Todd celebrating the 50th edition of the Festival, the oldest independent festival in North America ...

Panorama China brings a very big group of new talent and film from China into North America

Hunter Todd Festival Founder quoted this as the most important presentation of Chinese films in the world of festivals, some 33 features with many world premieres....  The Panorama China Official Closing Night Film was SPECIAL ENCOUNTER, directed by Hwang Mi-Na - a Dalian Wanda Group Production.   ...

The 50th WorldFest Houston “ Best Actor Nominations” and more

  Offering another tantalizing cornucopia of true Indie films, WorldFest’s 50th edition opened with a full house to applaud Rob Reiner, in attendance to receive his much deserved Career Achievement Award and present the WorldFest premiere of his most recent film, the impeccably crafted LBJ.  WorldFest continues until Sunday, April 30th with 17 World Premieres from 87 independent features and an amazing contingent of 109 award-winning shorts. Special showcase of The Twelfth An...

Panels and Workshops at 50th WorldFest Houston

MAKING A MOVIE WITH THE WRITE STUFF! Nick Nicholson Thursday, April 27th at 10:00 AM   National film critic Nick Nicholson will reveal the seemingly ever-elusive list of things to do and not to do in your film projects on topics of writing, directing, producing, distribution and all in between. Member, Broadcast Film Critics Assn., Broadcast TV Journalist Assn., SAG-AFTRA, HCC-TV & CNN Radio & Co-founder of Houston Film Critics Society. CUT TO ...

The 50th WorldFest is in full gear. Filmfestivals.com on its way to Houston to cover!

   WorldFest was founded over 50 years ago as an International Film Society in August, 1961. WorldFest became the third competitive international film festival in North America, following San Francisco and New York. WorldFest is the oldest Independent Film & Video Festival in the World. It evolved into a competitive International Film Festival in April, 1968. It was founded by award-winning producer/director Hunter Todd to present a quality film festival for the Indepen...

Last week to submit to WorldFest 50th

You are cordially invited to be part of the upcoming 50th Annual WorldFest-Houston! Last week to submit (JANUARY 15TH LATE ENTRY DEADLINE) The oldest Indie Film Festival in the whole wide world! WorldFest gave first awards to giants of the film industry, including Spielberg, Lucas, Ang Lee, the Coen Brothers, Ridely Scott, John Lee Hancock, Randal Kleiser, Oliver Stone, David Lynch and literally hundreds more! We are happy to accept Online FilmFreeway Screeners! We have Big LG 110&...

Remi Winners of the 49th WorldFest!

More than 4,500 Intl Entries from 74 Nations!   WorldFest-Houston Intl. Festival Wraps 49th Season  “Small Budgets ~ Giant Leaps!”   WorldFest-Houston, the third longest-running International Film Festival in North America, and the Oldest Independent Film Festival in the world, celebrated the conclusion of its 10-day run of film, fun and fanfare in its 49th annual independent film showcase with a 9% increase in box-office. WorldFest opened this year’s ed...

China Panorama Section Awards Closing Gala with Lifetime achievment to Lisa Lu

Panorama China Chairman Ray Jiang Ambassador Award to Wang Zhifei Lifetime achievment to Lisa Lu Bruno Chatelin likes the twins! ...

Awards Gala Ceremony at 49th WorldFest Houston

Hunter Todd and Kathleen Haney Check below the long list of winners (each category has 3 awards) Hunter Todd did a terrific job at announcing them all with a cavalry pace. I missed my spot when going onstage to receive the Gold Remy Award for best Romance for Get Happy, beeing not fast enough, the award was gone. (Do you think you look stupid if you walk onstage ...and quickly away without the coveted award :-) because it had already disapeared?) Thank god a few glasses of champagne dilut...

Script to Screen - character and story development - The Big picture

A full house listened eagerly to a gifted and comedic talent Casey Kelley,  25 year veteran of the WCA screenwriter with sales to NBC, ABC, CBS, Disney,LifetimePBS, Paramount Columbia and Universal. An AFI Directing for Women grant recipient and Remi Award for The Other Woman, Kelly teaches scriptwriting at numerous venues and at university. Sharing her expertise on scriptwriting and character development with excitement and generousity Kelly shared anecdotes stemming from her standout car...

Full line up of films at Houston WorldFest

THE ANNUAL WORLDFEST SCHEDULE 4.8.2016 @ 8:00 PM Title   Type   Theater LAST MAN CLUB   Feature   B/17   Buy Now   Trailer Opening Night Premiere and Champagne Reception   Feature   A/23   Buy Now ...

Panels and workshops at 49th WorldFest Houston

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MASTER CLASSES SEMINAR SCHEDULE Come and see what the heart of the film industry is all about with this set of innovative and exciting topics such as Casting for Indie Films, SAG/AFTRA, noted Film Critic Nick Nicholson’s take the world of film, Drones for Indie Filmmaking, All about DCP, NASA insiders tips for amazing footage for filmmakers, to our traditional Indie Directors’ Forum, Scriptwriters Hollywood Protocol plus much more. WHEN: April 14th, 15th, 16th at 10AM...

The 49th WORLDFEST ~ “ Best Actor Nominations”

  Offering another tantalizing cornucopia of true Indie films, WorldFest 49 continues 4 more days until Sunday, April 17th with a number of World Premieres from 78 Indie features and a large contingent of award winning shorts (106). An amazing Second Annual Panorama China has blossomed into an offering of 20+ Indie films from China with most directors and producers in attendance. Another special showcase is The Eleventh Annual Italian Panorama featuring 2 World Premieres  and their ...

20 Chinese films head to Houston Worldfest

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    Hunter Todd (second from left), CEO and founder of WorldFest Houston, introduces the upcoming Panorama China program on Feb 19 in Houston along with China’s Consul of Culture Yang Song (right), Panorama China Chairman Ray Jiang (left) and WorldFest Director Kathleen Haney. May Zhou / China Daily Panorama China will make up part of the 49th WorldFest Houston – the international independent film festival where famous directors such as Ang Lee, the ...

The 49th WorldFest is 49 Days Away!

Ten Great Days in April! From the 8th through the 17th, more than 200 New Indies Films from 33 Countries, including 20 Premieres in our new Panorama China! Our new Website, designed by the brilliant creative team at Lopez Negrete Communications goes live in early March! We will be posting film Titles, and Showtimes! You will be able to purchase single tickets and VIP Series Passes Online and we will begin to notify Remi Winners in Mid-March. The Texas Bluebonnets will bloom then!  &...

49th WorldFest Houston opens call for entries

ENTRY INFORMATION Online Entry Form Download Entry Form Categories Entry Payments FAQ How to make award winning entries ...

WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival ~ Wraps 48th Season ~

    “We See Films Differently!”  WorldFest-Houston, the third longest-running International Film Festival in North America, and the Oldest Independent Film Festival in the world, celebrated the conclusion of its 10-day run of film, fun and fanfare in its 48th annual independent film showcase with a 9% increase in box-office despite the torrential downpours!  WorldFest opened this year’s edition with record turnouts fo...

The 48th Annual WorldFest – Houston International Film Festival honours Sean Young

THE 48TH ANNUAL WORLDFEST-HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TO HONOR SEAN YOUNG WITH THE REMI CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD OPENING NIGHT OF THE FESTIVAL, APRIL 10, 2015     The 48th Annual WorldFest – Houston International Film Festival, which takes place from April 10th through April 19th 2015, will honor Sean Young with the Remi Career Achievement Award at the April 10 screening ...

Houston Worldfest April 10-19, 2015 calling all filmmakers

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The MAIN ENTRY DEADLINE is January 15th, 2015 Enter Online or Postmarked by JAN 15th, entry to reach us by JAN 31! Special Deal for filmfestivals.com readers - Late Fee is fully waived for all filmfestivals.com readers!  The 48th Annual WorldFest-Houston - April 10-19, 2015 Ten Great Days in April! “FORGET SUNDANCE! …WorldFest is one of the best conceived festival productions on the planet!” ~ Craig Outhier, film critic, Phoenix press; Tem...

Last few days to submit to Worldfest Houston

Wonderful Christmas! Wishing you and yours... every happiness this Holiday Season and bountiful prosperity in the New Year. We know that this is a very busy time of the year, but we just wanted to remind you of the 48th Annual WorldFest-Houston Entry Deadline. Entered Online by Monday, December 15th. Mailed to reach us by Dec. 31. If you enter only one competition this year, make it WorldFest! Fiercely Independent! Our warmest Christmas & Ho...

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About WorldFest Houston

Haney Kathleen
(The 45th Annual WorldFest-Houston Intl Film & Video Festival)

Kathleen Haney is the Artistic & Program Director of the upcoming 45th Annual WorldFest-Houston. She has been associated with WorldFest since 1983 and has been the Program Director since 1998. She was born in Mexico City, speaks Spanish, English and French and graduated from the Univ. of Houston in 1979 cum laudi.
She has served on several international juries and also directs the WorldFest Screenplay Competition.

Hunter Todd is the Chairman & Founding Director of the 45th Annual WorldFest-Houston. A former filmmaker, he produced, directed and shot more than 300 films of all types - from features to TV Commercials, and was awarded 117 Intl Awards. He is a retired USCG/Merchant Marine Captain and still sails as much as possible, including the annual HYC Regatta at WorldFest. Married with a 21 going-on-29 daughter who is attending Mary Baldwin College in Virginia. He has served on the Intl juries of more than 25 festivals, most recently was President of the Intl Jury of the Concorto Intl Film Festival in Italy and The Golden Bell TV Festival in Seoul, Korea...
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