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55th WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival: April  20-24th, 2022 - Four Great Days in April! @worldfest #Worldfest #FilmFestival #Festival #Houston #Texas  


You are cordially invited to be part of the upcoming 55th  Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival! The oldest Independent 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, Guillermo del Toro, 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 Cinemark Theatre 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 Cinemark Theatre 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 53rd WorldFest, and you will receive a complimentary $1,000 VIP Platinum Festival Pass! 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. 

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WorldFest was founded over 54 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 27 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.


This could be you at the 56th WorldFest-Houston!

The 56th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival is officially open for entries Aug 15th! WorldFest offers competition for Shorts, Documentaries, Feature Films, Music Videos, Experimental & Student Films on the Silver Screens of the wonderful Memorial City Cinemark Theatres, with hundreds of international filmmakers attending the 6-day International Film Festival!   Enter the festival that gave first honors to Steven Spielberg, George Lucas...

WorldFest 55 Closing Day 

    Dear Familia de Film,   Five fantastic days of film featuring friends flying in from all over! We are honored to present these up and coming indie filmmakers to our great city - YEE HAW! Today we load our attending filmmakers on a bus and take them to NASA to get a taste of what makes Houston so special. For our audiences, there's still lo...

VIDEO Film Finance and Festival Strategy Mastery Panel at WorldFest Houston

Sharing some important tips on how to work Cannes, understanding the festival circuit and the importance of Film Markets (Berlin, Cannes AFM...), disrupting the film financing with, understanding the fast success of your script produced empire... The video has three parts enjoy! Celebrating the success of the panel with some amazing steak !  ...

WorldFest 55 Day Four

Welcome to WorldFest Day Four! A dazzling delight of films awaits you from 1 PM to 9 PM, so put on your festival lounge wear, prepare for popcorn and feast your eyeballs on this amazing line up of films! Check out the full synopsis of each film playing below.   1 PM Films TOMORROW'S GAME (USA) Dir. Trevor Wilson & Jonathan Coria* Animated Family Shorts* SHALLOW WATER (USA) Dir. Mathew Robinson   3 PM Films SHAMBALA (Kyrgyzstan) Dir. Artykpai Suyundukov Documentary Sh...

VIDEO: Hunter Todd and Doval Bacall : two festival directors in conversation around the history of Worldfest Houston

During the 55th edition of the Festival, before the steak diner with the awards Winners.... All about discovering and celebrating the talents of tomorrow! ...

VIDEO: Worldfest Houston 55 ambiance at the Cinemark Multiplex

Festival founder Hunter Todd and family at he CINEMARK multiplex which has been hosting Worldfest Houston for a few years now: Mary Malloy, Katy Lea Todd with Bruno Chatelin!   ...

Welcome to WorldFest Day Three!

Katy Lea Todd welcomes the filmmakers at Cinemark multiplex This is the halfway point for our Mini-Fest but there's so much more to enjoy! From The Indie Filmmaker Panel at the Westin Memorial City Lounge at 1PM to great screenings at Cinemark Memorial City to The Festival Club at the Westin Bar - we hope you'll enjoy our offering on #WorldFest55 Day Three!   7PM Films PLAYING THE CREASE (USA) Dir. Jonathan Moch* Sci-Fi Shorts* TWO WOMEN OVER THE L...

Finance, Festival strategy, Films and Festivities at WorldFest-Houston Day 2

  Bruno Chatelin of is in from France to share with us Festival strategies and Finance Fun at the Westin Memorial City Lounge at 11 AM. Introducing panelists Doval Bacall (YOUR SCRIPT PRODUCED) and Jon Gosier (FILMHEDGE) Free and open to the public.   Dear Film Fans,   Welcome to WorldFest Day Two!    From a fascinating panel on Festival Finance with at the Westin Memorial City...

WorldFest-Houston Day One

  Dear Film Aficionados!    We're ready to strut down the red carpet with our wonderful opening night films! You'll see everything from blue jeans to ball gowns at this fiercely independent opening night event. Catch  If I Could Ride and Dark Night of The Scarecrow at Cinemark Memorial City and join us for a champagne toast at the Westin Memorial City immediately following the 7pm screenings.    See you at the movies! - Team WorldFest &...

Festival posters revealed for the 55th edition of Worldfest Houston

Poster art by Lopez Negrette. Bruno Chatelin proud member of the Advisory Board. THE HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ADVISORY BOARD: Lee Majors, Bob Boudreaux, Bruno Chatelin, Joanne King Herring, Dr. Ralph Dittman, JD Feigelson, Derrick Doba, Leigh Murray, Alex López Negrete. Disover this year catalog  in digital form. HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL STAFF: J. Hunter Todd, Chairman and Founder; Kathleen Haney, Artistic & Program Director; Elease Jenkins, Director o...

WorldFest Houston announces opening films

Opening Night is one week away for WorldFest55 (April 20 - 24, 2022) at Cinemark Memorial City! Do you have your look for the red carpet? We'll have Andy Wright and the Bayou City Band playing you in with their showtunes from 6 - 7 p.m.  Later around 7 enjoy IF I COULD RIDE (tickets here!) and DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW 2 as our official festival opening films.  Immediately following the films, join us at the Westin Memorial City for a champagne...

The 55th WorldFest-Houston Film Festival New Years Wishes: January 15, 2022 Late entry deadline with a discount

Wonderful WorldFest New Years Wishes for 2022! Happiest of New Years! We wish you a Very Bountiful 2022 New Year!   ​​​​​​​Just a final reminder from the 55th Annual WorldFest-Houston that our Final Entry Deadline is Saturday, Midnight, January 15th. The 'evil' Late Fee is Waived as a very special courtesy! Be part of the Wonderful WorldFest, the festival that gave First Honors to Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, David Lynch, the Coen Brother...

WorldFest-Houston Film Festival wishes you a Wonderful Christmas! January 15, 2022 Late Entry Deadline

      Howdy from Houston! Apologies for this very final reminder of our Main Entry Deadline!   We know you have a few other things on your mind!   January 15, 2022&nb...

EarlyBird Discount Deadline is Nov 15th for the 55th WorldFest 2022!

      This could be your film at the 55th WorldFest-Houston!   The 55th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival is now officially open for entries! WorldFest offers competition for Shorts, Documentaries, Feature Films, Music Videos, Experimental & Student Films on the Silver Screens of the wonderful Memorial City Cinemark Theatres, with over 1,000 international filmmakers attending the 5-day International Film Festival! Ea...

The 55th WorldFest-Houston is now Open for Entries!       

  Your film at the 55th WorldFest-Houston! August 15, 2021 Opening Date  November 15, 2021 Earlybird Entry Deadline December 15, 2021 Main Festival Entry Deadline January 15, 2022 Late Entry Deadline January 31, 2022 Final Brick Wall Deadline April 21, 2022 Notification Date April 27 – May 1, 2022 Event Date The 55th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival is now officially open for entries! WorldFest of...

WorldFest-Houston 54th announces Major Award Winners 

WorldFest-Houston Remi Awards WorldFest’s mission is to recognize and honor outstanding creative excellence in film & video, validate brilliant abilities and promote future filmmaking in Texas as well as enhance cultural tourism for Houston. There were more than 4,500 category entries in all film and video categories; only 12-15% of submitted entries placed for WorldFest Remi awards. The WorldFest Remi Award is named for the brilliant artist, Frederic Remington, who captured the Sp...

Happy winners in Houston honored with top Remi Awards

The teams of Zero Gravity and Finding Manny attended the screenings and received their REMI AWARDS (respectively Gold and Platinum) Proud of our BEST FOR FESTS   The team of finding Manny honored in Houston with The WorldFest - Houston Platinum Remi Award Hunter Todd (Festival founder) with Cindy Drukier and Jan Jekielek (producers)   ...

WorldFest 54 Catalog - Features Films  and shorts screening

The Houston International Film Festival is the third oldest film festival in North America, started in 1961, right after New York and San Francisco. It is the oldest Independent film festival in the world and we are fiercely independent! We value a “Good Story, Well Told” and want to share what we find with Houston. Our mission is to recognize and honor outstanding creative excellence in film, to validate brilliant abilities, to promote cultural tourism for Houston, to educ...

WorldFest Houston 54 Awards for best performances

Young Pleun Nijhuis's convincing and mature performance in "Hidden in the Spotlight" showed much potential and earned her the Remi award for BEST RISING STAR FEMALE at WorldFest 54! Young Erik Gyarmati's playful performance in "Cream (HAB)" was well beyond his years and earned him the Remi award for BEST RISING STAR MALE at WorldFest 54! The passionated performance of the late Mary Pat Gleason in "Saving Paradise" captivated us and earned her the wel...

WorldFest 54 Closing Day - Features Films  

Closing day of our WorldFest Mini-Fest! This whirlwind of cinematic excellence continues through the 9'o clock hour. We have our fearless filmmakers out on Galveston Bay sailing away in our Annual Consular Corps Regatta in partnership with the Houston Yacht Club. WorldFest is the only film festival in the world with its own sailboat race!    If you're not on the water, come join us for our amazing round of feature films to close out this unique year.    We'l...

WorldFest 54 Closing Day - Short Films   

WorldFest-Houston  FINAL SHORTS Our final slate of shorts includes another wonderful round of dramas, travel shorts to help us dream of future post-covid vacations to come,  sci-fi shorts to dream of different realities and horror shorts so we can master our fear!    Enjoy these cinematic samplings and we'll see you at the movies!    -TEAM WORLDFEST     SHORTS! SHORTS! SHORTS! ...

WorldFest-Houston 54 Day Three Features

 Highlights for Day Three!   Day three of WorldFest-Houston with friends flying in from all over! We have a wonderful selection of incredible indie films from such far away lands as Bulgaria (SHIBIL), Canada (BONE CAGE), Columbia/Mexico/USA  (OKLAHOMA  MON AMOUR), Germany (IT's GONNA  BE FINE), Japan (PEGASUS),  Macao (PATIO OF ILLUSION) and Mexico (LUCINDA URRUSTI. PAINTER). Join us for a marvelous slate of award-winning films tonight and all day tomor...

Winning Shorties at WorldFest Houston 54, Day 3

The team of finding Manny honored with Platinum Remi Award Hunter Todd (Festival founder) with Cindy Drukier and Jan Jekielek (producers) SHORTS! SHORTS! SHORTS!     Today we have a dazzling array of short subject films debuting on the silver screen with attending directors for each block. At WorldFest, we love our short film directors because so many amazing directors get their start with a brilliant short film. Come support these amazing filmmakers as they share their dreams...

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About WorldFest Houston

Haney Kathleen
(WorldFest-Houston Intl Film & Video Festival)

Kathleen Haney is the Artistic & Program Director of the  55th 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 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...
Fun, Fun Fun! Great Films, Great wine, wonderful food, super people! 


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