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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.


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...

WorldFest-Houston Day Two Highlights

Dear Film Fans!    Opening night was a delightful blur of ballgowns, flashing lights and dazzling debuts from Covid-cocoons. NARCO SUB (USA) fans were glowing with Director Shawn Welling, Producer Derek Potts and Actor Tom Vera in attendance. NARCO SUB was presented a Special Jury Remi Award for Action Adventure.       BEAUTIFUL LURE (Japan) opened our special focus on emerging Asian Cinema Panorama Asia directed by Hiroshi Akabane. Not only ...

WorldFest Houston launches with welcoming words from the President(s)

WORLDFEST- HOUSTON 2021 April 22, 2021 Welcome to WorldFest! As we emerge from the shadows of last year, we celebrate the 54th year of our film festival and reflect on the many lessons at hand realizing that our mission of spotlighting emerging cinematic talent is as important as ever. In this year of introspection, isolation and social unrest, these films and the stories they tell connect us globally and offer understanding. From our humble beginnings in Atlanta in 1961 as an Internation...

WorldFest-Houston 54 opened ! it's Day One at the oldest independent american film festival

  THE TEAM IS READY AND SHARED WITH US THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE OPENING NIGHT IN HOUSTON Dear friends: 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 Beautiful Lure (Japan) or Narco Sub (USA) and join us for a champagne toast at the Westin Memorial City immediately following the 7pm screenings at Cinemark Memor...

The 54th WorldFest-Houston Best Actor/Actress Nominees!   

BEST ACTOR NOMINATIONS. With the WorldFest-Houston juries just finalizing their Best of Actor/Actress nominations, the festival is proud to announce the nominees for the 2021 Remi Awards honoring the best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, and best supporting actress plus the Rising Star nominees. This year we have also added Best Actor and Best Actress Category for Panorama Asia. The Remi Awards will be presented to the attending winners just...

WorldFest 54 Opening Night is two weeks away!

Wonderful WorldFest Film Premiere Schedule! Opening Night is just two weeks away for WorldFest54 (April 22 - 25, 2021) at Cinemark Memorial City!   We’ll be premiering Houston’s hometown hero Shawn Welling’s exciting thriller NARCO SUB as our official festival opening. Japan's BEAUTIFUL LURE will be kicking off our Panorama Asia section. See below for film details and trailers. Join us after the movies at the HQ Westin Memorial City with your ticket for a glass o...

VIDEO Happy Days in Houston, ambiance at Worldfest Houston

The fantastic team behind each Worldfest Houston festival for quite some time!  Hunter Todd founded the festival in 1961 and has run each of the 53 editions so far, that makes him the only festival organizer in the world with such a vast experience in running festivals. Behind each great man you will always find a great woman: here both Kathleen and Katy Lea have proven essential to the success of the festival. Check our ambiance video : this is what the festival looks like (FUN) when t...

The 54th WorldFest-Houston in just 22 days! Happy Easter Holiday from the team

    We wanted to give you a progress report on WorldFest 54! We are running slightly behind due to the Covid19 pandemic! We hope to complete all jury sessions in the next ten days! Because of Covid19 restrictions, we have had to cut back the 54th WorldFest-Houston to just 3 1/2 days, but we are premiering 39 new Feature films and around 90 Intl shorts. Remarkably, actual entry totals were UP this year, despite Covid19! This did mean a greater burden on our Intl Juries, however....

Happiest of Holidays from Team WorldFest!

  Howdy from Houston! Our world has been affected like nothing else in our life's history! Many of our staff, including our Director - were hit by the Covid19!! All of us are fine now and adapting to "Pandemic Life"... we hope you and yours are all safe and well...   And our very warmest wishes to you and yours for a Wonderful Christmas, the Happiest of  Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, and a Wonderful, Peaceful & Prosperous New Year from all of us ...

The 54th WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival Call for Entries...

The 54th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival officially opened for entries August 15th!   November 15, 2020  Earlybird Entry Deadline I  December 15, 2020 Main Festival Entry Deadline I January 16, 2021 Late Entry Deadline I   January 31, 2021  I Final Brick Wall Deadline I April 16, 2021 Notification Date WorldFest Houston's blog I Website: I&nbs...

The 53rd 2020 WorldFest-Houston Major Remi Awards!

  Sarah Felberbaum as Betty Bottone, "None Like Us", (Nessuno Come Noi )       Best Actress WorldFest 2020   Grand Remi Winner “None Like Us” (Nessuno Come Noi) directed by Volfgango de Biasi, Italy In what would have been The 15th Annual Panorama Italia at this year’s WorldFest 53rd edition, None Like Us (Nessuno Come Noi) directed by Volfango de Biasi (who had been expected to attend) was awarded...

WorldFest grants a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Remi Award to Brian Dennehy

WorldFest is honored to grant a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Remi Award to Brian Dennehy for his long and talented career in motion pictures. In one of his final roles as Del, an aging Korean War Vet in Driveways (USA) directed by Andrew Ahn, he warmly depicts his unexpected friendship (at times gruff but still caring) with a lonely 8 year old boy, Cody, (Lucas Jaye, our own Rising Star Actor 2020), who moves in next door with his single Mom (Hong Chau). D...

The 53rd WorldFest-Houston Announces the BEST Actress/Actor FINAL JURY RESULTS...!

As we begin to move beyond the shadows of the dreadful virus, and although the 53rd WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival has been postponed ... we have carried on with the essential business of the film festival and overseen the adjudication of the Remi Awards from a wonderful slate of amazing films, scripts and excellent performances...! We "Salute and Congratulate" all of the contenders and we are now delighted to Announce the Final Results re...

COVID-19 update: The 53rd edition of WorldFest Houston will be postponed

Don't worry, friends... as long as humans have been around there has been a need for story telling. The show will go on and we will be back with more "good stories, well told." Now, y'all stay safe, ya hear!   Dear film creators and lovers, Friends, we really didn't want it to come to this. We kept quietly pressing on, putting the finishing touches on our program, watching amazing films and assembling the best 53rd WorldFest-Houston Inter...

53rd Houston International Festival is a go, despite COVID-19, the WUHAN VIRUS!

  Dear Friends, As we put the finishing touches on our exciting 53rd Houston International Festival program, we want to reach out to inform you of the steps we are taking in light of the evolving status of COVID-19. HIFF staff continue to monitor on a daily basis the developments and latest guidelines provided by local, national, and international authorities and at this time we are confident and comfortable in moving forward with the Festival, which will run April 17–26.  W...

Cultural Icon Launches Inaugural Mexican Focus at Worldfest Houston

ANNOUNCING PANORAMA MEXICO Photo Credit: Duyên Nguyen (Pete Garcia of the US-Mexican Chamber of Commerce; Kathleen Haney, Festival Program Director; Hunter Todd, Festival Founder and President; The Honorable Alicia Kerber, Mexican Consul; Fernando Fernandez Ramos of AeroMexico; Nuria Zuñiga Alaniz, Mexican Cultural Attaché; Adrian Flores, Aeromexico)     The 53rd Annual WorldFest-Houston international Film Festival held a launch party for their inaugural ...


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Kathleen Haney is the Artistic & Program Director of the  52th 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...
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