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WorldFest Houston

The Festival runs April 17-26, 2020 - Ten Great Days in April! @worldfest #Worldfest #FilmFestival #Festival #Houston #Texas  


You are cordially invited to be part of the upcoming 53rd  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. 
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 53 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.


52nd Annual WorldFest-Houston: 170 Films in 10 days

A few fantastic winners are expected to walk The Houston WorlFestred carpet and the Grand Gala Black Tie Ceremony! See you there in 2 weeks from now.


Dare to let your inner film buff roam free with 10 days of brand new Indie films, Seminars, Awards Ceremonies and more…much more! At the  52nd Annual WorldFest-Houston taking place at Cinemark 16 in Memorial City from Friday April 5th through Sunday, April 14th, 2019,

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Since 1961, WorldFest-Houston has celebrated creative excellence in the emerging cinema of Independent filmmakers from around the world. Now embarking on their 52nd year, this is the festival of “Discovery.” WorldFest showcases new cinematic talents for the public to enjoy. There is also a slate of 9 film industry seminars and opportunities for filmmakers to network. More than 1,000 International filmmakers from over 54 countries are expected to attend the film festival’s 10 days of festivities.

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Over the course of its rich 52nd year history, WorldFest has awarded top honors to many industry greats before they were famous, , including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, the Coen Brothers, Ridley Scott, Randal Kleiser, Gavin Hood, John Lee Hancock, Michael Cimino, Brian de Palma, Oliver Stone, Ang Lee, Atom Egoyan, David Lynch and more.

Featuring the Panorama Italia, now in its 14th Annual edition, WorldFest proudly presents five brilliant Italian filmmakers to showcase their brand new films with an array of topics to choose from, Documentaries, Comedies, Drama and operatic Il Volo (cameo appearances by Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto & Gianluca Ginoble). Highlights of the new and emerging cinema from Italy include such titles as Bob and Marys, Lucania, Resina, Children of the Great War, Beautiful Things, and Un Amore Cosi Grande. Also not to be missed is WorldFest’s Fifth Annual “Focus on China” which surveys modern Chinese cinema from Independent and major studio films plus a few Retrospectives, too!

WorldFest also continues its annual Short Film Showcase with a review of 120 award-winning short films from around the world shown as matinees on both weekends with many of the filmmakers in attendance.

Nine feature films at WorldFest this year are World Premieres and will feature nearly all directors on hand to do Question and Answer sessions directly after their screening at the festival. In fact, more than 89% of the film premieres at WorldFest will have their filmmakers on hand to personally present their creative projects… So you have the unique opportunity to ask the filmmakers specifically how they were able to get the dog to do such an amazing acting job on cue… (Not to mention their favorite human actors…)!!


Cinemark Memorial City, 310 Memorial City Way, is WorldFest’s new home. Cinemark’s new leather lounge seating, 4k projectors, and enhanced sound systems provide our audiences a thrilling experience in viewing these brand new films and meeting and interacting with the filmmakers.

As for other festivities, the Houston Westin Memorial City Hotel serves as the venue for the April 13th Award Ceremony as well as Nine film industry Seminars.

The Houston Yacht Club will host a regatta and Texas Barbecue to close the festival on April 14th. All screening and festival events are open to the general public. WorldFest is sponsored by Action Limo, Houston Arts Alliance, Boxer Property, Cinemark Theatres, City of Houston, Memorial City Mall & Texas Film Commission. Check our website for further info TICKET OPTIONS

Tickets to the Opening Night Premiere are $20 for Film only or $40 for film premiere and admission to the Champagne after party.

Ticket prices start at $7.50 for matinee screenings (1pm, 3pm & 5pm) ; $12.50 for all evening screenings; $100 for a VIP Film Buff Pass which is good for any 11 admission (minus Opening Night); $200 for a VIP Silver Screen Pass which includes all screenings (& Opening Night); $500 for a VIP Gold Pass to all shows and the 9 Master/Class Seminars, and $1000 for a VIP Platinum Pass which includes every single film premiere, all 9 seminars and receptions for entire festival calendar.

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  • Dates: Friday, April 5th through Sunday, April 14th, 2019
  • Times: Times vary daily for events and individual films. Click here for a complete list of events, show times and dates
  • Location: Screenings at Cinemark Memorial City, 310 Memorial City Way,   Houston, TX. 77042 All          other events at The Westin Memorial City. Regatta at the Houston Yacht Club, Shore Acres, TX.
  • Parking: At theatre, parking is free. At Westin, there is a minimal parking charge.
  • Admission: Tickets to the Opening Night Premiere are $20 for film premiere; $40 for Film and After-Party at Westin Hotel.

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About WorldFest Houston

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

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...
Fun, Fun Fun! Great Films, Great wine, wonderful food, super people! 


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