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The Festival runs April 16-25, 2021 - Ten Great Days in April! @worldfest #Worldfest #FilmFestival #Festival #Houston #Texas  

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You are cordially invited to be part of the upcoming 54th  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.


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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. 

We remain committed to making the best decisions possible for the health and well-being of our attendees and will continue to take proactive measures to ensure public health during our Festival. We are in communication with the Houston & Texas Department of Public Health to follow recommended procedures as we proceed with Festival planning and are taking additional precautionary measures, including but not limited to increased health-related messaging, on-site sanitation resources for patrons, and fortified cleaning protocols at all venues.
Per the advice of health experts, we encourage everyone in our community to take protective measures which include regular hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if you are ill. For more resources and information on the local implications of COVID-19 and preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus we recommend visiting the Texas Public Health and the World Health Organization website.  

Thank you for being a part of our HIFF community and we look forward to seeing you at the Festival! Look out for an email soon to announce our Opening Night and mark your calendar for March 30 when the full program will be released. Should circumstances change, we will be in touch. If you have any immediate questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email attend@worldfest.org

 

Best wishes,
The HIFF Team

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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...
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