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56th WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival: April 25-30, 2023 -  @worldfest #Worldfest #FilmFestival #Festival #Houston #Texas  


You are cordially invited to be part of the upcoming 56th  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 56th 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 56 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.


56th WorldFest Houston get your kicks from Indie Flicks (April 25-30, 2023)

WorldFest is ready to kick into high gear! 


The 56th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival (April 25-30, 2023) will announce its 2023 film line-up on April 5th on their website at  Now celebrating ten years of amazing work by the creative team at López Negrete Communications, the premier Hispanic Ad Agency, WorldFest is delighted to announce that López Negrete was awarded a Best-in-Show ADDY for their work for the 2022 WorldFest campaign! Kudos to López Negrete for their well-deserved Award!

All screenings will be held at Cinemark Memorial City in SW Houston. Please check beginning on April 5th for trailers, times and ticketing.

WorldFest opens this year with Festival Resident Artist and longtime Alum, Director Shawn Welling with his new film, Mission from Outer Space. The film includes a very special star of the Silver Screen and Television, none other than Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man), who will be on hand opening night to help WorldFest really kick things off on the red carpet as The Bayou City Band plays popular show tunes! Way Out from China is our second Opening film starting at 7:30PM with Director Sophia Han & her lead Actress, Lin Zhao, planning to attend.

WorldFest’s 56th edition is a delicious cornucopia for true cineastes offering 8 World Premieres from 36 selected features; among them, 7 female directors hailing from such far flung places as Denmark, Nigeria and China. The annual Italian Panorama is slimmed down to a few shorts and two features (Italo Disco & Cinque Stanze) so we shall still say, “Allora prendi i popcorn e spegni le luci!”

WorldFest offers a great array of other foreign films such as Black Moon, Mexico, Clear Shadows, Portugal; The Great Man, India; Miró, Spain; The Namessime, France/Switzerland; Let the Party Begin, Israel; Black Stone, Greece; September Babies, Switzerland; She’s From Another Planet, S. Korea; Strangers, Nigeria; A Time for Summer, Poland;The Whirlpool, Slovenia as well as Snow White Dies at the End, Macedonia.

A very special film included in this year’s Documentary line-up is “Finding Purpose: The Brookwood Story” with ex-Houstonian Director Ariel Levy here to personally present an eye-opening video journey on the challenges that the Adult Disability Community is overcoming and the remarkable gifts that this unique and amazing group of humans has to give.  A really rare occasion is to celebrate Christmas in April and you can do so by coming to see the return of acclaimed director David Winning, a long-time festival favorite, who is bringing his 25th Hallmark film for a Special Courtesy Screening of Blake Shelton’s Executive Producing of Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas.

 Closing out this year’s line-up will be the World Premiere of When Houston Had the Blues which poignantly and musically depicts how Houston’s legacy of mega-talented Blues musicians struggled to make their way in the industry. Many directors will attend this year’s premieres at WorldFest and conduct “Question & Answer” sessions right after their screenings. Come on down and ask them just how they got the dog to kneel & bark on cue.

WorldFest Artistic and Program Director, Kathleen Haney, stated, “We are thrilled and delighted to present such an exceptional line-up of independently produced films!

Each year, we are amazed by what filmmakers create in spite of incumbent challenges. The caliber of Indie films just keeps getting better and better.”  Haney continued “Our work is so gratifying to witness the cycles of growth in filmmakers who begin with a script, progress to a short then culminate with a feature-length film coming on back to WorldFest through the years. We love to shine a light on their creative persistence and excellence.”

WorldFest will continue with its annual Short Film Showcase, a special review of 64 brand new shorts. This is the festival that gave top honors at the start of their careers to Spielberg, Lucas, The Coen Brothers, Ridley Scott, Robert Rodriguez, Randal Kleiser, Spike Lee, Agnieszka Holland, Ang Lee, Leslie Linka Glatter, John Lee Hancock, Oliver Stone, and David Lynch, among many others! Few other festivals have such a “discovery” track record. WorldFest is the third oldest film festival in North America and the oldest in the South.

WorldFest began in August 1961, as Cinema Arts, an International Film Society. It began screening independent, foreign & art films. It became an officially competitive International Film Festival seven years later, in April 1968, and has been in continuous operation since. It is one of the original three film festivals in North America, with San Francisco and New York as the first two events. Following WorldFest was Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, and Seattle. Now with more than 1,000 USA film festivals of various types, levels & quality, most  being simply non-competitive screening events! WorldFest is International, competitive and invites filmmakers worldwide.

The 56th annual WorldFest offers International Competition in; Features, Shorts, TV production, TV commercials, unproduced Screenplays & Teleplays, Experimental, Student, Documentary, Business & Industry, New Media, and Music Videos. WorldFest is the largest film & video competition in the world, in sheer number of actual category entries, with more than 4,100 category entries received in 2023. There are over 200 sub-categories for competition, allowing each film to compete in its own individual genre.

WorldFest-Houston is sponsored by Boxer Properties, the State of Texas, City of Houston, Space Center Houston, CINEMARK Theatres, Houston Yacht Club, The Hotel Marriott Westin at Memorial City, Memorial City Mall, Masterpiece Inl., López Negrete Communications, Action Limo, UOFF and Houston Arts Alliance (HAA).


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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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