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The Festival runs April 22-25, 2021 - Four Great Days in April! @worldfest #Worldfest #FilmFestival #Festival #Houston #Texas  


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. 

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 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.


9 Master Class lined up at The 52nd Annual WorldFest-Houston


Join Joe Leydon, professor and columnist as he moderates a conversation with three of our award winning film directors during WorldFest’s 52nd edition during opening weekend.

Kevin Sorbo, director, “Miracle in East Texas”, inspired by a true story of 2 con men, ‘Doc’ Boyd (Kevin Sorbo) and ‘Dad’ (John Ratzenberger) who work their way through Texas in the 1930’s evoking wildcatter days of Spindletop and beyond.

Richard Krevolin, directed World premier film ‘Attachments’ a story of an IT Nerd and a widowed grandmother (the inimitable Katherine Ross) who close several age gaps as they learn life lessons and computer protocol from each other.

Steve De Jarnatt, directed the film “Miracle Mile” a retrospective which was Joe Leydon’s Critic’s Choice for WorldFest’s 1992 Offical Selection Program. This benchmark film that took a tough unflinching look at what nuclear destruction truly meant to the common man. The film deals with the last 70 minutes of a young man’s life as he goes looking for his new love just as nuclear war is about to breakout.

The conversations will take place in the Water Fall “024” Lounge at The Westin Memorial City Hotel, 945 Gessner, Rd., Houston, TX 77024, April 6, 2:00 p.m. The films will be screened at Cinemark Memorial City, 310 Memorial Way, Houston TX 77024, check here for show times.

The opening film is WILLIAM directed by Tim Disney who will attend. WILLIAM is the story of 2 brilliant scientists who bring a Neanderthal baby named WILLIAM into the world and must deal with the consequences. Please check the schedule page for ticketing, trailers and times.

Come and see what the heart of the film industry is all about with this set of innovative and exciting topics such as Casting for Indie Films, SAG/AFTRA, noted Film Critic Nick Nicholson's take on the world of Independent film, Drones for Indie Filmmaking, NASA insiders tips for amazing footage for filmmakers, to our traditional Indie Directors’ Forum, Scriptwriters Hollywood Protocol plus much more. $300 for the Master Class Pass, included in the VIP Gold and VIP Platinum Passes.

WHEN: April 11th, 12th, and 13th at 10AM, 1PM & 3PM 
WHERE: The WorldFest HQ Hotel – The Westin Houston, Memorial City, 945 Gessner Road Houston, Texas 77024

Nick Nicholson
Nick NicholsonThursday, April 11th at 10:00 AM

Nick Nicholson national film critic will reveal the pitfalls that doom filmmakers to the Razzie list. In addition, the discussion will also cover what will make critics praise your projects instead. Member, Broadcast Film Critics Association, Broadcast Television Journalists Association, News 92, CNN Radio.

Nick Nicholson
Shawn WellingThursday, April 11th at 1:00 PM

DirectoMulti-award winner director, Shawn Welling shares exciting innovations for your next feature or short. Options on how to keep audiences engaged yet not distracted by using animals, macro shots, drones and clever perspectives to enhance a big budget without the cost. Don’t miss the live animals., drones and clever perspectives to enhance a film without the cost of a big budget. Don’t miss the live animal and innovative equipment.

Nick Nicholson
Norman Ray FittsThursday, April 11th at 3:00 PM

Norman Ray Fitts 25 year veteran with 6 published novels and more than 60 screenplay. He will discuss components of a screenplay; what they are, their nomenclature and how and when they're used. You will leave this session knowing exactly how to write an industry standard screenplay.

Nick Nicholson
Leigh MurrayFriday, April 12th at 10:00 AM

So go after a story that can get made. Leigh Murray, executive producer of feature and TV films, as well as an established writing consultant and actress, will discuss and show how committing to a goal and seeing the project's progress is the only way to realize your dream of getting your story or script up on the screen. You will come away with a renewed plan on new angles and strategies.

Nick Nicholson
Jon ScheideFriday, April 12th at 1:00 PM

Producer, Writer, and Director with 20+ years in the entertainment industry, Jon is based in Los Angeles, but has shot in 17 states including Texas and 11 countries. His career includes work in both feature film and TV, scripted, non-scripted plus digital content. Jon has personally overseen numerous projects from conception and development, through inancing into production, post and distribution.

Nick Nicholson
Moderated by Joe LeydonSaturday, April 13th at 10:00 AM

American Indie film director, screenwriter, producer and composer best known for his films Trust, Amateur, and Henry Fool, which are notable for deadpan humor and offbeat characters, provided a career launch for a number of actors, including Adrienne Shelly, Edie Falco, and Martin Donovan. Hartley frequently scores his own films using his pseudonym Ned Rifle, and his soundtracks regularly feature music by indie rock acts Yo La Tengo and PJ Harvey.

Nick Nicholson
John StreeterSaturday, April 13th at 1:00 PM

On Archival and historical footage ranging from the years of early Saturn missile program into the current International Space Station program and how to obtain NASA footage for use in your productions.

Moderated by Multi-Award WorldFest Remi winner, Jon Scheide
Saturday, April 13th at 3:00 PM

Ten feature film directors from the 2019 WorldFest Official Selection program will share their experiences on how they completed their award-winning film.



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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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