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WorldFest Houston


The Festival runs april 5 - 14, 2019


You are cordially invited to be part of the upcoming 52nd  Annual WorldFest-Houston! The oldest Indie 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, 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 AMC Theater 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 AMC 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 50th WorldFest. 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 52 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 25 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.


The 50th WorldFest Houston “ Best Actor Nominations” and more



Offering another tantalizing cornucopia of true Indie films, WorldFest’s 50th edition opened with a full house to applaud Rob Reiner, in attendance to receive his much deserved Career Achievement Award and present the WorldFest premiere of his most recent film, the impeccably crafted LBJ. 

WorldFest continues until Sunday, April 30th with 17 World Premieres from 87 independent features and an amazing contingent of 109 award-winning shorts. Special showcase of The Twelfth Annual Italian Panorama features Gianfranco Cabbidu’s, The Stuff of Dreams (4/28 at 7pm), a picaresque take on Shakespeare’s Tempest shot on the isle of Sardinia. Another Italian treat is Edoardo Leo’s What’s the Big Deal? (4/29 at 7pm) plus the World Premiere of Giovanni Galletta’s There is a World Outside (4/23 at 5pm).  The Third Annual Panorama China expands to 33 films to showcase its own strongly emerging market component. 

Among WorldFest’s enticing array of dramas & quirky comedies, there is the sardonic Ministry of Love from Croatia (4/28 at 7pm); Fate or Choice, an Eritrean love triangle (4/23 at 9pm); the Azerbaijani psychological drama, Inner City (4/26 at 9pm) plus The Black Prince (4/28 at 9pm), a keen depiction by director, Kavi Raz, of the last king of Punjab’s struggle against Queen Victoria’s British Empire. And as always, a few suspenseful thrillers providing festival audiences an amazing variety of cinematic treats. All screenings will be at The AMC Studio 30 on Dunvale, our longtime festival cinema partner. (2949 Dunvale, Houston, TX 77046).  Trailers, times and ticketing at

WorldFest’s signature event held on Closing Day is the Annual Regatta & Texas BBQ which is hosted by Houston Yacht Club, one of the oldest yacht clubs on the Gulf Coast, tickets available for purchase. And to wrap it all up, WorldFest closes with Tatara Samurai (4/30 at 7pm), the Official Closing Night film, an epic Japanese drama by one of Japan’s top directors, the prolific Yoshinari Nishikori. Tatara Samurai depicts the young blacksmith, Gosuke, as he tries to save his people from vicious raids as a Samurai but he finally realizes his true destiny.

WorldFest- Houston is proud to announce the nominees for the 2017 Remi Awards, honoring the best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, and best supporting actress and also the exciting new category; Rising Stars. The WorldFest Remi Awards will be presented at the Gala Awards Ceremony, April 29th 2017 at The Westchase Marriott Hotel (2900 Briarpark Drive).  

BEST ACTRESS nominees are: Delfin Bafort (You Go to my Head) Belgium, France & Germany; Mi Yang (Reset) China; Ai ai de las Alas (Area) The Philippines; Tracey Birdsall (Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter) USA; Tahmina Rafaella (Inner City) Azerbaijan.

BEST ACTOR nominees are: Shahab Hosseini (Gholam) UK; Luoyong Wang (Justice Forever) China; Edoardo Leo (What’s the Big Deal?) Italy; Marc Clotet (The Chess Player) Spain; Calvin Du (Special Encounter) China.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Olga Pakalovic (Ministry of Love) Croatia; Lotlot de Leon, (First Semester) The Philippines; Amanda Root (The Black Prince) UK/India, Sue Prado, (Area) The Philippines; Eva Kessler (You Are Everything) Germany.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR William Lee (The Legend of Ben Hall) Australia; Shawn Pyfrom (The Moleskin Diary) USA; Scott Patterson (Yellow Fever) UK; Sergio Rubini (The Stuff of Dreams) Italy; Firdovsi Atakişiyev (Inner City) Azerbaijan.

In the WorldFest Rising Stars Category, WorldFest jury members have made their considered deliberations for final nominees in Best Rising Female Stars: Hannah Victoria Stock (The Moleskin Diary) USA; Jessica McLeod (The Hollow Child) Canada and Aliyah Conley (I Am Still Here) USA. For Best Rising Male Stars the nominees are: Harrison Samuels (One Penny) USA; Jarrett Maier (The Things We’ve Seen) USA and Presley Massara (The Pineville Heist) Canada.

WorldFest continues with its annual Short Film Showcase, a special review of 109 new short and student films from the festival that gave first top honors to Spielberg, Lucas, Ridley Scott, Robert Rodriguez, Randal Kleiser, Spike Lee, Gavin Hood, John Lee Hancock, Michael Cimino, Steven Poster and from their debut features The Coen Brothers, Oliver Stone, Ang Lee, Atom Egoyan, Jonathan Demme and David Lynch, among many others! Few other festivals have such a “discovery” track record! 

WorldFest began in August 1961, as an International Film Society, screening Independent, Foreign & Art films. In April 1968 seven years later, it became an officially competitive International Film Festival, and has been in continuous operation ever since. It is one of the original three film festivals in North America, with San Francisco and New York as the first two. Following WorldFest was Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, and Seattle. Then Telluride, Sundance, Toronto, SXSW and more recently, Tribeca.

The 50th 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 4,300 category entries received in 2017. There are over 200 sub-categories for competition, allowing each film to compete in its own genre.


WorldFest-Houston is sponsored by Action Limo, Arcodoro, Celebrity Cruises, The City of Houston,  AMC Theaters Entertainment,  Boxer Properties, The Houston Yacht Club, The Texas Film Commission, The Westchase Marriott Hotel, Avis/Budget, Lopez Negrete Communications, Masterpiece International & The Houston Arts Alliance (HAA).                


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About WorldFest Houston

Haney Kathleen
(The 45th Annual WorldFest-Houston Intl Film & Video Festival)

Kathleen Haney is the Artistic & Program Director of the upcoming 45th 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 the 45th Annual 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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