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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.


The 52nd WorldFest-Houston Mid-Fest Recap Best Actor/Actress Nominees!

Mid-stride at WorldFest-Houston with Day Five, Tuesday, April 10 the exciting film line-up continues to unspool! This year is another great cornucopia for true film buffs offering several compelling World Premieres from over 70 Indie features; the Fourteenth Annual Italian Panorama with a comedic flair and great diversity; a fine contingency of films from India, South Africa, The Philippines; and much more! Now posted on the WorldFest-Houston website ( designed by Lopez Negrete are trailers, times, and ticketing. WorldFest-Houston extends through Saturday, April 14, and all screenings will be at the Memorial City Cinemark (310 Memorial Way).


The first half of the fest was jam-packed with everything you want in a film festival: fabulous parties, incredible films, and celebrity sightings. The festival kicked-off with Tim Disney in attendance for the world premiere of William, which was well-received by audience members. Bruno Chatelin, Head of jetted in from Paris bringing his bubbly élan and his camera of course! Eric Roberts supported his film Lone Star Deception (produced by Houstonian Ed DeZevallos) and received a WorldFest-Houston Lifetime achievement award for excellence in film. Billy Zane’s flight was rerouted to Austin due to the Sunday storm, so he drove in for the WorldFest premiere of Finding Harmony. American film critic Joe Leydon hosted a special pop-up seminar that featured a conversation with Kevin Sorbo (Director of Miracle in East Texas), Steve De Jarnatt (Director of Miracle Mile), and Richard Krevolin (Director of Attachments).


WorldFest still has lots of fun planned for the final five days of the film festival. Bob and Marys, an Italian comedy directed by Francesco Prisco, will be shown at a special screening at the Italian Cultural and Community Center with director in attendance on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7pm along with its original screening at Cinemark April 10, 2019 at 7pm. She is the Ocean (directed by Inna Blokhina) is a brilliant documentary that features some amazing women and their love of the sea including Ocean Ramsey, the spellcaster of sharks, Anna Bader, the 6-time European champion in cliff diving, and Keala Kennelly, who spent half of her life in the top 5 best female surfers in the world. The festival is also thrilled to be screening The River Within (directed by Ivan Botha; a South African adventure trekking the rapids), Underneath the Same Moon (directed by Bob Wasson; a search for second chance at love) and the sci-fi winner at FantaSport, Wen Ren’s The Last Sunrise, which has already seen much festival acclaim. And don’t forget to check out the China program with some great directors here too!


Directors are attending 89% of films at WorldFest and will be available to talk to you about their films.

With the WorldFest-Houston juries just finalizing their Best Actor/Actress deliberations, the festival is proud to announce the nominees for the 2019 Remi Awards honoring the best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, and best supporting actress plus the Rising Star nominees. The Remi Awards will be presented to the winners at our Awards Ceremony, April 13, 2019 at The Westin Memorial City Hotel (945 Gessner Road).



Best Actress Nominees

Laura Morante, Italy (Bob & Marys)

Jennifer Dale, Canada (Into Invisible Light)

Sara Ball, USA (Underneath the Same Moon)

Lynn Mancinelli, USA (The Price for Silence)

Holliday Grainger, UK, (Tell it to the Bees)


Best Actor Nominees

Eddie Garcia The Philippines (Rainbow’s Sunset)

Justin Berti, USA (Frontera)

Raymond Bagatsing, The Philippines (Quezon’s Game)

Joseph Wycoff, New Zealand, (No Turning Back)

Sanjar Madi, Kazahkstan (Paris Song)


Best Supporting Actress Nominees

Aparna Brielle, USA (ism)

Linda Bradshaw, USA (Nana’s Secret Recipe)

Jasneet Kooner, India (The Pickup Artist)

Snow, Li Zhixue, China (Gathering)

Angela Fontana, Italy (Lucania)


Best Supporting Actor Nominees

Cameron Defaria, USA (ism)

Armand Aucamp, S. Africa, (The River Within)

Darrin Henson, USA (The Last Astronaut)

Matt Bush, USA (The Wake of Light)

Mike Starr, USA (Offstage Elements)


Rising Star Nominees

Male: Gregor Selkirk, UK (Tell it to the Bees),

Zishan Rong, China (Dawning), Kenken Nuyad, The Philippines (School Service)

Female: Tayler Buck USA, (Princess of the Row), Autumn Patterson, USA (Another Day in Paradise), Madeline Paige Patterson, USA (Another Day in Paradise)



Master/Class Sessions


Also of note is our Master Class/ Seminar schedule (all seminars at The Westin Hotel 945 Gessner Rd. Houston, TX 77024 --- open to public and tickets starting at $50 per seminar)

Thursday, April 11th  

9:00 AM “A Career in Filmmaking 101” Erik Calderon, owner of FLMC Films (this seminar is free with student ID)

10:00 AM – “So You Want to Make a Movie?” Nick Nicholson national film critic

1:00 PM - “Cut to the Dog” Multi-award winner director, Shawn Welling

3:00 PM - “The Dos, The Don’ts and the Better Nots of writing a Screenplay” Norman Ray Fitts, a 25-year veteran with 2 published novels and more than 60 screenplays


Friday, April 12th

9:00 AM – “Living and Working as a Filmmaker” Jenny Waldo, filmmaker and instructor at Houston Community College (this seminar is free with student ID)

10:00 AM - “It’s a Marathon, not a Sprint…” Leigh Murray, executive producer of features and TV films

1:00 PM - “Producing in the Trenches ~Tips and Tricks for Indie Film Producers” Jon C. Scheide - Producer, Writer, and Director with 20+ years in the entertainment industry

3:00 PM - “How to Create a Successful and Award Winning Film Festival Strategy” - Dr. Rebekah Louisa Smith of The Film Festival Doctor


Saturday, April 13th

10:00 AM - “Conversation with Hal Hartley”, moderated by Joe Leydon

1:00 PM - “Conversation with NASA Houston Cinematographer John Streeter”

3:00 PM Indie Filmmakers Forum Moderated by Multi-Award WorldFest Remi winner, Jon Scheide. Ten feature film directors from the 2019 WorldFest Official Selection program will share their experiences on how they completed their award-winning film.


More info with trailers, schedule, and ticketing at:



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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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