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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. 

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 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.


World Fest Houston first awards announced: these dazzling stars will light up the silver screen









With the WorldFest-Houston juries just finalizing their Best of Actor/Actress nominations, the festival is proud to announce the nominees for the 2023 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 attending winners just prior to their Premiere Screening at the Cinemark Memorial City Theatres.  However, Best Actors need not be present to win.


See you at the movies!

- Team WorldFest





Best Actress Nominations


Frederikke Dahl Hansen

“There's No Place Like Home" Director Puk Grasten, Denmark


Abigail Breslin

“Miranda’s Victim” Director Michelle Danner, USA


Betsy Brandt

“The Grotto” Director Joanna Gleason, USA








Best Actor Nominations

Baek-Seo Bin

“She’s From Another Planet“ Director SangBeom KOO, Republic of Korea


Vijay Sethupathi

“The Great Man” (Maamanithan), Director Seenu Ramasamy, India


Aki Avni

“Let the Party Begin” Director Aki Avni, Israel








Best Supporting Actress


Michelle Krusiec,

“The Disappearance of Mrs. Wu” Director Anna Chi, USA


Ratidzo Mambo

“Cognitive” Director Evan Richards, USA


Merhawit Tsegay

“Thank You, Amelia Earhart” Director Al Mertens, USA








Best Supporting Actor

Josiah Overstreet

“Thank You, Amelia Earheart”, Director Al Mertens, USA


Jonathan del Arco,

“The Grotto” Director Joanna Gleason, USA


Adrian Pasdar

“The Disappearance of Mrs. Wu” Director Anna Chi, USA










Fenja Halse Gramkow

 as the young Leonora in 'There's No Place Like Home" Director Puk Grasten, Denmark


EmmaRain Welling

as Agent Moss in "Mission from Outer Space" Director Shawn Welling, USA


Delyla de Castro

as Samantha in "An Unlikely Angel" Director Durrel Nelson USA










Rodrigo Colorado

as Santiago in "Black Moon" (Luna Negra) Director Tonatiuh Garcia, Mexico


Daniel Bogunmbe

youngest Ade in "Strangers" Director Biodun Stephen, Nigeria 


Álvaro Requena

as the young Miro in "Miro" Director Oriol Ferrer, Portugal.








The complete 2023 WorldFest Winners' List will be posted on our website once the festival wraps. We will send out a Press Release with the top category winners on Monday, May 1st.


More info with trailers, schedule, and ticketing at:






Cinemark Memorial City, 310 Memorial City Wa


Dates: April 25th - April 30, 2023



$10 - $25




Screenings start at $10.00. Opening night is $20 or $25 for Film & Champagne after-Party. Festival Passes start at $150.












Delight in all the creative excellence showcased from around in world in this year's WorldFest 56. Find the full schedule along with credits and synopsis for each film screening this year. Out of 4,000 entries, we're bringing you the freshest take on indie shorts and features from all across the globe.

















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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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