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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.


WorldFest 55 Closing Day 

Dear Familia de Film,
Five fantastic days of film featuring friends flying in from all over! We are honored to present these up and coming indie filmmakers to our great city - YEE HAW! Today we load our attending filmmakers on a bus and take them to NASA to get a taste of what makes Houston so special. For our audiences, there's still lots to see! Come on out to Cinemark Memorial City to celebrate creative excellence with us in our final offering of #WorldFest55. Full film details below.
Roll 'em! 
11 AM Film
HARPER (USA) Dir. Kate Bohan (ENCORE)


1 PM Films

SORRY, I FORGIVE YOU (China) Xiaofeng Long

Family Shorts*



3 PM Films

A ZEBRA RIDING BOY (China) Xiaotian Fan & Chen Juzhi

Nature Shorts*

A SMALL FORTUNE (Canada) Adam Perry


5 PM Films

SOYLENT GREEN (Retrospective, USA) Richard Fleischer

Drama Shorts*



7 PM Films

Suspense / Thriller Shorts *

OLIVER AND THE POOL (Mexico) Acardi Palerm-Artis*


*Denotes filmmakers in attendance!


See you at the movies,

- Team WorldFest

SORRY, I FORGIVE YOU (China) Xiaofeng Long

 Apr 24, 2022 1:00 PM

The wedding ceremony of Xie Bing and her boyfriend Ning Zhiyuan is about to be held. Her birth mother returns to China to attend the wedding, but Xie Bing insists on admitting only Song Chunlian, her foster mother, as Mother at her wedding. Her decision makes the future mother-in-law Pan Ruxin and her own father Xie Xiaobo fall into troubles respectively. Accordingly, a lot of things happen. In the end, the sincerity of Xie Bing touches everyone and enables her foster mother Song Chunlian to be the official mother at the wedding as is wished. The birth mother and the little stepmother also put aside their prejudices and give her wedding instructions.
Enjoy an array of Family Shorts selected by the WorldFest Curation Team. 
April 24, 2022 1:00 PM
Cinemark Memorial City

Cocoon Love
Cranberry Chorus
Fleur de Sel
Frank & Emmet*
Orbital Christmas
Thoughts are Things*


Apr 24, 2022 1:00 PM - Cinemark Memorial City

Based on the 1920 novel "The Pitch That Killed", War on the Diamond follows the tragic story of Ray Chapman, Indians star shortstop, who died after he was hit by a pitch thrown by Yankees star pitcher Carl Mays.
A ZEBRA RIDING BOY (China) Xiaotian Fan & Chen Juzhi
Apr 24, 2022 3:00 PM - Cinemark Memorial City
A Zebra-Riding Boy is an exploration of the combination of literature and commerce. Also it is the first film of the impressionism-southern author films, based on Su Tong's novels Cavalryman and Paper.
Poor bowlegged teenager Zuo Lin has a little dream to ride a horse in the most prosperous place of the city: the sad wooden horse cavalry, the happy zebra cavalry, the bleak and sad iron cavalry, the brilliant paper cavalry all melt into one.
Enjoy an array of Nature Short Films selected by the WorldFest Curation Team.
Apr 24, 2022 3:00 PM - Cinemark Memorial City

12th Hour
A SMALL FORTUNE (Canada) Adam Perry
Apr 24, 2022 3:00 PM - Cinemark Memorial City
When a desperate man finds a bag of lost money off the shores of Prince Edward Island, his decision to keep it secret turns his quaint fishing village into a growing crime scene.
SOYLENT GREEN (Retrospective, USA) Richard Fleischer
Apr 24, 2022 5:00 PM - Cinemark Memorial City
A nightmarish futuristic fantasy about the controlling power of big corporations and an innocent cop who stumbles on the truth. Set in 2022 (!) Earth is overpopulated and totally polluted. When a top level member of the board of Soylent Industries is found dead, Detective Thorn (Charlton Heston) is assigned to the investigation, discovering not a burglary but an execution. Powerful men want to close the case, but Thorn continues and discovers a bizarre and disturbing secret of the ingredient use to manufacture Soylent Green.
Enjoy an array of Drama Short Films selected by the WorldFest Curation Team.
Apr 24, 2022 5:00 PM - Cinemark Memorial City
Huazi and Cat
More Than I Can Say
Shedding Angels*
Apr 24, 2022 5:00 PM - Cinemark Memorial City
Filmmaker in attendance! 
Like any Indian girl, the demure bride of 'The Great Indian Kitchen' goes to her new husband's house prepared to adapt to their customs and make it her home. Everything seems to be going fine, her husband and his parents love and care for her. But unexpected problems arise when her kind mother-in-law has to be away. She struggles to cope with the mountain of endless household chores, differences in opinion and unfamiliar traditions.
Enjoy an array of Suspense/Thriller Short Films selected by the WorldFest Curation Team.
Apr 24, 2022 7:00 PM - Cinemark Memorial City

Hide and Seek
Jump Seat*
Over There
Red Flags
The Last One
*Denotes Filmmakers in attedance
OLIVER AND THE POOL (Mexico) Acardi Palerm-Artis*
Apr 24, 2022 7:00 PM - Cinemark Memorial City
Filmmaker in attendance! 
Oliverio sets the urn that contains his father’s ashes on the table next to the poolside chaise lounge. He grabs his phone and types in a word: aneurism. Oliverio’s father died during a family dinner, just after his parents announced that they were getting divorced. His mother already had a new man in her life. Oliverio, a 13-year-old only child, installs himself on the chaise lounge and decides that he will stay right there. From that very spot he continues his life – mourning, observing, learning to forgive, and falling in love.

This film also has multiple craft and actor nominations! Don't miss it! 
Thank you for supporting Independent Film and Creative Excellence here in Houston, TX and around the World!

Cinemark Memorial City, 310 Memorial City Way



Screenings start at $7.50. Opening night is $20. Festival Passes at $100.





  • Dates: Wednesday, April 20th through Sunday, April 24, 2021
  • Location: Screenings at Cinemark Memorial City, 310 Memorial City Way
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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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