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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.


WorldFest grants a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Remi Award to Brian Dennehy

WorldFest is honored to grant a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Remi Award to Brian Dennehy for his long and talented career in motion pictures. In one of his final roles as Del, an aging Korean War Vet in Driveways (USA) directed by Andrew Ahn, he warmly depicts his unexpected friendship (at times gruff but still caring) with a lonely 8 year old boy, Cody, (Lucas Jaye, our own Rising Star Actor 2020), who moves in next door with his single Mom (Hong Chau). Driveways is a heartwarming story which had been selected to be the Official Closing Night Film of WorldFest 2020. Brian Dennehy knew of the WorldFest Lifetime Achievement Award and was hoping to be able to travel and personally accept it, however, it was not to be. 


Brian Manion Dennehy (July 9, 1938 – April 15, 2020) was an American actor of stage, television, and film. Dennehy won two Tony Awards, an Olivier Award, and a Golden Globe, and received six Primetime Emmy Award nominations. He had roles in over 180 films and in many television and stage productions. His film roles included Gorky Park (1983), Silverado (1985), Cocoon (1985), F/X (1986), Presumed Innocent (1990), Romeo + Juliet (1996), and Knight of Cups (2015). Dennehy won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film for his role as Willy Loman in the television film Death of a Salesman (2000).

According to Variety, Dennehy was "perhaps the foremost living interpreter" of playwright Eugene O'Neill’s works on stage and screen. He had a decades long relationship with Chicago's Goodman Theatre where much of his O'Neill work originated.He also regularly played Canada's Stratford Festival, especially in works by William Shakespeare and Samuel Beckett. He once gave credit for his award-winning performances to the play's authors: "When you walk with giants, you learn how to take bigger steps." Dennehy was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2010.


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Year Title Role Notes
1977 Looking for Mr. Goodbar Surgeon  
1977 Semi-Tough T.J. Lambert  
1978 F.I.S.T. Frank Vasco  
1978 Foul Play Fergie  
1979 Butch and Sundance: The Early Days O.C. Hanks  
1979 10 Don the Bartender  
1980 Little Miss Marker Herbie  
1982 Split Image Kevin Stetson  
1982 First Blood Sheriff William "Will" Teasle  
1983 Never Cry Wolf Rose Little  
1983 Gorky Park William Kirwill  
1984 Finders Keepers Mayor Frizzoli  
1984 The River Rat Doc Cole  
1985 Cocoon Walter  
1985 Silverado Sheriff Cobb  
1985 Twice in a Lifetime Nick  
1986 F/X Lt. Leo McCarthy  
1986 The Check Is in the Mail Richard Jackson  
1986 Legal Eagles C.J. Cavanaugh  
1987 The Belly of an Architect Stourley Kracklite  
1987 Best Seller Lt. Dennis Meechum  
1988 The Man from Snowy River II Harrison  
1988 Miles from Home Frank Roberts, Sr.  
1988 Cocoon: The Return Walter Uncredited role
1989 Indio Whytaker  
1989 Seven Minutes [de] Wagner  
1990 Blue Heat Frank Daly aka The Last of the Finest
1990 Presumed Innocent Raymond Horgan  
1991 In Broad Daylight Ken McElroy  
1991 F/X2 Leo McCarthy  
1992 Gladiator Jimmy Horn  
1994 Jackaboy Blue Guggles McMillian  
1995 Tommy Boy Big Tom Callahan II  
1995 The Stars Fell on Henrietta Big Dave McDermot  
1996 Romeo + Juliet Ted Montague  
1999 Out of the Cold David Bards  
1999 Silicon Towers Tom Warner  
2000 Dish Dogs Frost  
2001 Summer Catch John Schiffner  
2002 Stolen Summer Father Kelly  
2002 Code Yellow: Hospital at Ground Zero Narrator  
2002 Drawing First Blood Himself Short
2004 She Hate Me Chairman Billy Church  
2005 Assault on Precinct 13 Jasper O'Shea  
2005 Tommy Boy: Behind the Laughter Himself Short
2005 10th and Wolf Agent Horvath  
2006 Everyone's Hero Babe Ruth Voice
2006 The Ultimate Gift Gus  
2007 Ratatouille Django Voice
2007 Welcome to Paradise Bobby Brown  
2007 War Eagle, Arkansas Pop  
2008 Cat City Harold Vogessor  
2008 Righteous Kill Lt. Hingus  
2010 Every Day Ernie  
2010 Meet Monica Velour Pop Pop  
2010 The Next Three Days George Brennan  
2010 Alleged Clarence Darrow  
2011 The Big Year Raymond Harris  
2012 Twelfth Night Sir Toby Belch  
2013 The Challenger Chairman William Rogers  
2015 Knight of Cups Joseph  
2018 The Seagull Sorin  
2018 Tag Mr. Cilliano, Randy's Father Uncredited
2018 The Song of Sway Lake Hal Sway  
2019 Driveways Del  
2019 Master Maggie[34] Himself Short
2019 3 Days With Dad Bob Mills  
2020 Son of the South Grandfather Post-production, Posthumous release
TBA Long Day Journey   Post-production, Posthumous release; Final film role



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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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