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55th WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival: April  20-24th, 2022 - Four Great Days in April! @worldfest #Worldfest #FilmFestival #Festival #Houston #Texas  

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You are cordially invited to be part of the upcoming 55th  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.


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WorldFest-Houston Day Two Highlights

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Dear Film Fans! 

 

Opening night was a delightful blur of ballgowns, flashing lights and dazzling debuts from Covid-cocoons. NARCO SUB (USA) fans were glowing with Director Shawn Welling, Producer Derek Potts and Actor Tom Vera in attendance. NARCO SUB was presented a Special Jury Remi Award for Action Adventure.  

 

 

BEAUTIFUL LURE (Japan) opened our special focus on emerging Asian Cinema Panorama Asia directed by Hiroshi Akabane. Not only did this beautiful film win a Special Jury Remi Award for Dramatic Features but was also presented with two other awards - Best Actress (Panorama Asia) was awarded to Nao Hasegawa and won Russian American Magazine's Best International Feature.

 

Day Two has an amazing selection of films from all over the world! What will you watch this evening?  Be sure to reserve your seat through Cinemark online for tickets or by phone or in person for passes! 

 

 

See you at the movies!

 

- Team WorldFest

 

 

 

 

 

Love Thy Neighbor - The Story of Christian Riley Garcia

 

Showing: Friday, 4/23 @ 4:40 pm

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On May 18th of 2018, a gunman opened fire into a classroom at Santa Fe High School. In the midst of panic and terror, Christian Riley Garcia guided others into a closet where he used himself as a barrier against the door. Love Thy Neighbor dives into the darkness that clouded that day, May 18th, the family’s effort to find normality and healing in the wakes of their loss, and tell a story of Riley.

 

DIRECTOR BRANDON SMITH IN ATTENDANCE (SOLD OUT)

 

 

 

 

 

DOWNEAST

Showing: Friday, 4/23 at 4:45 pm

 

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A story of love, loss, and redemption DOWNEAST dives into the oft ignored seedy underbelly of Maine and follows Emma Maddox as she returns to her hometown years following the mysterious death of her brother, Mikey.

 

 

DIRECTOR JOE RAFFA AND ACTORS GREG FINLEY AND DYLAN SILVER IN ATTENDANCE

 

 

 

 

 

Zero Gravity       

Showing: Friday, 4/23 at 7:05 pm

 

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ZERO GRAVITY follows a diverse group of middle-school students from San Jose, CA, who compete in a nationwide tournament sponsored by NASA and MIT to code satellites aboard the International Space Station.

 

DIRECTOR THOMAS VERRETTE IN ATTENDANCE

 

 

 

 

 

Life After You         

Showing: Friday, April 23 at 7:15 pm

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Life After You is a narrative feature film centered around a suburban family’s struggle with the death of their 19-year-old son, following an overdose of heroin that was laced with fentanyl. The film explores the question of who and what is responsible for this tragedy.

 

 

 

 

DIRECTOR SARAH T. SCHWAB, PRODUCER CHARLENE GIANNETTI AND ACTRESS FLORENCIA LOZANO IN ATTENDANCE

 

 

 

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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...
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