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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-Houston Film Festival wishes you a Wonderful Christmas! 

    Howdy from Houston! And our very best wishes for a Wonderful Christmas, the Happiest of  Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, and a Wonderful, Peaceful & Prosperous New Year from all of us at the 53rd WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival! The Oldest Indie Film Fest in the World!   You are cordially invited to participate in the upcoming 53rd  WorldFest-Houston! The Main Online Deadline is only a few days away! Sunday, December 15th! You m...

Warmest Thanksgiving Greetings from WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival! 

  All of us at Team WorldFest wish you...           A truly Bountiful Thanksgiving: we wish you wonderful moments with your family, friends and co-workers in this delightful holiday season of giving and warmth!   We hope that your Thanksgiving 2019 is the ver...

Look who s calling! The 53rd WorldFest with EarlyBird Deadline till November 15!

    The 53rd WorldFest ~ EarlyBird Deadline! Entered Online or Postmarked by Friday, November 15th! Just enter Online via our website or via! But No Worries -  The Main Entry Deadline is December 15th, 2019 and the Final Brick Wall Deadline is January 15th, 2020.       Go for your chance at the Remi Award - at the 53rd Annual WorldFest-Houston! ​​​​​​​ The festival will be celebrated April...

The 53nd WorldFest Houston Intl Film Festival honoring the 100th year of the genius of Federico Fellin

 Enter the 53rd WorldFest-Houston and be part of history and the future with the oldest fiercely independent international film festival! For our 53rd year, we are honoring the 100th year of the genius of Federico Fellini, with special screenings of his films, including:           LA DOLCE VITA, AMARCORD, LA STRADA & 8 1/2! Entries are now officially open for the 53rd WorldFest-Houston! Offering International Competition in...

You be the King of Zaza!

Zaza Memorial City is 1 mile away from festival hotspot (Westin hotel and Cinemark multiplex) A retreat in style for the festival VIPs :-)     ...

The videos from Worldfest Houston 52 Interviews and Ambiance

Learn from the festival director who gave their first festival prize to Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, the Coen brothers, : the mission, th ehistory, the gala, the regatta, the city, the ambiance : things you need to know about Worldfest Houston.       Subscribe We met Jeffery Patterson and the cast of one of the 2 films he showed at Worldfest Houston, in a private diner with festival founders, Hunter and Kathleen Todd.   ...

WorlFest regatta with the winning filmmakers

Congratulations to the award winners of WorldFest 52! Now, they are celebrated with a lavish barbQ and a regatta, the only festival in world whihc has filmmakers sailing in a regatta!. Buses left the Westin, the festival hotspot hotel for a visit to Nasa at 10 am on the dot. It was followed at the yacht club by a Texas BBQ, Space adventures and something no other film festival in the world has to offer, their own regatta. Thanks to the Houston Yacht Club and the Consular Corps for their supp...

Some official words of gratitude and appreciation from President Trump, governors and senator...

"Malania and I join in applauding the hardworking men and women who made this event possible"...Donald Trump ...

9 Master Class lined up at The 52nd Annual WorldFest-Houston

  Join Joe Leydon, professor and columnist as he moderates a conversation with three of our award winning film directors during WorldFest’s 52nd edition during opening weekend. Kevin Sorbo, director, “Miracle in East Texas”, inspired by a true story of 2 con men, ‘Doc’ Boyd (Kevin Sorbo) and ‘Dad’ (John Ratzenberger) who work their way through Texas in the 1930’s evoking wildcatter days of Spindletop and beyond. Richard Krevolin, directed W...

WORLDFEST Houston 52 Program April 11th

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&rdqu...

WORLDFEST Houston 52 Program April 10h

10 APR 2019@ 5 PM   Drama/Comedy Shorts Campesino Trailer Blue Amber (Panorama China) 10 APR 2019@ 7 PM   School Service Bob & Mary's The Wake of Light Trailer Consciousness Trailer 10 APR 2019@ 9 PM   Live Life Trailer ...

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 Negre...

Hunter Todd, Houston Worldfest founding director, talks to

Learn from the festival director who gave their first festival prize to Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, the Coen brothers, : the mission, th ehistory, the gala, the regatta, the city, the ambiance : things you need to know about Worldfest Houston.   ...

WORLDFEST Houston 52 Program April 9th

9 APR 2019@ 5 PM   Drama Shorts #3       American Ghost Tail + Shorts Feature Tian Long Ba Bu (Panorama China) Feature     9 APR 2019@ 7 PM   My Dear Elephant (Panorama China) Feature Houston/Texas Shorts The Rita G. Affair + The Nixie  Feature T...

Chinese treat at Worldfest Houston 52 with Wolf Warior 2

I totally enjoyed watching Wolf Warrior 2 the Chinese action film directed by Wu Jing, who also starred in the lead role. The film co-stars Celina Jade, Frank Grillo... The film scored just under 900M$ at the chinese Box Office! a true phenomenom The film is non stop action,with spectacular explosions, killings, fights, a touch of romance at the end of course (the lead character, special forces combat retired officer) is so busy saving everyone else and killing hundreds of bad guys that he c...

VIDEO: Jeffery Patterson at Worlfest Houston with two films

We met Jeffery Patterson and the cast of one of the 2 films he showed at Worldfest Houston, in a private diner with festival founders, Hunter and Kathleen Todd. PRODUCED BY: Once Upon A Dream Productions Jeffery Patterson @TheJefferyP In the vein of Tender Mercies and Crazy Heart comes Finding Harmony, a multi-generational southern drama about the wounds we carry, and those we leave behind. When legendary music producer, JT Grayson, passes away, he leaves the Fame Ranch to his e...

Miracle in East Texas wins Platinum Remi Award for best romantic comedy

Kevin and Sam Sorbo received their Platinum Remi Award for best romantic comedy from Festival director Hunter Todd. The filmmakers were flying to Europe and could not stsay for the closing awards ceremony. ...

WORLDFEST Houston 52 Program April 8th

8 APR 2019@ 5 PM   Texas Shorts #1   Blooming Village (Panorama China)     Black Flowers  Trailer 8 APR 2019@ 7 PM Texas Shorts #2     Lone Star Deception     Gathering (Panorama China)   ...

WORLDFEST Houston 52 Program April 7th

  7 APR 2019@ 1 PM Animation/Family/Children Shorts   Sci-Fi Shorts #2   Drama Shorts #2       7 APR 2019@ 3 PM Sci-Fi Shorts #3   Drama/Adaptation Shorts       Journey to Hope Feature T...

WorldFest Houston videos on Youtube

Check our playlist with trailers and ambiance       ...

WORLDFEST Houston 52 Program April 6th

Kevin and Sam Sorbo received their Platinum Remi Award for best romantic comedy from Festival director Hunter Todd. The filmmakers were flying to Europe and could not stsay for the closing awards ceremony. Hunter Todd introducing each film 6 APR 2019@ 1 PM   Drama Shorts #1   Comedy-Dark/Romantic   Reign Behind the Curtain (Panorama China) Feature   ...

VIDEO: Tim Disney at the WorldFest Houston Premiere of WILLIAM Festival opener!

Tim Disney with Festival founder Hunter Todd at the festival opening party which followed the screening of his film William. Indie filmmaker Tim Disney (son of the late, Disney senior executive Roy E. Disney) premiered in Texas a week before the US release of his film WILLIAM, he directed from a script he co-wrote with J.T. Allen. chatted briefly with Tim.     ...

Don't be shy if you are happy say it: Testimonials on the fantastic WorldFest Houston experience

Don't be shy if you are happy say it! We have selected a few for you below, more online on the website of the festival! Everything was laid out impeccably, and everyone was extremely nice and efficient. Already my Gold Award had wielded some power... Dave Bartholomew, Hyphenate Productions WorldFest itself had a lot to offer both the Houston film going public and distributors looking for films for distribution. I was treated like a real VIP in Houston. Adam Rogers, Vice Pr...


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About WorldFest Houston

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(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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