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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  


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. 

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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.


The 49th WORLDFEST ~ “ Best Actor Nominations”

  Offering another tantalizing cornucopia of true Indie films, WorldFest 49 continues 4 more days until Sunday, April 17th with a number of World Premieres from 78 Indie features and a large contingent of award winning shorts (106). An amazing Second Annual Panorama China has blossomed into an offering of 20+ Indie films from China with most directors and producers in attendance. Another special showcase is The Eleventh Annual Italian Panorama featuring 2 World Premieres  and their ...

20 Chinese films head to Houston Worldfest

    Hunter Todd (second from left), CEO and founder of WorldFest Houston, introduces the upcoming Panorama China program on Feb 19 in Houston along with China’s Consul of Culture Yang Song (right), Panorama China Chairman Ray Jiang (left) and WorldFest Director Kathleen Haney. May Zhou / China Daily Panorama China will make up part of the 49th WorldFest Houston – the international independent film festival where famous directors such as Ang Lee, the ...

The 49th WorldFest is 49 Days Away!

Ten Great Days in April! From the 8th through the 17th, more than 200 New Indies Films from 33 Countries, including 20 Premieres in our new Panorama China! Our new Website, designed by the brilliant creative team at Lopez Negrete Communications goes live in early March! We will be posting film Titles, and Showtimes! You will be able to purchase single tickets and VIP Series Passes Online and we will begin to notify Remi Winners in Mid-March. The Texas Bluebonnets will bloom then!  &...

49th WorldFest Houston opens call for entries

ENTRY INFORMATION Online Entry Form Download Entry Form Categories Entry Payments FAQ How to make award winning entries ...

WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival ~ Wraps 48th Season ~

    “We See Films Differently!”  WorldFest-Houston, the third longest-running International Film Festival in North America, and the Oldest Independent Film Festival in the world, celebrated the conclusion of its 10-day run of film, fun and fanfare in its 48th annual independent film showcase with a 9% increase in box-office despite the torrential downpours!  WorldFest opened this year’s edition with record turnouts fo...

The 48th Annual WorldFest – Houston International Film Festival honours Sean Young

THE 48TH ANNUAL WORLDFEST-HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TO HONOR SEAN YOUNG WITH THE REMI CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD OPENING NIGHT OF THE FESTIVAL, APRIL 10, 2015     The 48th Annual WorldFest – Houston International Film Festival, which takes place from April 10th through April 19th 2015, will honor Sean Young with the Remi Career Achievement Award at the April 10 screening ...

Houston Worldfest April 10-19, 2015 calling all filmmakers

The MAIN ENTRY DEADLINE is January 15th, 2015 Enter Online or Postmarked by JAN 15th, entry to reach us by JAN 31! Special Deal for readers - Late Fee is fully waived for all readers!  The 48th Annual WorldFest-Houston - April 10-19, 2015 Ten Great Days in April! “FORGET SUNDANCE! …WorldFest is one of the best conceived festival productions on the planet!” ~ Craig Outhier, film critic, Phoenix press; Tem...

Last few days to submit to Worldfest Houston

Wonderful Christmas! Wishing you and yours... every happiness this Holiday Season and bountiful prosperity in the New Year. We know that this is a very busy time of the year, but we just wanted to remind you of the 48th Annual WorldFest-Houston Entry Deadline. Entered Online by Monday, December 15th. Mailed to reach us by Dec. 31. If you enter only one competition this year, make it WorldFest! Fiercely Independent! Our warmest Christmas & Ho...

History of WorldFest, Hunter Todd has one of the longest festival stories to tell

WorldFest was founded over 50 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 Independe...

Entering WorldFest

  Entering the festival is really easy. First, read this FAQ to answer your questions and then proceed to fill out your automatic online entry form. After you submit your form, you’ll receive an email with further instructions and all the details of your entry. You’ll also be taken to a second page with instructions and details. We do suggest that you print this page for your personal reference or at least keep note of your Entry Code/Codes and fee totals for each entry...

Worldfest FAQ and Rules

The 48th Annual WorldFest-Houston – April 10-19, 2015 WorldFest-Houston is an International Competition for all Film & Video Production & Screenplays. You may enter the 48th WorldFest beginning on Friday, August 15th, 2014. Entries for 2015 close Monday, December 15th, 2014. Entering is Quick and Easy! We  Welcome Your Entry!  (You must click on 2 or more extra categories to see and enter the Craft Categories, as they will not appear in the E...

WorldFest 2015 Key Dates

48th Annual WorldFest Festival dates are April 10-19, 2015 — 10 Great Days in April! Entries officially open on Friday, August 15th, 2014 right here online. We are awaiting your entries and will confirm their receipt! We now accept PayPal for even better payment security. Info on the Entry Form. The EarlyBird Discount Deadline has Passed Saturday, November 15th, 2014. The MAIN FESTIVAL ENTRY DEADLINE is Online Midnight Monday, December 15th, 20...

the 44th Annual WorldFest-Houston (April 8-17, 2011) Extends the Entry Deadline to JAN 15, 2011 - all Late Fees are Waived!

We are delighted to say that we have a Christmas / Winter Holiday Gift for everyone! We are happy to EXTEND the Entry Deadline for all entrants in all categories! The 44th Annual WorldFest-Houston (April 8-17, 2011) Extends the Entry Deadline to JAN 15, 2011 - all Late Fees are Waived! This a a "Be Here By" Deadline. Your entry must reach WorldFest by JAN 15, 2011. WorldFest is unique in all the festival world! Not only is it the oldest Indie Film Festival in the world, b...

Extended exclusive deadline for WorldFest Houston through february, NO LATE ENTRY FEE for FILMFESTIVALS.COM readers

     Houston International Film & Video Festival April 17 - 26, 2009 Extended deadline till February 28 for and filmmakers! NO LATE FEE Download the preferred entry form here and save $15   42nd Annual WorldFest 9898 Bissonnet Street, Suite 650, Houston, Texas 77036 USA Tel: 1-713-965-9955 or fax Fax : 1-713-965-9960 Website: E-mail: mailto:...

See what they have to say about WorldFest Houston

"FORGET SUNDANCE! WorldFest is one of the best conceived festival productions on the planet!" ( This is simply our favorite quote... it says it all! ) - Craig Outhier, film critic, Phoenix press; Tempe Times "I thank you for your kind and warm care of me in Houston. It was a great opportunity for me to learn "What is a Film" again, and "How to make the film" as an Independent Filmmaker. Now I have a ...

Past Winners (2008) of Houston WorldFest

  41st Annual WorldFest 2008 Winners: 04/28/08The 2008 Remi Winners list is online:check the attached PDF   ...

the 41st Annual WorldFest Special Jury Remi Awards

Following are the Special Jury Awards from the 2008 WorldFest-Houston, 41st edition. (There were more than 4,500 category entries in the 2008 Festival Remi awards Competition.)10 QUESTIONS FOR THE DALAI LAMA - SPECIAL JURY AWARD – Jenny Manocchio - monterey media inc. - Thousand Oaks CATHE METROSEXUAL - SPECIAL JURY AWARD - Adam Kaufman - KINGS ROAD PRODUCTIONS, INC. - Los Angeles CATHIS BEAUTIFUL CITY    - SPECIAL JURY AWARD – Ed Gass-Donnelly - 3 LEGGED DOG FILMS - Toronto, Ontario...

41st Annual WorldFest-Houston announces Remi Awards - More than 550 International Filmmakers attend from 33 nations!

WorldFest-Houston Wraps its 41st on Angelic note!(The 41st Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival) WorldFest-Houston, the 3rd longest-running International Film Festival in North America, celebrated the conclusion of its 41st Annual Independent Film Showcase with a Grand Awards Gala on April 19th and Closing Day Festivities on April 20th with a VIP NASA and Space Center Houston tour and Texas BBQ sponsored by The Houston Yacht Club and wrapped it up with a double bill of Claude Le...

41st WorldFest-Houston - April 11-20, 2008 - Entries are now OPEN - to JAN 15th!

Howdy from Houston ... If you have a film/video ready to enter now, competition categories are still open! All Screenplays are also still open, until January 15! Email us to check on your category and if the jury is still hard at work, they may accept your entry. Simply contact us at - for a quick response. We will start posting the titles of Shorts and Features that have been selected for screening at WorldFest in the next few weeks! We will post them here on FEST21 and on ...


Today, January 31st is the Final Entry Deadline for the 40th Annual WorldFest-Houston, but as a very special benefit to members/viewers of FEST21 only, we are allowing a special FEST21 Deadline of Friday, February 9th! Your entry must be in our office by that day. To qualify - simply print FEST21 in the upper right-hand corner of the Entry Form! Extra Special benefits for FEST21 members: * Exclusive FEST21 Entry Deadline of FEB 9! * The Late fee is waived!. * One extra Competition Category at N...


We have just EXTENDED the Final Deadline to Tuesday, January 15th, 2008! We are making the Final Deadline Extension - to Arrive By January 31st. Your entry must be in our office by that day. Special benefits for FEST21 members ONLY: * The Late fee is waived!. * One extra competition category at No Charge! ... so you get two total categories. * So easy to enter, goto, click on Enter Film Festival on the upper left grey bar, then click on FAQ, CATEGORIES and ENTRY FORMS, ...


Our Special New Years Bonus for all Fest 21 Members/Readers ONLY... * The Entry Deadline is Extended to January 15th, 2007 * The Late Fee is tossed! * You may pick One Additional Competition Category at NO CHARGE, a $30 Savings Bonus for Fest21 folks! * Simply write FEST21 on the top of the Entry Form to Qualify! Simple and Easy. * All entries must reach our offices by January 31st, 2007 WorldFest offers competition and Awards for Features, Shorts, Student Films, Scripts, TV Production, TV Com...

Howdy from Houston!

We are delighted to be part of Fest21 as we celebrate the 40th Annual WorldFest-Houston, the 3rd oldest International Film Festival in North America... As a special gift/bonus to Fest21 readers - we are happy to offer an Extended Final Deadline to JAN 15 with the Late Fee Waived to all and Fest21 readers. To qualify, simply put FEST21 on to top right of your entry form and it is done! To compete in the 40th Annual WorldFest - simply goto Then click on...


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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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