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WorldFest Houston

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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. 

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.


The 51st WorldFest opened with Blaze




Ethan Hawke - Director of BLAZE


USA                    Showing: Friday, 4/20 at 8:00pm, Saturday, 4/21 at 3pm
BLAZE  -                                                                                 

Drama, Music
127 minutes
Color, English

DIRECTOR: Ethan Hawke

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Louis Black, Gurpreet Chandhoke, Stephen Shea
PRODUCER: Ethan Hawke, Ryan Hawke, Jake Seal, John Sloss 
WRITER: Ethan Hawke, Sybil Rosen, based on her memoir “Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze Foley” 

CAST: Benjamin Dickey, Alia Shawkat, Charlie Sexton, Josh Hamilton, Wyatt Russell, Jenn Lyon, Kris Kristofferson, Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn, Richard Linklater

CONTACT: Ryan Hawke, Under the Influence Productions

BLAZE is inspired by the life of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas outlaw music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. The film weaves together three different periods of time, braiding re-imagined versions of Blaze’s past, present and future. The different strands explore his love affair with Sybil Rosen; his last, dark night on earth; and the impact his songs and death had on his fans, friends, and foes. The braided storyline terminates in a bittersweet ending that acknowledges Blaze's profound highs and lows, as well as the impressions he made on the people who shared his journey.
Content advisory: Brief gun violence, profanity, non-explicit nudity, 13+

Ethan Hawke is an Academy Award nominated actor and writer whose career as a novelist, actor, director, and screenwriter spans more than three decades. BLAZE is his most recent foray into directing, which he also co-wrote and produced. His other directing credits include CHELSEA WALLS, THE HOTTEST STATE, and the documentary SEYMOUR: AN INTRODUCTION.
Ethan Hawke’s first directorial effort, a short film called STRAIGHT TO ONE, received a Bronze Remi Award from WorldFest-Houston in 1993.

Ten Great Days in April! From the 20th through the 29th, more than 200 New Indie Films from 54 Countries, including 28 Premieres in our new Panorama China! Our new Website, designed by the brilliant creative team at Lopez Negrete Communications is now live! We have posted Film Titles, Trailer Links and Showtimes! You can purchase single tickets and VIP Series Passes Online. The Opening Night Premiere is "BLAZE", Directed by Ethan Hawke, who will attend the Premiere on April 20th at 8pm, in person to accept his Remi Career Achievement Award for his remarkable 3 decades of brilliant films! The Opening Night World Premiere of Panorama China is NINE TO NIRVANA, Directed By Evan Lu, Beijing, China!


There is a special Encore Screening of THE DIVIDE, a modern day Western, with Perry King - The Director, on hand for its Premiere. There is also a special screening of the 25th Anniversary Edition of JURASSIC PARK! And almost 200 film premieres for all kinds of Film Buffs!


We are closing with DISOBEDIENCE, directed by Sebastian Lelio at 7pm on Sunday, April the 29th! The Panorama China Official Closing Night Film is LORD OF SHANGHAI, directed by Sherwood Hu. There are 9 Master Classes in many aspects of film/video production, including the use of Drones in filmmaking, Investing in Feature Films, how to obtain amazing free stock footage from NASA and many more important subjects! All Master Classes are held at the HQ Marriott Westchase Hotel with very special rates for Filmmakers and Filmbuffs.


The Festival Club is located in the HQ Marriott Westchase Hotel for great networking with more than 1,000 Intl filmmakers attending over the ten-day festival. All Premieres at the HQ Memorial City Cinemark Theatres! WorldFest is the only film festival in the Whole Wide World with a VIP Tour of NASA, a Texas BBQ, Longhorn Steer Photo Ops and the annual WorldFest Consular Regatta at the classic Houston Yacht Club on Closing Day!  Lots more great premiere info at


WorldFest gave 1st Honors to Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee, the Coen Brothers, Ethan Hawke, John Lee Hancock, George Lucas, Ridley Scott, Robert Rodriguez, Francis Ford Coppola, Randal Kleiser and hundreds more filmmakers! This years Remi Winners will be the Ang Lees and Spielbergs of Tomorrow! 



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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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