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WorldFest Houston

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56th WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival: April 25-30, 2023 -  @worldfest #Worldfest #FilmFestival #Festival #Houston #Texas  


You are cordially invited to be part of the upcoming 56th  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 56th 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 56 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 55 Day Four

Welcome to WorldFest Day Four! A dazzling delight of films awaits you from 1 PM to 9 PM, so put on your festival lounge wear, prepare for popcorn and feast your eyeballs on this amazing line up of films! Check out the full synopsis of each film playing below.


1 PM Films

TOMORROW'S GAME (USA) Dir. Trevor Wilson & Jonathan Coria*

Animated Family Shorts*

SHALLOW WATER (USA) Dir. Mathew Robinson


3 PM Films

SHAMBALA (Kyrgyzstan) Dir. Artykpai Suyundukov

Documentary Shorts*

ABOUT ANTI-NATALISM (Japan) Dir. Wataru Shibata


5 PM Films

A PLACE CALLED HOME (USA) Dir. Kiel Thorlton

Sci-Fi II Shorts*

HARPER (USA) Dir. Kate Bohan*


7 PM Films

THE CHEATERS (Canada) Dir. Louis Godbout

BROKEN BLOOMS (Philippines) Dir. Luisito Lagdameo Ignacio*

NEON HEART (Brazil) Dir. Lucas Esteban Soares*


9 PM Films

NOW IS NOW (Hungary) Dir. Peter Szajki

MYSTERY SPOT (USA) Dir. Mel House* 

THE POSTMAN (HALKARA) (Nepal) Dir. Bikram Sapkota*


*Denotes filmmakers in attendance!


See you at the movies,

- Team WorldFest









Sunday, April 24, we invite our attending filmmakers to join us for a tour of Space Center Houston! The tour leaves at 10AM from the Westin and returns for the 7PM closing night film by bus. Sign up at WF Registration at Cinemark as space is limited.









Tomorrows_game.still.jpg.jpg?'S GAME (USA) Dir. Trevor Wilson & Jonathan Coria*

 Apr 23, 2022 1:00 PM

Filmmakers In Attendance!

Although Daniel de la Rosa comes from a family of baseball prestige, he has never appreciated the sport. But on the day of his Uncle's ascendance into the Hall of Fame as the first Dominican player in the league, Daniel is forced to embark on a journey through time that sees him (with the help of new friends) restore his family’s legacy and rewrite baseball history.










"Enjoy an array of Animated Family Short Films selected by the WorldFest Curation Team."

Dear Destiny*
On / Off





Slow Moving Houses
Son & Moon
The Amazing Airwalker*
There You Are


*Denotes filmmakers in attendance

April 23, 2022 1:00 PM

Cinemark Memorial City









ShallowWater.1.jpg? WATER (USA) Dir. Mathew Robinson

Apr 23, 2022 1:00 PM - Cinemark Memorial City

Having graduated from college, seven friends celebrate their last moments of freedom at a lake house. As they drink and use drugs, they discuss their aspirations -- from being doctors and tech entrepreneurs to writers and photographers. Over the next five years, everyone becomes fully immersed in their busy adult lives, dealing with new relationships and new responsibilities. As time passes, their substance abuse and friendships, once fun and carefree, look more dangerous for some, and each person carries secrets they no longer feel comfortable sharing. Ultimately, they must confront the aftermath of decisions made.










SHAMBALA.jpg.jpg? (Kyrgyzstan) Dir. Artykpai Suyundukov

Apr 23, 2022 3:00 PM - Cinemark Memorial City


Based on the novella The White Ship, by Kyrgyz writer Chingiz Aitmatov, Shambala tells the story of a lonely, impressionable seven-year-old boy who lives in a protected forest, high in the mountains, with his grandfather, step-grandmother, auntie and uncle. He spends his time exploring and listening to legends from his grandfather, in particular, tales about the sacred Mother Deer. The world of myths and folklore eventually conflict with the harsh reality of the world of adults, who are faced with their own personal problems and dilemmas.











"Enjoy an array of Documentary Short Films selected by the WorldFest Curation Team"

Apr 23, 2022 3:00 PM - Cinemark Memorial City






A Moment In Time
Golden. The End of Ageism*
We Dance
Yellowstone 88


*Denotes Filmmakers in attendance









Apr 23, 2022 3:00 PM - Cinemark Memorial City


Four university students join a philosophy class about Anti-natalism, the ethical view which argues that humans should abstain from procreation, because it is morally wrong. Then, they face pregnancy and suicidal desire.










aPlaceCalledHome.still.jpg? PLACE CALLED HOME (USA) Dir. Kiel Thorlton

Apr 23, 2022 5:00 PM - Cinemark Memorial City


After losing his wife during the birth of his second child, Levi is thrust into raising two young girls, alone. However, when forced to borrow money from a ruthless loan shark, he must fight to save his family and the home his family was made in.










"Enjoy an array of Sci-Fi Short Films selected by the WorldFest Curation Team."

Apr 23, 2022 5pm 

Cinemark Memorial City





Callisto's End*
The Head of the Cat


*Denotes filmmakers in attendance









HARPER.jpg? (USA) Dir. Kate Bohan

Apr 23, 2022 5:00 PM - Cinemark Memorial City

Filmmaker and Actress in attendance! 


HARPER, an 11 year old girl's life is shattered when her father dies suddenly. Sent to live on a dilapidated farm with an Aunt she’s never met, Harper must adjust to her new reality. However, just as she settles in, ISABELLA, her wealthy mother, appears to claim the child she abandoned at birth.









Cheaters_Still_png.png? CHEATERS (Canda) Dir. Louis Godbout

Apr 23, 2022 7:00 PM - Cinemark Memorial City


Two lovers and a friend meet up for a game of golf on a lovely summer day. Everything goes smoothly until the trio is joined by a solitary player who will soon put to the test the bonds between them and in the process reveal buried secrets.










BrokenBlooms.still.jpg.JPG? BLOOMS (Philippines) Dir. Luisito Lagdameo Ignacio*

Apr 23, 2022 7:00 PM - Cinemark Memorial City

Filmmaker in attendance! 


Broken Blooms explores the travails of a young man dealing with the challenges of a blooming young marriage and his carefree and careless attitude towards morality & friendship, which is tested to the brink at the time the world cringes in the claws of a global pandemic.










Neon_Heart.jpg? HEART (Brazil) Dir. Lucas Esteban Soares*

Apr 23, 2022 7:00 PM - Cinemark Memorial City

Filmmakers in attendance!


A young man works with his father in a typical Brazilian singing telegram car called Neon Heart. On board a customized car they are hired to deliver romantic messages given as gifts to people all over town. After a performance that ended tragically, his life changes completely and he starts a mind-blowing journey in pursuit of his dreams.










NOWISNOW.SSTILL.JPG.jpg? IS NOW (Hungary) Dir. Peter Szajki

Apr 23, 2022 9:00 PM - Cinemark Memorial City


Szilvi makes a quick decision: she flees her wedding and jumps into a car of a taxi driver who took the day off. The driver by the way is planning to go to his own bachelor party in the evening. Petya, the driver tries to explain that he is not working, but Szilvi stifles his words. Petya is an easy-going, humorous guy, and at the same time a soulful person. He got bored of being a lawyer and started to drive as a living. The movie is their story. They travel around Budapest and it’s neighborhood within a day.










MysterySpot.jpg? SPOT (USA) Dir. Mel House

Apr 23, 2022 9:00 PM - Cinemark Memorial City

Filmmakers in attendance!


A number of lost souls find refuge in a small motel in the middle of nowhere, its only distinguishing characteristic being the ruins of an old Mystery Spot—a long-dead roadside attraction with strange metaphysical powers. Nathan [Skipper] & Rachel [Wilcox] find solace in one another, both attempting to escape dark pasts that seem to be using the Mystery Spot to go from being painful shadows of their lives to very real entities of the present. Everyone at the Mystery Spot will be affected by its unique properties, but only some will survive its reality-shattering implications.










Postman_Halkara.still.jpg? POSTMAN (HALKARA) (Nepal) Dir. Bikram Sapkota

Apr 23, 2022 9:00 PM - Cinemark Memorial City


An unemployed village drunk accepts a postman position and ventures into the remote villages of Nepal. In his journey, he must face the challenges and responsibilities of his new job while confronting the personal demons of his past.


Film Clip:










Cinemark Memorial City, 310 Memorial City Way



Screenings start at $7.50. Opening night is $20. Festival Passes at $100.





    • Dates: Wednesday, April 20th through Sunday, April 24, 2021
    • Location: Screenings at Cinemark Memorial City, 310 Memorial City Way



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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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