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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.


WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival Wraps 50th Season ~ Where Indie Films Take Off…!



The Unwilling producer Gianluca Bertone on Stage picking up his prize 


WorldFest-Houston, the third longest-running International Film Festival in North America, celebrated the conclusion of its 10-day run of film, fun and fanfare in its 50th annual independent film showcase with a 9% increase in box-office!  With Rob Reiner on hand to kick off the festival with his brilliant new film, LBJ, WorldFest got off to an awesome start.  

Rob Reiner received his well-deserved WorldFest Remi Career Achievement Award for his long and brilliant career. WorldFest continued on a strong course of 17 World Premieres, several full houses and concluded with Yoshinari Nishikori’s Tatara Samurai to a full house of delighted Houston Indie film fans and Eugene Nomura, Producer of this epic film for the grand finale.  
WorldFest celebrated its Twelfth annual Panorama Italia in collaboration with Valeria Rumori, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, CA (IIC) and the Italian Consul Elena Sgarbi in Houston, featuring director Gianfranco Cabbidu attending for his film The Stuff of Dreams (La Stoffa dei Sogni) plus five other independently produced Italian language films. The Third Annual Panorama China concluded with Special Encounter, a delightful comedy directed by Mina Kwan and produced by Wanda Corp., Beijing, China. Closing weekend festivities, April 29 & 30th, included a Grand Awards Gala on Saturday night that culminated with a Sunday morning VIP NASA Rocket Park whirlwind tour and WorldFest Consular Regatta & BBQ hosted by The Houston Yacht Club. All WorldFest events are open to the public.         

WorldFest, founded as an International Film Society in August 1961, became the third competitive international film festival in North America, following San Francisco and New York.  WorldFest evolved into a competitive International Film Festival in April 1968 and has a long list of “discovered” film greats such as Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, David Lynch, Ridley Scott, Oliver Stone, Atom Egoyan, Randal Kleiser, Ang Lee, Robert Rodriguez, the Coen Brothers, Francis Ford Coppola, John Lee Hancock and many others from their beginning efforts for film submissions early in their careers.  Multi award-winning producer/director, Hunter Todd, founded this special film festival to honor all categories of film and video production continuing his long dedication of “Discovery,” spotlighting emerging Independent filmmakers who become “the Spielbergs & Ang Lees of tomorrow.”          
    WorldFest’s mission is to recognize and honor outstanding creative excellence in film & video, validate brilliant abilities and promote future filmmaking in Texas as well as enhance cultural tourism for Houston and its environs.  The 10-day festival ran to a strong finish with several sold-out screenings, one of which was the compelling documentary, Plant Codes: Unleashing Nature’s Healing Power  - directed by Gary Null.  WorldFest celebrated independently produced cinema from 74 Nations all over the globe with 87 Indie feature productions, 109 award winning shorts and over 800 USA and International filmmakers attending; despite current economic challenges.

         All film premieres screened at the Flagship AMC Studio 30 Theatres, a 13 year WorldFest-Houston Cinema partner. Other major VIP Partner/Sponsors include Action Limo, Boxer Property, Westchase Marriott Hotel, City of Houston, State of Texas, Houston Arts Alliance, Avis/Budget Car Rental,,, The Houston Yacht Club & Celebrity Cruises.

WorldFest is delighted to continue its special association with Lopez Negrete Communications, the largest Hispanic Ad Agency in the USA who are the creative genius behind the WorldFest graphics. Loris & Efisio Faris, owners of Arcodoro Ristorante - continue their great support of Panorama Italia now in its twelfth year.

A brief video tribute by Roger Corman set the tone for the evening at the 50th Annual WorldFest Remi Awards Gala, Saturday April 29th at The HQ Westchase Marriott Hotel, VIP partner & official host hotel.  Festivities began with a cocktail reception at 7pm. Pastorini Bosby Talent provided the lovely award presenters.

Dance entertainment was courtesy of Nelly Fraga’s Ambassador Intl. Folkloric Dance Company, then a medley of Chinese performers and a grand finale by Shawn Welling’s Planet Funk Academy’s lead dancers performing a specially choreographed high-energy dance mix.

    On April 27th, 28th, & 29th, WorldFest conducted Nine Film Industry Master/Class Seminars featuring Finance, Acting, NASA footage use, Docs, SAG/AFTRA special sessions and concluding with the Indie Forum of WorldFest feature film Directors.

Canadian director, Lee Chambers was this year’s featured Indie Forum moderator focusing on the new parameters of Independent filmmaking.  


    The WorldFest 2017 Grand Remi Statuette Awards went to: 

•    BEST THEATRICAL FEATURE ~ Reset, China, directed by Zhen Feng Huang, Executive Produced by Jackie Chan
•    BEST FILM & VIDEO ~ Yellowstone, Directed by Oliver Goetzl, Gulo Film Prods., Hamburg, Germany
•    BEST TV & CABLE PRODUCTION ~ Lost Humans, Directed by Ji Yon Lee, Korea Educational Broadcasting System, Seoul, South Korea
•    BEST NEW MEDIA ~ Chronicles of Courage: Stories of Wartime and Innovation - Web series directed by Susan Grella, Vulcan Prds., Seattle, Washington USA
•    BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM & VIDEO ~ DataMine, Directed by Tim Tracey - Nova Scotia, Canada
•    BEST SHORT SUBJECT, Might, Directed by Emil Sallinen, Finland
•    BEST STUDENT FILM, One Eightieth of Zhang Tianyi, Directed by Shuhan Fan, China/USA
•    BEST TELEVISION COMMERCIAL,  The Ostrich- Samsung, Leo Burnett Chicago, USA
•    BEST MUSIC VIDEO~ Upside Down & Inside Out , OK GO, Directed by Damina Kulash, Jr. & Trish Sie, Los Angeles, Ca. USA
•    BEST SCRIPT~ Me & Jezebel, by Lucinda Spurling of Afflare Films Ltd. Bermuda


WorldFest Best Actor Remi Awards go to Marc Clotet, in The Chess Player, (El Jugador de Ajedres), Spain;

Best Actress, Mi Yang in Reset, China;

Best Supporting Actor, William Lee in The Legend of Ben Hall, Australia

and Best Supporting Actress, Lotlot de Leon in First Semester (1st Sem), The Philippines.

Best Rising Star, Actress is Aliyah Conley, in I Am Still Here, USA

and Best Rising Star Actor is Jarrett Maier, in The Things We’ve Seen, USA.

The Russian-American Publication sponsored the Best Foreign Film Award which was presented by Olga Tarasova to Federico Santos, Director/Writer/Producer and Daniel Jatib, Producer for their delightfully quirky comedy, Ape Lasagne, (Lasaña de Mono) Argentina.

All other award results from this year’s WorldFest competition from the Awards Gala are posted on our website at - There were more than 4,300 category entries in all film and video competitions, and only around 15% of submitted entries placed for WorldFest Remi awards.

During the 10-day festival, over 800 filmmakers from more than 74 nations around the world were in attendance to personally accept their various awards from the 2017 WorldFest competition of thousands of entries. Dates for WorldFest-Houston 51st are April 20-29th 2018.  Please check our website at – - for the full winners’ list or call 713-965-9955 for more information. “Call for Entries” for next year’s event will be mailed out in late August. Entries officially open August 15th, 2017. The Main Entry Deadline is December 15, 2017.

Download official entry forms from our website starting Aug. 1st.

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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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