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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.


WorldFest Houston launches with welcoming words from the President(s)

WORLDFEST- HOUSTON 2021 April 22, 2021 Welcome to WorldFest! As we emerge from the shadows of last year, we celebrate the 54th year of our film festival and reflect on the many lessons at hand realizing that our mission of spotlighting emerging cinematic talent is as important as ever. In this year of introspection, isolation and social unrest, these films and the stories they tell connect us globally and offer understanding. From our humble beginnings in Atlanta in 1961 as an Internation...

WorldFest-Houston 54 opened ! it's Day One at the oldest independent american film festival

  THE TEAM IS READY AND SHARED WITH US THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE OPENING NIGHT IN HOUSTON Dear friends: we're ready to strut down the red carpet with our wonderful opening night films! You'll see everything from blue jeans to ball gowns at this fiercely independent opening night event. Catch Beautiful Lure (Japan) or Narco Sub (USA) and join us for a champagne toast at the Westin Memorial City immediately following the 7pm screenings at Cinemark Memor...

The 54th WorldFest-Houston Best Actor/Actress Nominees!   

BEST ACTOR NOMINATIONS. With the WorldFest-Houston juries just finalizing their Best of Actor/Actress nominations, the festival is proud to announce the nominees for the 2021 Remi Awards honoring the best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, and best supporting actress plus the Rising Star nominees. This year we have also added Best Actor and Best Actress Category for Panorama Asia. The Remi Awards will be presented to the attending winners just...

WorldFest 54 Opening Night is two weeks away!

Wonderful WorldFest Film Premiere Schedule! Opening Night is just two weeks away for WorldFest54 (April 22 - 25, 2021) at Cinemark Memorial City!   We’ll be premiering Houston’s hometown hero Shawn Welling’s exciting thriller NARCO SUB as our official festival opening. Japan's BEAUTIFUL LURE will be kicking off our Panorama Asia section. See below for film details and trailers. Join us after the movies at the HQ Westin Memorial City with your ticket for a glass o...

VIDEO Happy Days in Houston, ambiance at Worldfest Houston

The fantastic team behind each Worldfest Houston festival for quite some time!  Hunter Todd founded the festival in 1961 and has run each of the 53 editions so far, that makes him the only festival organizer in the world with such a vast experience in running festivals. Behind each great man you will always find a great woman: here both Kathleen and Katy Lea have proven essential to the success of the festival. Check our ambiance video : this is what the festival looks like (FUN) when t...

The 54th WorldFest-Houston in just 22 days! Happy Easter Holiday from the team

    We wanted to give you a progress report on WorldFest 54! We are running slightly behind due to the Covid19 pandemic! We hope to complete all jury sessions in the next ten days! Because of Covid19 restrictions, we have had to cut back the 54th WorldFest-Houston to just 3 1/2 days, but we are premiering 39 new Feature films and around 90 Intl shorts. Remarkably, actual entry totals were UP this year, despite Covid19! This did mean a greater burden on our Intl Juries, however....

Happiest of Holidays from Team WorldFest!

  Howdy from Houston! Our world has been affected like nothing else in our life's history! Many of our staff, including our Director - were hit by the Covid19!! All of us are fine now and adapting to "Pandemic Life"... we hope you and yours are all safe and well...   And our very warmest wishes to you and yours for a Wonderful Christmas, the Happiest of  Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, and a Wonderful, Peaceful & Prosperous New Year from all of us ...

The 54th WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival Call for Entries...

The 54th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival officially opened for entries August 15th!   November 15, 2020  Earlybird Entry Deadline I  December 15, 2020 Main Festival Entry Deadline I January 16, 2021 Late Entry Deadline I   January 31, 2021  I Final Brick Wall Deadline I April 16, 2021 Notification Date WorldFest Houston's blog I Website: I&nbs...

The 53rd 2020 WorldFest-Houston Major Remi Awards!

  Sarah Felberbaum as Betty Bottone, "None Like Us", (Nessuno Come Noi )       Best Actress WorldFest 2020   Grand Remi Winner “None Like Us” (Nessuno Come Noi) directed by Volfgango de Biasi, Italy In what would have been The 15th Annual Panorama Italia at this year’s WorldFest 53rd edition, None Like Us (Nessuno Come Noi) directed by Volfango de Biasi (who had been expected to attend) was awarded...

WorldFest grants a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Remi Award to Brian Dennehy

WorldFest is honored to grant a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Remi Award to Brian Dennehy for his long and talented career in motion pictures. In one of his final roles as Del, an aging Korean War Vet in Driveways (USA) directed by Andrew Ahn, he warmly depicts his unexpected friendship (at times gruff but still caring) with a lonely 8 year old boy, Cody, (Lucas Jaye, our own Rising Star Actor 2020), who moves in next door with his single Mom (Hong Chau). D...

The 53rd WorldFest-Houston Announces the BEST Actress/Actor FINAL JURY RESULTS...!

As we begin to move beyond the shadows of the dreadful virus, and although the 53rd WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival has been postponed ... we have carried on with the essential business of the film festival and overseen the adjudication of the Remi Awards from a wonderful slate of amazing films, scripts and excellent performances...! We "Salute and Congratulate" all of the contenders and we are now delighted to Announce the Final Results re...

COVID-19 update: The 53rd edition of WorldFest Houston will be postponed

Don't worry, friends... as long as humans have been around there has been a need for story telling. The show will go on and we will be back with more "good stories, well told." Now, y'all stay safe, ya hear!   Dear film creators and lovers, Friends, we really didn't want it to come to this. We kept quietly pressing on, putting the finishing touches on our program, watching amazing films and assembling the best 53rd WorldFest-Houston Inter...

53rd Houston International Festival is a go, despite COVID-19, the WUHAN VIRUS!

  Dear Friends, As we put the finishing touches on our exciting 53rd Houston International Festival program, we want to reach out to inform you of the steps we are taking in light of the evolving status of COVID-19. HIFF staff continue to monitor on a daily basis the developments and latest guidelines provided by local, national, and international authorities and at this time we are confident and comfortable in moving forward with the Festival, which will run April 17–26.  W...

Cultural Icon Launches Inaugural Mexican Focus at Worldfest Houston

ANNOUNCING PANORAMA MEXICO Photo Credit: Duyên Nguyen (Pete Garcia of the US-Mexican Chamber of Commerce; Kathleen Haney, Festival Program Director; Hunter Todd, Festival Founder and President; The Honorable Alicia Kerber, Mexican Consul; Fernando Fernandez Ramos of AeroMexico; Nuria Zuñiga Alaniz, Mexican Cultural Attaché; Adrian Flores, Aeromexico)     The 53rd Annual WorldFest-Houston international Film Festival held a launch party for their inaugural ...

The 53rd WorldFest Call for Entries...

This could be you at the 53rd WorldFest-Houston!           The 53rd Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival is now officially open for entries! WorldFest offers competition for Shorts, Documentaries...

WorldFest Houston and looking into the future of Hallyu The Korean Wave at FNS reunion in Seoul

Hunter and Kathleen Todd (Worldfest foiunders), friends of the festivals like David Winning, award winning filmmaker, publicist Susan Gold and Bruno Chatelin were invited to witness and celebrate the 'FNS PREVIEW 2019' forum held at Dongdaemun Design Plaza on the 9th of December. The event, which was held together with the Hallyu Forum of global personnel prior to the business presentation, was co-hosted by FNS developer RnDeep and Fortis, Foxnet, Medi Partner Biotechnology, etc...

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 ...


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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  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...
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