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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.


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 Lelouch’s Roman de Gare and Turkey’s singing sensation Mahsun Kirmizigul’s debut film, White Angel.  All WorldFest events are always 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 Intl Film Festival in April 1968 and has a long list of “discovered” film greats such as Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ridley Scott, David Lynch, Ridley Scott, Oliver Stone, Atom Egoyan, Randall Kleiser, Ang Lee, Robert Rodriguez, Brian de Palma, the Coen Brothers and many others from their beginning efforts with submissions early in their careers. 

Multi award-winning producer/director, Hunter Todd, founded this Int’l. Film festival to honor all categories of film and video production continuing his long dedication of “Discovery” in spotlighting emerging Independent filmmakers, “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. 

The 10-day film festival ran to a smooth finish with several sold-out full houses, 15 World Premieres, 50 Indie feature productions, 76 award winning shorts and over 500 USA and International filmmakers in attendance. 

All film premieres were screened at the Flagship AMC Studio 30 Theatres, a fifth year WorldFest-Houston Cinema partner.

Other major VIP Partner/Sponsors of WorldFest include Eastman Kodak, Microsoft, The Renaissance/Marriott Hotels, The City of Houston, The State of Texas, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Houston Arts Alliance, Budget Rent a Car, Wagner Media, Plus8Digital, NASA/Space Center Houston, Boxer Properties, Green Mountain Energy, The Wellness Center of Houston, Redwood Creek and Barefoot Cellar Vineyards, The Houston Film Commission and The Houston Yacht Club. 

WorldFest’s  REMI Awards Gala on Saturday, April 19th was held in The Renaissance Hotel, VIP partner and official host hotel for the 41st annual WorldFest.  Festivities began with a cocktail reception hosted by The Houston Film Commission.  Five-time World Champion Bagpipe Band from Houston’s St. Thomas Episcopal School launched the awards segment by piping in festival founder, Hunter Todd, leading the parade of beautiful Page Parkes models, award presenters for the special evening. Local celebrity and veteran news anchor, Bob Beaudreault was Co-host. Dance entertainment was presented by MECA Mexican Folkloric Dancers of Houston followed by the Champion Scottish Highland St. Thomas Episcopal School dancers with a grand finale of Shawn Welling’s Planet Funk Academy’s premiere dancers who performed a high-energy dance mix created especially for the gala. 

 WorldFest conducted Six Film Industry Seminars concluding with the ever popular Indie Forum of WorldFest Directors moderated by David Winning, a multi-award winner at WorldFest. Producer DJ Paul a longtime festival friend returned with his directorial debut film B.O.H.I.C.A. and presented the Indie Financing Seminar. Panorama Entertainment’s Stuart Strutin presented Distribution for Indies, Hollywood’s Jon Scheide offered Protocol for Scriptwriters and Laura Pennino of Pennino and Partners presented How to Promote your Indie Project and award-winning Canadian Documentarian Alan Mendelsohn’s Docs on a Dime rounded out the WorldFest Master Class Production Seminars this year. 

WorldFest 2008 Grand REMI Awards are:

BEST THEATRICAL FEATURE to Before the Rains, Santosh Sivan, Director & Ashok Rao, Executive Producer, Excalibur Pictures, USA/India;

BEST FILM & VIDEO to Stop the Aerial Hunting of Wolves in Alaska, Bill Burnett, GVI, DC;

BEST TV & CABLE PRODUCTION to Extraterrestrial, Nataliya Gerovska, STAR MEDIA, Kiev, UKRAINE;

BEST NEW MEDIA, Creative Capers Entertainment Website by Creative Capers of Montrose, CA;

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM & VIDEO to Pablo Millan for Long Path of Stone, ArteAutor, Lugo, SPAIN;

BEST SHORT SUBJECT to Bill Block for The Drummer, Bill Block Films, NY, USA;

BEST TV COMMERCIAL to Max Gutierrez for Guinness “At Last”, NY, USA;

BEST STUDENT FILM to Julia Schwarz for Nachts Das Leben, GERMANY;

BEST MUSIC VIDEO to Rosemary Garner for Weird Al  - Mixed Up S.O.B., Seattle, WA 

All other award results from this year’s WorldFest competition are posted on our website at – There were more than 4,500 category entries in all film and video competitions, and around 15% of the entries won awards. 

WorldFest Closing Day Festivities included a special VIP tour of NASA & Space Center Houston with a Regatta & Texas BBQ & Marimba Band party hosted by The Houston Yacht Club.

The final event was back at the AMC cinema for two Closing Night films, Roman de Gare, directed by Claude Lelouch and White Angel, (Istanbul, Turkey) which won the Special Jury Award for Best Director (Mahsun Kirmizigul) and also the Best International Feature Gold Cup presented by the Russian-American Business Magazine. 

During the 10-day festival, over 500 filmmakers from more than 33 nations around the world were in attendance to personally accept their various awards from this year’s WorldFest’s competition of thousands of submitted category entries.

Dates for WorldFest-Houston #42 are April 18-April 27, 2009. 

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 September.

Entries officially open August 15th, 2008. Main deadline is December 15, 2008.

You may download official entry forms from our Internet website starting August 1st 2008. We are now streaming particular Remi Award winners on our website!

WorldFest-Houston, PO Box 56566, Houston, Texas 77256-6566


Comments (1)

is mahsuns film really good or?

so many people tell about it!


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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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