Competition Categories

Competition Categories for the 51st Annual WorldFest-Houston. Entries Officially Open as of Tuesday, August 15th, 2017! The FINAL Online Entry Deadline is JAN 15, 2018 Online, BUT if you can get your Entries in our office by JAN 31, 2018 ~ all is well! WorldFest will now accept Online Screeners via FilmFreeway.com – or via the Online or Printed Entry Form. We will require a Jump Drive, BluRay or DCP if your entry is selected for screening. The juries will be hard at work through to the end of February 2018 and we will inform winners by Saturday, March 31st, 2018!

Independent Shorts
Independent Experimental Films & Videos
Independent Theatrical Features
Independent Study Films & Videos
Television and Cable Production
TV Commercials / Public Service Announcements
Film & Video Production
Screenplays
Music Videos
NEW MEDIA (INCLUDING WEBSITES & 3D PRODUCTIONS)

FILM & VIDEO PRODUCTION

Independent Shorts

301. Animated (Classic Cel Animation)
302. Animated (Clay & Other)
303. Anime / Manga
304. Comedy – Adaptation
305. Comedy – Black / Dark
306. Comedy – Original
307. Comedy – Romantic
308. Computer Generated / CGI / Mixed Media
309. Documentary (under 60 minutes)
310. Dramatic – Adaptation
311. Dramatic – Original
312. Family / Children
313. Fantasy / Horror
314. Historical
315. Live Action – Narrative (Little or No Dialogue)
316. Suspense / Thriller
317. Science Fiction
318. Westerns
319. Work in Progress – Shorts
320A. The SPACE Awards, any short film using NASA stock footage as a critical part of the film.

CRAFT CATEGORIES:
320. Cinematography – Shorts
321. Directing – Shorts
322. Editing – Shorts
323. Use of Go-Pro Cameras
324. Music – Shorts
325. Make-up & Special Make-up Effects Design
326. Screenplay / Script of entered short
327. Use of Drones
328. Visual / Special FX / CGI

INDEPENDENT EXPERIMENTAL FILMS & VIDEOS

350. Animated (Classic Cel Animation)
351. Animated (Clay and Other Techniques)
352. Anime / Manga
353. Comedy
354. Computer Generated / Mixed Media
355. Dramatic
356. Fantasy / Horror
357. Film & Video Art
358. Live Action (Little or No Dialogue)
359. Work in Progress – Experimental

INDEPENDENT THEATRICAL FEATURES

001. Action / Adventure
002. Animated (Any Technique)
003. Anime / Manga
004. Docu-Drama
005. Documentary
006. Comedy
007. Comedy – Black/Dark
008. Comedy – Romantic
009. Christian
009A. Crime Drama
010. Dramatic
011. Suspense / Thriller
012. Experimental / Dogma
013. Family / Children
014. Fantasy / Horror
015. First Feature
016. Foreign
017. Historical / Period Piece
018. Low Budget (under 250 thousand)
019. Mature / Adult Themes
020. Musical
021. Romance
022. Science Fiction
023. Westerns
024. Work in Progress – Feature Films
025A. The SPACE Awards, any short film using NASA stock footage as a critical part of the film.

CRAFT CATEGORIES:
025. Art Direction (additional category only)
026. Cinematography (additional category only)
027. CGI / Computer Generated SFX
028. Directing (additional category only)
029. Editing (additional category only)
030. Music Score (additional category only)
031. Make-up & Special Make-up Effects Design
032. Screenplay / Script of entered feature

*** For Titles, Trailers, Lead-ins & Logos – See TV Commercials / PSAs Category #460.

INDEPENDENT STUDY FILMS & VIDEOS

All may be entered in any two additional categories at no extra fee. A copy of your student ID is fine, or a letter from your school.

601. Graduate Level Student Productions
602. College Level Student Productions
603. High School Level Student Productions
604. Middle / Grade School & Below (14 & Younger)
605. Student Screenplays (of unproduced films/videos)

TELEVISION AND CABLE PRODUCTION

101. Animated
102. Anime / Manga
103. Analysis / Background of a Single Current News Story
104. Children’s Audience
105. Comedy
106. Continuing News Story Coverage
107. Cultural
108. Documentary
109. Education
110. Entertainment
111. Feature Made for Television / Cable
112. Health & Wellness
113. Individual On-Camera Talent
114. Information, Cultural or Historical Programming – Program
115. Information, Cultural or Historical Program – Series
116. Lifestyle Programming – Program
117. Lifestyle Programming – Series
118. Information, Cultural or Historical Programming – Segment
119. Interviews
120. Infomercials
121. Interstitials
122. Investigative Journalism
123. Live Events
124. Local Public Service
125. Local Television Programming
126. Movie Trailers
127. Nature / Wildlife
128. Network / Station / Cable Promotion
129. News & Documentary Program Directing
130. News & Documentary Program Editing / Graphics
131. News & Documentary Program Videography
132. News & Documentary Program Research / Writing
133. News & News Features
134. Pilots
135. Political / Commentary
136. Program / Individual / Technical Achievements
137. Public Affairs Programs
138. Reality-Based Programs
139. Religious Programs
140. Single Breaking News Story Coverage
141. Sports
142. Talk Shows
143. Travel / Tourism
144. TV Mini-series (3-12 Episodes)
145. TV Series – Comedy
146. TV Series – Documentary
147. TV Series – Dramatic (1-3 shows for all Series entries)
148. TV Series – Family / Children
149. TV Series – Informational
150. TV Special – Comedy
151. TV Special – Documentary
152. TV Special – Dramatic
153. TV Special – Family / Children
154A. The SPACE Awards, any TV production using NASA stock footage as a critical part of the film.

CRAFT CATEGORIES:
154. Animation
155. Art Direction
156. Cinematography / Videography
157. Copywriting
158. Direction
159. Editing
160. Graphics
161. Hi-Def / New Technology / HD
162. Humor / Comedy
163. Lighting
164. Music
165. Screenplay / Screenwriter / Script of entered production
166. Set Design
167. Sound / Sound Design
168. Special EFX / Computer Graphics
169. Station / Programs / Openings / Promos / Cable
170. Talent / Host On-Screen
171. Use of Drones
172. Use of GoPro Cameras

TV COMMERCIALS / PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

401. Amusement
402. Animated (Cel Animation)
403. Animated (Computer Graphics)
404. Apparel / Accessories
405. Associations
406. Automotive
407. Audio & Video
408. Automotive Products
409. Baked Goods
410. Bank / Financial (under $500M Assets)
411. Bank/Financial (over $500M Assets)
412. Beverages – Alcoholic
413. Beverages – Non Alcoholic
414. Beverages – Soft Drinks
415. Business Equipment / Services
416. Children’s Products
417. Collectibles / Gifts
418. Computers / Software / Games
419. Confections / Snacks
420. Consumer Electronics
421. Corporate Identity / Communications
422. Cosmetics / Perfume / Beauty
423. Cultural Institutions / Organizations
424. Dairy Products
425. Department Store / Mass Retailer
426. Direct Response
427. Drug & Alcohol Abuse
428. Education
429. Entertainment / Amusement
430. Environment / Social Issues
431. Events
432. Fashion / Clothing / Apparel
433. Financial Services (non-bank)
434. Fitness
435. Foods / Beverages / Groceries
436. Fuel / Gas / Oil
437. Fund Raising & Appeals
438. Green / Ecology / Conservation
439. Health / Health Care Services / Wellness
440. Hispanic / Latin Market
441. Home Furnishings / Major Appliances
442. Hospitals
443. House & Garden
444. Household Consumer Products
445. Institutional Identity
446. Insurance
447. International
448. Internet / Web
449. Laundry Products
450. Lawn / Garden Products
451. Law / Legal / Legal Services / Lawyer
452. Local Spot
453. Lottery
454. Low Budget (under $5000)
455. Machinery
456. Mall / Shopping Center
457. Media / Magazine Promotion
458. Medical / Optical / Dentistry
459. Movie Trailers / Titles / Logos
460. Newspapers / Publications
461. Not For Profit / Charitable
462. Orphans / Spec Spots
463. Patriotic
464. Personal / Gift Items
465. Pet Products
466. Pharmaceuticals
467. Political / Campaign
468. Professional Services
469. Public Health
470. Public Service
471. Publishers / Media
472. Real Estate
473. Recreation
474. Recreation Equipment
475. Regional Spot
476. Religion / Spirituality
477. Restaurants / Food Service
478. Retail
479. Sample / Show Reels (enter as a TVC Series for entry fees)
480. Series / Campaign
481. Services
482. Sports / Sporting Goods / Games
483. Station / Programs / Openings / Promos / Cable
484. Telecommunications / Internet Services
485. Tourism
486. Toiletries
487. Transportation
488. Travel / Leisure
489. Utilities
490. Universities / Colleges / Schools
491. World Peace & Understanding

CRAFT CATEGORIES:
492. Animation
493. Cinematography / Videography
494. Copywriting
495. Direction / Art Direction
496. Editing
497. Graphics
498. Hi-Def / New Technology / HD
499. Humor / Comedy
500. Music
501. Screenplay / Screenwriter / Script of entered production
502. Set Design
503. Sound / Sound Design
504. Special EFX / Computer Graphics
505. Station / Programs / Openings / Promos / Cable
506. Talent / Host On-Screen
507. Videography / Cinematography

508. Use of Drones
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FILM & VIDEO PRODUCTION

201. Advertising / Promotional
202. Agriculture
203. Arts / Cultural
204. Automotive
205. Biographical or Autobiographical
206. Charitable / Non-Profit
207. Children’s
208. Community Management Urban & Rural
209. Corporate Image & Orientation
210. Corporate Communication
211. Cultural
212. Documentary
213. Direct Marketing
214. Ecology / Environment / Conservation
215. Educational / Instructional – Adult
216. Educational / Instructional – Children
217. Employee Communications
218. Entertainment
219. Ethnic / Cultural
220. Family Matters
221. Flight / Space Travel
222. Fund Raising
223. Government Relations
224. Hobby / Crafts
225. How To’s / Instructional
226. History & Archaeology
227. Human Sexuality
228. Independent Video
229. Industrial / Technical
230. In-Flight Cinema
231. In-House Productions
232. Insurance
233. Legal
234. Leisure & Recreation
235. Live Events
236. Manufacturing
237. Medical / Health / Fitness / Wellness
238. Medical / Treatments / Procedures
239. Motivational
240. Nature & Wildlife
241. Nuclear / Energy Issues
242. Oceanography / Marine Biology
243. Performance Arts-Dance, Drama, Music
244. Pharmaceuticals
245. Political / International Issues
246. Production Co / Ad Agency Demo Reel
247. Public Relations
248. Public Service
249. Public Health
250. Recruiting / Career Guidance
251. Religion / Ethics / Spirituality
252. Safety / First Aid
253. Sailing / Water Sports
254. Sales & Marketing – Consumer
255. Sales & Marketing – Industry
256. Science & Research
257. Social / Economic Issues
258. Sports
259. Substance Abuse
260. Travel / Tourism
261. Training
262. Underwater & Marine Science
262A. Wedding Videos
263. Women’s Issues
264. World Peace & Understanding
265A. The SPACE Awards, any production using NASA stock footage as a critical part of the film.

CRAFT CATEGORIES:
265. Art Direction
266. Behind The Scenes productions
267. Cinematography / Videography
268. Copywriting
269. Direction
270. Editing
271. EPK’s (Electronic Press Kits)
272. Hi-Def / New Technology
273. Humor / Comedy
274. Music
275. Screenplay / Script of entered production
276. Special EFX / Computer Graphics
277. Talent – On/Off Camera
278. Use of Drones
279. Use of Go Pro Cameras

SCREENPLAYS

Screenplays must be bound in some way—2 or 3 brad or spiral bound. Should run from 70 to 120-150 pages for a standard 2 hour feature film. Not accepted loose-leaf in a box, or with a clip! Unproduced screenplays only. You may put your name and other info on the Title Page. We do not accept on-line screenplays, our judges do not use Kindle, they like to hold your script in their hand and read it … very old school, we know! We do require a brief Synopsis (Appx 100 words or so) for the judges to review prior to reading your Screenplay.

701. Action / Adventure
702. Biographical
703. Comedy – Adaptation
704. Comedy – Dark or Black Comedy
705. Comedy – Original
706. Comedy – Romantic
707. Dramatic – Adaptation
708. Dramatic – Original
709. Family / Children
710. Fantasy / Science Fiction
711. Historical / Period Piece
712. Horror / Thriller / Mystery
713. Romance
714. Short Film Screenplays (under 60 pages, lower entry fee)
715. Spiritual / Religious / Christian
716. Teleplays (under 60 pages, lower entry fee)
717. Westerns

MUSIC VIDEOS

801. Country & Western (C&W)
802. Children’s
803. Christian
804. Classical
805. Group
806. Instrumental
807. Jazz / Experimental / New Age
808. Latin / Hispanic
809. New Artist
810. R & B / Soul / Rap / Hip-Hop
811. Religious
812. Rock / R&R
813. Specials / Shows
814. Stage / Concert Performance
815. Vocalist (Any genre)
816. World Music / Techno
817A. The SPACE Awards, any Music Video film using NASA stock footage as a critical part of the Music Video.

CRAFT CATEGORIES:
817. Art Direction
818. Cinematography/Videography
819. Copywriting
820. Direction / Art Direction
821. Editing
822. Hi-Def / New Technology
823. Humor / Comedy
824. Low Budget (Under $5,000)
825. Music
826. Special EFX / Computer Graphics
827. Talent – On/off Camera

NEW MEDIA (INCLUDING WEBSITES & 3D PRODUCTIONS)

901. Hi-Def / New Technology
902. Interactive – Adult / Professional
903. Interactive – Business
904. Interactive – Children
905. Interactive – Educational – Adult / Professional
906. Interactive – Educational – Children
907. Interactive – Entertainment
908. Large Format – IMAX®
909. Meeting Openers, Breaks, Closings
910. Multi-Video (3 + screens, may be entered on composite DVD or Jump Drive)
911. Video Walls (may be entered on composite DVD or Jump Drive)
912. Websites
913. Best Copy / Writing – Websites
914. Best Green Website
915. Best Home / Intro / Welcome Page
916. Best Website Navigation / Structure
917. Best Use of Animation / Graphics
918. Best Website Visual Design – Graphic
919. Best Website Visual Design – Function
920. Cellular Media – Personal Videos
921. Cellular Media – Commercial Videos
922. Video Podcast
923. Web Series (3 or more episodes)
924. 3D Digital Productions (DVD iV SBS -Side By Side – 3D Contents)