WorldFest was founded over 50 years ago as 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.
Come and see award winning films from all around the world, some of which may never be seen on the Silver Screen
again due to the strange & mysterious ways of film distribution… Single admission tickets begin at $7.50 for Matinee
Shows, $12.50 for all Evening Premieres and range all the way from the VIP Film Buff Pass ($100, any 11 shows, not
including Opening Night), the VIP Silver Screen Pass ($150 to all shows, includes Opening Night), the VIP Gold Pass
to all shows and the nine Master Class Seminars on film production, up to the ultimate VIP Platinum Pass ($750) with
something for everyone. The VIP "Carte Blanche" Platinum Pass includes (for one person) all film Premieres, all
Receptions, Opening Night Film & Champagne Gala, Nine Film Industry Master Class Seminars, the Remi Grand
Awards Ceremony and Closing Day festivities (NASA Rocket Park Tour, the 31st Annual Houston Yacht Club/Consular
Regatta and Texas Barbecue and Closing Night Film).
Stay at WorldFest HQ Hotel, the beautiful Marriot Westchase Hotel Houston – 2900 Briarpark Drive and enjoy a central
location, modern amenities and a warm Texas welcome. Our recently renovated luxury hotel provides quick access to the
downtown area and the Galleria, which offers premium shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Hop on the complimentary
Galleria shuttle and ride to any destination within a three-mile radius of our Houston hotel to visit all the activities this area
has to offer. Free Festival Shuttles daily to the AMC Studio 30 Dunvale HQ Theater. Home of the WorldFest Festival Club for
meeting with the international filmmakers attending the 50th WorldFest.
Come and see what the heart of the film industry is all about with this set of innovative and exciting topics
such as Casting for Indie Films, SAG/AFTRA, noted Film Critic Nick Nicholson's take on the world of Independent
film, Drones for Indie Filmmaking, All about DCP, NASA insiders tips for amazing footage for filmmakers, to our traditional
Indie Directors’ Forum, Scriptwriters Hollywood Protocol plus much more. $295 for the Master Class Pass, included in the
VIP Gold and VIP Platinum Passes.
WHEN: April 27th, 28th, 29th at 10AM, 1PM & 3PM
WHERE: The WorldFest HQ Hotel – The Westchase Marriott Hotel, 2900 Briarpark Drive, Houston 77042
Making a Movie with the Write Stuff!Nick NicholsonThursday, April 27th at 10:00 AM
National film critic Nick Nicholson will reveal the seemingly ever-elusive list of things to do and not to do in your film projects on topics of writing, directing, producing, distribution and all in between. Member, Broadcast Film Critics Assn., Broadcast TV Journalist Assn., SAG-AFTRA, HCC-TV & CNN Radio & Co-founder of Houston Film Critics Society.
Cut to the DogShawn WellingThursday, April 27th at 1:00 PM
Multi-award winner Shawn Welling shares innovative ways to shoot your next feature or short. Explore many options on how to keep audiences engaged yet not distracted by using animals, macro shots, drones, & clever perspectives to enhance a big budget look without a big budget. Fresh tricks of the trade and don’t miss the live animal & innovative equipment.
DIRECTING ACTORS FOR THE CINEMAGary ChasonThursday, April 27th at 3:00 PM
Gary Chason Writer/Producer/Director/Actor Gary Chason covers do's & don'ts of drawing the best performance out of an actor; Text vs. Subtext; ask don't tell; working with non-actors; line readings, with volunteers from audience and some actors, too.
Based on a True Story: Fact vs. Fiction in ScreenwritingLeigh MurrayFriday, April 28th at 10:00 AM
Conducted by Ellen Leigh Murray, Actress/Producer/WorldFest Script Judge, known for Deadly Pursuits, The Outside Woman and Stolen Women, Captured Hearts. Leigh will discuss where the solid points to divert from reality exist and how to best present the story to viewers in a dramatic and visual fashion.
The Action Starts at CUTLee ChambersFriday, April 28th at 1:00 PM
Canadian multi-award winning director/producer & educator, Chambers, is a graduate of Leeds Metropolitan University Film Program in the UK. He has worked on TV shows for BBC and feature films for Miramax. In a stand-up style with large doses of humor, Lee educates & inspires with tips on balancing the business & the art, appreciating the craft as well as anecdotal war stories and life on the set.
Docs PBS StyleDave MillerFriday, April 28th at 3:00 PM
Virginia filmmaker, Dave Miller, has worked with NBC affiliates and managed cable television for local government and the Virginia educational system. He will demonstrate how to successfully make, promote, sell, and screen a PBS style film as well as how to produce local TV programs & documentaries. The class will feature lots of video clips and will be an open discussion format.
Conversation with NASA’S Cinematographer John StreeterJohn T. StreeterSaturday, April 29th at 10:00 AM
Archival and historical footage ranging from the years of early Saturn missile program into the current International Space Station program is discussed and shown how to obtain NASA footage for use in your productions.
Indie Film FinanceJohn ConesSaturday, April 29th at 1:00 PM
With over 23 years’ experience in Los Angeles, John Cones is a film finance attorney, author and lecturer working in the broad field of film finance focusing on legalities of investor-financing of independent entertainment projects (primarily Indie features & Documentaries) & business start-ups.
WorldFest Indie Filmmakers’ ForumCanadian Director David WinningSaturday, April 29th at 3:00 PM
Ten feature film directors from the 2017 WorldFest Official Selection program will share their experiences on the completion of their award-winning films.
We love all our Sponsors because they help to make WorldFest possible. From Arcodoro, one of the best Italian restaurants in Texas & the very finest Sardinian restaurant in Houston; AMC Entertainment, our festival cinema partner now for over 30 years to our wonderful VIP Sponsor, Celebrity Cruises, we believe that our Sponsors are simply the best! We love the Marriott Westchase, our wonderful HQ host hotel which offers a great central location in near the AMC Theater with Shuttles for our festival guests! The premiere office company in Houston is Boxer Property! So much of the work done behind the scenes is produced by the brilliant creative team at Lopez Negrete Communications who inspire us with their amazing graphics design concepts and brilliant Web Design each year… Whenever possible, we encourage you to patronize their services to let them know they are appreciated for what they do in support of our cause. We are certainly proud of them and Thankful for their belief in our mission to ‘validate excellence’ in emerging and Independent cinema.