Attending The 51st Annual WorldFest-Houston

April 20-29, 2018

WorldFest was founded over 51 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 ($200 to all shows, includes Opening Night), the VIP Gold Pass to all shows and the nine Master Class Seminars on film production ($500), up to the ultimate VIP Platinum Pass ($1000) with something for everyone. The VIP "Carte Blanche" Platinum Pass includes (for one person) all film Premieres, all Receptions, Opening Night Film & Champagne Gala, the Festival Club to meet & mingle with more than 1,000 Intl filmmakers form 74 nations over the ten days, Nine Film Industry Master Class Seminars, the Remi Grand Awards Dinner & Champagne Reception and Closing Day festivities (VIP Police Escort NASA Rocket Park Tour, the 31st Annual Houston Yacht Club/Consular Regatta and Texas Barbecue with real Texas Longhorns for Photo Ops, and Closing Night Film).


The Official Festival Theater

The Memorial City Cinemark Theatres Memorial City Mall Houston, Texas 77024 Directions to Theater


Stay at the Official HQ WorldFest 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 to Memorial City Mall, which offers premium shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Hop on the complimentary WorldFest shuttle van 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 Memorial City Cinemark Theatres. The HQ Marriott Westchase is home of the WorldFest Festival Club for meeting with the international filmmakers attending the 51st WorldFest-Houston.


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. $300 for the Master Class Pass, included in the VIP Gold and VIP Platinum Passes.

WHEN: April 26th, 27th, 28th at 10AM, 1PM & 3PM
WHERE: The WorldFest HQ Hotel – The Westchase Marriott Hotel, 2900 Briarpark Drive, Houston 77042

Nick Nicholson
So You Want to Make a Movie? Nick Nicholson Thursday, April 26th at 10:00 AM

Nick Nicholson national film critic will reveal the pitfalls that doom filmmakers to the Razzie list. The discussion will also cover what will make critics praise your projects instead. Member, Broadcast Film Critics Association, Broadcast Television Journalists Association, News 92, CNN Radio.

Nick Nicholson
Cut to the Dog Shawn Welling Thursday, April 26th at 1:00 PM

Director Shawn Welling shares innovations for your next feature or short. Explore many options on how to keep audiences engaged yet not distracted by using animals, macro shots, drones and clever perspectives to enhance a film without the cost of a big budget. Don’t miss the live animal and innovative equipment.

Nick Nicholson
The Dos, The Don'ts and the Better Nots of Scriptwriting Norman Ray Fitts Thursday, April 26th at 3:00 PM

Norman Ray Fitts 25 year veteran with 6 published novels and more than 60 screenplay. He will discuss components of a screenplay; what they are, their nomenclature and how and when they're used. You will leave this session knowing exactly how to write an industry standard screenplay.

Nick Nicholson
SAG/AFTRA and Casting Mykle McCoslin & Trish Avery Friday, April 27th at 10:00 AM

The Myths and Mastery of Working with Professionals. Join SAG-AFTRA's Mykle McCoslin, regional actor and 1st VP of Houston-Austin Local and Trish Avery, Executive Director of DFW Local for an informative session on working with professional actors. Learn the language of talent on the set and the basics of working with SAG-AFTRA film contracts.

Nick Nicholson
Directing Actors for the Cinema Gary Chason ,Writer/ Producer/Director/Actor Friday, April 27th at 1:00 PM

A lecture-demonstration on the do's and don'ts of drawing the best performance out of an actor; Text vs. Subtext; ask don't tell; working with non-actors; line readings.Volunteers from audience may participate.

Nick Nicholson
Producing in the Trenches ~Tips and Tricks for Indie Film Producers Jon Scheide Friday, April 27th at 3:00 PM

Producer, Writer, and Director with 20+ years in the entertainment industry, Jon is based in Los Angeles, but has shot in 17 states including Texas and 11 countries. His career includes work in both feature film and TV, scripted, non-scripted plus digital content. Jon has personally overseen numerous projects from conception and development, through inancing into production, post and distribution.

Nick Nicholson
NASA Clips John T. Streeter Saturday, April 28th at 10:00 AM

NASA TV Producer/ Writer/ Editor/ Director is a 2-time Lone Star Emmy Award winner. John will take you step by step through the process of finding official NASA archival footage, from the early days of the Apollo space program to today's International Space Station and beyond.

Nick Nicholson
All About Drones Duncan Jonhson - Welling Productions Saturday, April 28th at 1:00 PM

Houston based filmmaker who has been in the industry for over 10 years. He shoots a variety of work ranging from narrative to corporate that utilize his skills in drone cinematography on a daily basis. Having worked with drones all over the country, he love to share his knowledge and experience with filmmakers of all levels. For the past decade Duncan has been Cinematographer and drone operator on over 7 features and many shorts.

Nick Nicholson
WorldFest Indie Filmmakers’ Forum Canadian Director David Winning Saturday, April 28th at 3:00 PM

Ten feature film directors from the 2018 WorldFest Official Selection program will share their experiences on the completion of their award-winning films.

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We love all our Sponsors because they help to make WorldFest possible. From Memorial City Mall, with some of the restaurants in Texas; Cinemark Theatres, our wonderful new festival cinema partner, 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 Cinemark Theatres in Memorial City 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.


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