WorldFest was founded over 52 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 After Party, 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).
Stay at the Official HQ WorldFest Hotel, the beautiful Westin Hotel - Memorial City - 945 Gessner Road and enjoy a central location, modern amenities and a warm Texas welcome. Our luxury hotel provides quick access to the Cinemark Theatre and to Memorial City Mall, which offers premium shopping, restaurants and entertainment. The Westin is across the street from the HQ Cinemark Theatre! The HQ Westin is home of the WorldFest Festival Club for meeting with the international filmmakers attending the 52nd 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, 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 11th, 12th, and 13th at 10AM, 1PM & 3PM
WHERE: The WorldFest HQ Hotel – The Westin Houston, Memorial City, 945 Gessner Road Houston, Texas 77024
This year there will also be special High School Breakout Sessions!
"A Career in Filmmaking 101" with Erik Calderon, FLMC Films
Thursday, April 11, at 9:00 AM
"Living and Working as a Filmmaker" with Jenny Waldo, filmmaker and instructor at Houston Community College
Friday, April 12, at 9:00 AM
So You Want to Make a Movie?Nick NicholsonThursday, April 11th at 10:00 AM
Nick Nicholson national film critic will reveal the pitfalls that doom filmmakers to the Razzie list. In addition, 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.
Cut to the DogShawn WellingThursday, April 11th at 1:00 PM
Multi-award winner director, Shawn Welling shares exciting innovations for your next feature or short. Options on how to keep audiences engaged yet not distracted by using animals, macro shots, drones and clever perspectives to enhance a big budget without the cost. Don’t miss the live animal and innovative equipment.
The Dos, The Don'ts and the Better Nots of ScriptwritingNorman Ray FittsThursday, April 11th 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.
It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint…Leigh MurrayFriday, April 12th at 10:00 AM
So go after a story that can get made. Leigh Murray, executive producer of feature and TV films, as well as an established writing consultant and actress, will discuss and show how committing to a goal and seeing the project's progress is the only way to realize your dream of getting your story or script up on the screen. You will come away with a renewed plan on new angles and strategies.
Producing in the Trenches ~Tips and Tricks for Indie Film ProducersJon ScheideFriday, April 12th at 1:00 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.
How to Create a Successful and Award Winning Film Festival StrategyDr. Rebekah Louisa Smith Friday, April 12th at 3:00 PM
Dr. Rebekah Louisa Smith of The Film Festival Doctor in the UK guides you step by step on the importance of film festivals and how to create a carefully planned festival strategy for your film in order to achieve the results and awards that you want.
Conversation with Hal HartleyModerated by Joe LeydonSaturday, April 13th at 10:00 AM
American Indie film director, screenwriter, producer and composer best known for his films Trust, Amateur, and Henry Fool, which are notable for deadpan humor and offbeat characters, provided a career launch for a number of actors, including Adrienne Shelly, Edie Falco, and Martin Donovan. Hartley frequently scores his own films using his pseudonym Ned Rifle, and his soundtracks regularly feature music by indie rock acts Yo La Tengo and PJ Harvey.
Conversation with NASA Houston Cinematographer John StreeterJohn StreeterSaturday, April 13th at 1:00 PM
On Archival and historical footage ranging from the years of early Saturn missile program into the current International Space Station program and how to obtain NASA footage for use in your productions.
WorldFest indie Filmmakers ForumModerated by Multi-Award WorldFest Remi winner, Jon ScheideSaturday, April 13th at 3:00 PM
Ten feature film directors from the 2019 WorldFest Official Selection program will share their experiences on how they completed their award-winning film.
We love all our Sponsors because they help to make WorldFest possible. From the wonderful Memorial City Mall, with some of the finest restaurants in Texas, include our Official HQ restaurant CIRO’s Italian Grill – Sponsors of our Panorama Italia; Cinemark Theatres, our exciting festival cinema partner, we believe that our Sponsors are simply the best! We love the new Westin, our wonderful new HQ host hotel which offers a great central location in near the Cinemark Theatres in Memorial City! 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.