Everything was laid out impeccably, and everyone was extremely nice and efficient. Already my Gold Award had wielded some power. In a meeting set for the day after my return from WorldFest, news of the honor helped in initiating negotiations as to getting the series represented.
The staff was kind and courteous, and WorldFest itself had a lot to offer both the Houston film going public and distributors looking for films for distribution. I was treated like a real VIP in Houston.
WorldFest was a terrific experience for both of us. The people we met, the work we saw and the encouragement we received provided a much-needed boost after those long hours spent in front of the small screen – the computer – in preparation for the big screen. We have a nice post-festival buzz going and are experiencing firsthand the kind of well-earned respect WorldFest has in the industry.
We met so many talented people and saw so many wonderful films from all over the world. We feel honored to have been part of it all. Not to mention the fact that we had a great time. It was a First Class Festival all the way.
From the very moment I arrived, I was treated with great care, respect and understanding, something independent filmmakers rarely experience, unless they can make some money for someone. Yes, it was the greatest experience, not only because of the way my film and I were treated, and the tireless work of your small staff, but because this festival stands for what I believe in: The Artist and his work. That said, I hereby claim WorldFest as MY FESTIVAL!
For a filmmaker more concerned with passion than commerce, it is an extraordinary honor; it is a great thrill; it is a deep vindication; it is a great encouragement. It is also a career enhancing opportunity for which I am extremely grateful. Thank you for being the kind of festival director who actually cares about creativity and not just political agendas, who sees films from the standpoint of a filmmaker and not an agent. Thank you for creating the kind of festival which honors independent films and passionate filmmakers. In short, thank you for WorldFest.
I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me such a wonderful experience at WorldFest such a wonderful festival, and I hope to return, with or without a film.
The core of integrity of WorldFest that inspired me throughout the festival survives as a validating flame now as I reflect on it. To leave the festival with such unshakable enthusiasm as I did is of course a reflection of the dedication and talent of the artists who gathered there. That you made this opportunity possible for me, that you have done so for others for more than thirty years, and will continue to do so, bespeaks a beautiful vision and commitment of which I find myself in awe.
Kathleen & Hunter, I wanted to thank you so much for allowing us to participate in your awesome film festival. We had a wonderful time. And also apologize for not getting back to you sooner, or actually even talking to you as much as we had wanted. We’ve had so much going on lately, as since we’ve left Houston we have been in three more festivals and picked up two more awards. One was a grand jury award for best feature! In addition, having so many of my family there, and keeping track of all that. Oh my, I think I need a personal assistant! Anyway, it was your festival that kicked it all off for us! So, thanks once again. And we hope to see you in the future!! (We do have plans to shoot our next project in Texas next year.)
Dear Mr. Hunter Todd, Madam Kathleen Haney and the Members of the Jury, It is with great pleasure and appreciation that I accept these prestigious Gold Remi Awards from the 45th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival, on behalf and for the entire cast and crew of the first Eritrean Feature film “TIGISTI” to be entered, to be nominated and to win two Gold Remi Awards. As it is said time and again, it is here that excellence is recognized, talent is discovered and artistic creativity is encouraged. This means a great deal for the young Eritrean Film Industry and the aspiring artists to be Discovered as the film greats that went through this path. Again, I thank you very much for showing us the way of hope to do better.