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Competition Categories

WorldFest is really TEN festivals in one because we believe in the synergy of the many facets of filmmaking. WorldFest offers competition in Short Subjects, Theatrical Features, Film & Video Productions, TV Commercials, Television & Cable & Web Productions, Scripts, New Media, Music Videos and Experimental Productions.

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Remi Winners

Our previous Remi Award winners speak for themselves about how valuable it is to personally experience and receive an award from the 49 year-old festival that discovered Speilberg, Lucas, Lynch, Kleiser, Ang Lee plus many other famous directors with their very first top awards. Click here to see a list of quotes.

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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 the world of 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.

WHEN: April 14th, 15th, 16th at 10AM, 1PM & 3PM
WHERE: The WorldFest HQ Hotel

Nick Nicholson
Making a Movie with the Write Stuff! Nick Nicholson Thursday, April 14th 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.

Nick Nicholson
DIRECTING ACTORS FOR THE CINEMA Gary Chason Thursday, April 14th at 1:00 PM

Writer/Producer/Director/Actor A lecture & demo on the 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.

Nick Nicholson
SAG/AFTRA & CASTING Mykle McCoslin & Trish Avery Thursday, April 14th at 3:00 PM

Houstonian Mykle McCoslin & Trish Avery, Executive Director, Dallas-Fort Worth Local SAG/AFTRA will conduct an exciting SAG-AFTRA Informational session designed specifically for Indie filmmakers.

Nick Nicholson
SCRIPT TO SCREEN Casey Kelly Friday, April 15th at 10:00 AM

Casey Kelly is a 25-year veteran WCA screenwriter with sales to NBC, ABC CBS, Disney, Lifetime, PBS, Paramount, Columbia & Universal. An AFI Directing for Women grant recipient (WorldFest Remi Award for The Other Woman), Kelly teaches scriptwriting at numerous venues.

Nick Nicholson
DRONES FOR INDIE FILMMAKERS Shawn Welling Friday, April 15th at 1:00 PM

Shawn Welling will discuss how to incorporate Drones and their magic into films. With 4 award winning feature length films under his belt, Shawn has seamlessly integrated the science and art of bringing aerial cinematic photography as an exciting new and much more affordable element than it has ever been before.

Nick Nicholson
"Based on a True Story: Fact vs. Fiction in Screenwriting" Leigh Murray Friday, April 15th at 3:00 PM

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.

Nick Nicholson
A CONVERSATION WITH A NASA Television Producer, Writer and Editor John T. Streeter Saturday, April 16th at 10:00 AM

Conversation with a NASA Houston Cinematographer 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.

Nick Nicholson
The Ethics of Place, Character, Dialogue and Culture in Film Regent University Dean Dr. Mitchell Land Saturday, April 16th at 1:00 PM

The importance of being true to the time period that is being portrayed in film. One of the best examples of a producer/director who gets this right is Ron Maxwell and his Civil War films: Gods and Generals, Gettysburg, and Copperhead.

Nick Nicholson
WORLDFEST INDIE FILMMAKERS FORUM Canadian Director David Winning Saturday, April 16th at 3:00 PM

WORLDFEST INDIE FILMMAKERS FORUM Moderated by Multi-Award WorldFest Remi Award winner, Canadian Director David Winning. Ten feature film directors from the 2016 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 wine sponsor, Becker Vineyards, in Stonewall, Texas whose brilliant wines have won double Gold in French wine competition, we believe that our Sponsors are simply the best! We love Doubletree by Hilton, our wonderful host hotel which offers a great central location in Greenway Plaza, modern amenities and warm Texas welcome! 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 design concepts 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.


Boxer Property AMC Independent City of Houston Lopez Negrete Communications Houston Yacht Club Action Limo Texas Commission on the Arts The Homestead 1776 Film Freeway National Endowment for the Arts Avis / Budget Arcodoro Houston Arts Alliance Becker Vineyards InkTip Houston Baptist University Regent University Film School Universal Film & Festival Organisation NASA Texas Film Commission