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Dear Mr. Todd,

I wanted to send a quick note to thank you again for organizing a beautiful
festival. I’m honored that “Circles” was a part of it, and was thrilled to
hear from you during the Awards Gala that it was “extremely well received
by the audience”! (I’m adding Worldfest’s honors to my film’s website and
press kit this week–would you mind if I included your quote?)

Thank you again for recognizing my film with a Gold Remi Award. I’m looking
forward to showing more of my work in the future at Worldfest, and
continuing to meet talented and passionate filmmakers.


Kaitlin Puccio, Director “CIRCLES”

Dear Hunter Todd & Kathleen Haney,

Thank you so much for your gracious hospitality during WorldFest Houston 2014! This was my first film festival and you made me feel welcome from the day I arrived. Everything about the festival was simply incredible to me. I was able to meet so many interesting people from around the world and they were all so nice! You really have a talent for putting together a wonderful group of people and films and I can’t thank you enough for an experience I will treasure forever. The Gala Awards was so well executed and better than anything I could have imagined. Cheers to a job well done!

I can’t wait to get back to work on another film in hopes of returning to WorldFest! My goal is a Grand Remi someday. I will always remember filmmaking is about a good story, well told. So simple and meaningful!!

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart to you and your amazing team! You are the best!

Brad Birkeland
“The Invitation”

Brad Birkeland, Director ~ THE INVITATION

Dear Hunter Todd,

thank you very much for this wonderful festival and the awards gala and the day after. I enjoyed your awesome hospitality. Ill never forget this great event.

So, thank you very much again.

Best regards from Berlin,

Alexander Feist
Schiffbauerdamm 40
10117 Berlin

Alexander Feist, Director

Dear Hunter,
I can’t thank you enough for the amazing event known as Worldfest. You and your team are so well organized, so professional and so caring, it was overwhelming. I’m so grateful and honored to have been included in the festival and will always remember how special it is. Please send my respect and admiration to Elease, she’s an absolute gem. Hopefully, you are all getting a well deserved rest.
All the Best,

Heather M. Spencer
Mission Positive Films

Heather Spencer, Director

Dear Hunter:

I wanted to thank you for being so gracious in hosting everyone at WorldFest Houston International Film Festival. You really have created a fab venue for film here in Texas ! Loved how you personally navigated the buses to the Houston Yacht Club so that they would not get lost, and took some of us out on your yacht before the weather got bad. The BBQ was delicious, and so was the music.

I was not sure if I would win, and am deeply humbled that I won a Gold Remi for my screenplay “Corrupt” as a feature film. Just to be nominated is such an honor. I connected with fabulous people in film and made some dear, life long friendships down under! The Aussies are amazing individuals.

Screenwriting is my passion, and will keep on writing from the heart !!

All the best to you, Kim Henderson

Kim Henderson, Scriptwriter

Hi Hunter,

I just wanted to say thank you so much for a wonderful festival with an
absolutely terrific amount of films from around the world. I attended
multiple days as a viewer and had a blast.

And again, I can’t thank you enough for getting us a screening and allowing
our local family and friends to see our film, *Critical Mass*. It was such
an honor to receive multiple awards from this great festival, and the
Awards Ceremony was fantastic!

So from everyone at One Riot One Ranger, and the film Critical Mass, thanks
again, and we’ll see you next year!

– Charles Propst

Charles Propst, Director ~ CRITICAL MASS

Hi Kathleen, Hunter:
Thank you! So much for letting us begin the journey of African Gothic
In Houston. We had a blast.
Next time I’ll hire a publicist to fill the house as my friends didn’t deliver, but considering everything we had a good turn out.
Thrilled to have taken home two great awards!
I hope you received the Thank you gift I had Chella deliver. Just a small token of our appreciation.
I’m sure you must be exhausted and looking forward to some rest.
If you think of any other festivals that may be receptive to our film please let us know, referrals are always best.


Damon Shalit, Director ~ AFRICAN GOTHIC

Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:16:34 +0200
From: Matthias Martens
Subject: Re: re[2]: Worldfest
To: Kathleen Haney

Dear Kathleen,

thank you for your e-mail and thank you so much for checking on the photos… It would be really nice to get some professional pictures from the Gala.

I am happy telling you and Hunter today that Edgar Selge – our main cast who plays Otto Weidt – is going to get the “Best Actor-Award” at the Seoul International Drama Award 2014 for his play in “A Blind Hero – The Love Of Otto Weidt”!!!

So, another award for our film… But you have been pathbreaking and visionary by nominating and awarding our film at the Houston Film Fest in April 2014.

Edgar and I well fly to Seoul on September 2nd. to receive the Award.

All the best to you, Hunter and your lovely daughter,


Matthias Marten, Producer/Story Consultant

Hi Kathleen, Hunter and all the Crew at Worldfest,
Good afternoon from sunny England, hope you are all keeping well. I am just dropping you a quick email to thank you so much for the award for Search and Destroy and for the gifts that you sent to me through the post. I have hung up all the posters and the award in pride of place on my wall, I was delighted to receive them.
I have just got back from Sri Lanka which was an amazing trip and has given me inspiration to make another two short films called ‘Locked’ and ‘Miracle’ which I will be sending your way when finished so be prepared!
I have just directed my first music video in the Uk for a charity that helps raise money for Help For Heroes and I will be acting again in a film next month and in September I will be starting at CAPA which is the Cathedral Academy of Performing Arts.
As you probably know I live in the Yorkshire Dales and I have just started up a new community Theatre Group, getting all ages involved, it certainly keeps me busy but I love it. We will be performing The Witch That Nicked Christmas in December.
With my very best wishes to you all and thanks once again.
Bretten Lordwww.brettenlord.com

Bretten Lord, Director/Actor

Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:07:32 +0800
From: chih giang
Subject: Re: WorldFest & NPM/Taiwan’s awards shipping
To: Kathleen Haney

Dear Kathleen:

We had stayed and watched that night. The audience gave a standing ovation
after the showing. The film was well received that night. We were all moved
by it. Lily and I enjoy working with you and Hunter very much. We
especially treasure the cruise in your yacht that day at the regatta. Thank
you so much. I will come to pick up the award for Director Chi in the next
few days. I will call to let you know first, perhaps we can get together
for dim sun at the Fung’s afterward.

John Chi

John Chi, Director

I just want to take moment to congratulate you on yet another great World Fest ! I am so sorry for not being able to attend award gala (With Captain America and Rio 2 playing I could not escape my daily job)
I did how ever saw few shorts and they were stunning!

Damir Catic, Writer/Director/Producer “HER CRY”

Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 01:23:57 -0700 (PDT)
From: ali kalantari
Subject: Dear committee of World-fest Houston, dear Hunter and Kathleen
Reply-to: ali kalantari
To: Kathleen Haney

Dear committee of World-fest Houston, dear Hunter and Kathleen
I am really thankful to you for everything that you have done for my film. This prize is now my pride and joy and I am sure it will impress our media and people in charge for cultural ministry here and helps my film to have this chance of being watched here in Iran. I really can not express my feelings and the depth of my gratefulness towards you.
Please know that it meant a lot to me
Ali Kalantari

Ali Kalantari, Director of “This Film Must Not be Watched” IRAN

Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:57:29 -0700
From: “Play On Productions”
Subject: WorldFest
To: “Kathleen Haney”

Kathleen, I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to screen NightLights at WorldFest!! Being in Houston was a great experience, and the film was very well received. We were also honored to receive the award, and my producer Don Albert will be in Houston this weekend for the gala and the final weekend of festivities.

Am I correct that there are additional awards that will be given out at the gala? And the gala is at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, correct?

Thank you again, I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to stay for the remainder of the festival, and I’m looking forward to hearing from Don about how the gala and final weekend go!

David Midell || Executive Director – Play On Productions

David Midell, Director “Nightlights” USA

Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 15:55:05 -0500
From: “Kathleen H. Todd”
Subject: Re: Thanks Mr. Hunter Todd Dear Kathleen Haney
To: Kathleen Haney

Dear WorldFest staff and viewers,

In my country, Iran; the government has done its best to control cinema.
They have tried to prevent independent activities. In fact, the government,
to censor and constraint independent film makers, has put more and more
limitations for them to work. Iran helps filmmakers that follow the
government’s agenda by preparing comfortable facilities, assisting with
bank loans and more. This has created a monopoly for filmmakers who focus
on specific themes about the war between Iran and Iraq, Islam and

My films are getting created by personal funds; either my own budget or
through donations from friends. “THIS FILM MUST NOT BE WATCHED” is based on
an idea I have had for five years; but the lack of financial support meant
it was not able to be made until last year. It is the first “hand-held”
movie in the history of Iranian cinema. Unlike other hand-held movies in
the world like “Paranormal Activity” or “The Blair Witch Project”, this
film is not a horror movie but a social melodrama.

Today I really wanted to be among you, enjoying your friendly company; but
unfortunately too many problems and obstacles made it impossible for me to

Today in a country like Iran where independent cinema means almost nothing;
the presence of ” THIS FILM MUST NOT BE WATCHED” in WorldFest-Houston is
all over the news which gives hope for it to be screened or distributed in
Iran. I am so grateful to you WorldFest. Myself and my crew thank you for
all you have done and for watching “THIS FILM MUST NOT BE WATCHED”


Ali Kalantari

Ali Kalantari, Director “This Film Must Not Be Watched” IRAN

Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:51:59 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
From: Kate Marshall
Subject: Re: Remi Award Winners at the 47th Annual WorldFest-Houston.
Reply-to: Kate Marshall
To: info@digital.tippitandmoo.com/dev/worldfest2

Hi Kathleen – thank you and Hunter and everyone so very much for our special evening at WorldFest. Our certificates are already on the wall. We had a lovely time, we work hard all year long, and then hope to be invited to WorldFest in April, it is your celebration of all of us out there trying…and it is much appreciated! – Kate and Al, Kate Marshall Graphics

Kate & Al, Kate Marshall Graphics

Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:30:42 -0700 (PDT)
From: Susan Nation
Subject: Remi Award Winners at the 47th Annual WorldFest-Houston.
Reply-to: Susan Nation
To: “info@digital.tippitandmoo.com/dev/worldfest2”

Just want you to know how happy we are to have won in Lifestyle for Talent Hounds. I wish I could have been there but had issues this year. Next for sure. You are the best and I plan to do a big PR campaign to thank you next week.
Susan Nation
President Hop To It Productions

Susan Nation, President/Hop To It Productions

Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:10:57 -0700
From: Jeffrey Cordone
Subject: RE: Remi Award Winners at the 47th Annual WorldFest-Houston.
To: “info@digital.tippitandmoo.com/dev/worldfest2”
Cc: Gabe Videla , Dick Stinbakken , Marcelo Capuchinho

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Kathleen=2C I so missed not being able to attend. I was in Orlando Florida
for my sister’s Relay-for-Life American Cancer Event. She was the
Chairman for the Luminaria Ceremony this year=2C and I created for her
a short video to bridge last year’s event to this years=3B to show that
the fight continues. Knew you’d appreciate.

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for which I produced with Jeff Wood the Director=2C and the Silver Remi Awa=
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I was also honored to Produced & Direct for Dick Stenbackken.

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we submit to World-Fest-Houston. It truly provides encouragement to keep t=
our stories.

Jeffrey E. Cordone

Jeffrey Cordone, Producer, “Miracle at Gate 21”

Kathleen Haney,

Just a short note, to let you know that my psychological thriller “Walking Wounded” has been optioned. “Walking Wounded” took a Silver Remi last year, in the Thriller/Horror category. It was also a ‘second rounder’ – in the top ten percent at the Austin Film festival.

The script was optioned by two producers in Los Angeles.


Richard P. Alvarez
Half Moon Bay, CA

Richard Alvarez, Scriptwriter “Walking Wounded”

Date: Tue, 6 May 2014 18:38:30 -0400
From: Krista Whetstone
Subject: Thanks from Krista Whetstone/Pear
To: Kathleen Haney , Hunter Todd

Hello Hunter and Kathleen,

I’ve just come off a shoot and finally have the time to thank you the Platinum Remi award I just received in the mail! Thank you very much for the including Pear in your festival — the lineup looked fabulous! I really wish I could have been there! I appreciate the award — thank you.


Krista Whetstone, Director “PEAR”

Subject: Re: Remi Award Winners at the 47th Annual WorldFest-Houston.
To: “info@digital.tippitandmoo.com/dev/worldfest2”

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Hi Hunter and Kathleen,

The Water BrotherS would like to thank you for winning a Platinum Remi for
Pure and the Poisoned & Plastic Ocean and Gold Remi for Here Comes the Flood.
We would like to congratulate the other winners and nominees.

Thank you.

Kind regards,
Vicky Strachan
Manager, Distribution and Operations

Pinewood Toronto Studios
225 Commissioners St., Suite 303
Toronto, ON
M4M 0A1
tel: 416-367-0440 ext 3037

Vicky Strachan, Operations Manager, THE WATER BROTHERS

Hi Kathleen, hi Hunter!

What a wonderful, gutsy poster! I loved the 2012 poster when “Archaeology of a Woman” was at Houston but this one is Outrageous!

Congrats and much love!

Sharon Greytak

p.s. “Archaeology…” Just got invited to Athens Int’l Film & Video Festival, and the NYC theatrical run is in the works for end of summer!

Sharon Greytak, Director “Archaeology of a Woman”

Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:13:28 -0500
From: shelagh carter
Subject: Hello from Shelagh!
To: Kathleen Haney , Hunter Todd

Dear Kathleen and Hunter,

My beautiful Remi award arrived safely today along with such thoughtful
inclusions! Love the Tote bag! Posters !

Thank you SO much for the lovely warm greetings and congratulations that
were included with the Remi. Very very appreciated.

I am working away towards my next feature and another short film 🙂 .

And you were among the first to support *Passionflower . *It now has
distribution internationally in 28 countries ! Image that !

Take good care and all my best to the Worldfest Team,


Shelagh Carter, Shelagh Carter, Director PASSIONFLOWERS, Darkling Pictures

THANKS, and thanks again. WorldFest is simply the best. I want to recognize the hard work and dedication of the WorldFest staff and judges. The support for my project is greatly appreciated and makes a huge difference. My only regret is that I have won several Remi’s starting back in 1984 and have yet to get to the festival. I hope my entry next year will allow me to attend in person.
Stephen J. Payne
Creative Director
Barking Dog Pictures

Stephen J. Payne, Writer/Producer/Director Ice Works/Troubled Waters

In the intensely competitve world of independent production I consider the WorldFest team one of my most ardent supporters. I hope this is the year I make down to visit Houston and celebrate the wonderful films at the festival. Thanks for the support and encouragement over the years.

Stephen J. Payne, Director/Writer “Troubled Waters”

Went to see the film “Lure” tonight. Or so I thought. By 9:50 the film hadn’t started much to the frustration of the few patrons (maybe 10) and the film maker there in attendance. I finally had to leave. I get up at 5am every weekday morning and even a 9pm start is pushing it. Went to customer service for a refund. No one manning the desk. Finally tracked down a nice young man who radioed the manager. He was told no refunds. Go find the Worldfest Director. The nice young man rolled his eyes and said let me go look in the Bar. I left at that point. Hopefully my $12.50 (pre-bought) goes to the film maker. So he can bring it to a festival that checks that things are running smoothly

John F Leavy, Still a fan