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As my career moves on and I ramp up my next feature film I think of you at Worldfest-Houston and my Silver Remi award for the feature Karla Faye Tucker – Forevermore same year as Napoleon Dynamite 2004. We so appreciate you and the hard work every year to put on the BEST festival ever! No matter where I go in Hollywood you will always be my first award like Spielberg and the memories live on and on…. the Regatta was best! Thank you again!

Helen Gibson, Director, USA

I thank you for your kind and warm care of me in Houston. It was a great opportunity for me to learn “What is a Film” again, and “How to make the film” as an Independent Filmmaker. Now I have a great respect for your activities based on the thought that Film is not only a business tool, but also a great art and culture. From now on I will try to pursue making much better films, by depending on my experience in Houston.

Sakurai Masamoto, Director – Tokyo, Japan

Hey Hunter and all, I wanted to thank you all for a wonderful festival! I had an amazing time attending all the events, and I met tons of great filmmakers that I would’ve never met anywhere else. It was an awesome experience as my first film festival of this caliber, and I hope to see you all next year. Thanks again! Back to work! Cheers.

Max Lalanne, Director – New Hampton, NH

Dear Hunter, I wanted to thank you once again for the great time we had at WorldFest, and the wonderful prizes. It was also an opportunity to discover Houston, Galveston, the NASA and the Yacht Club. We had a blast! Thank you, good luck for WorldFest 45, and, as Arnold said… we’ll be back! I hope! All the best.

Giles Daoust, writer / director / producer, Brussels, Belgium

I’m certain you have in the past 44 years received at least 4400 if not 44,000 notes such as this one, but nonetheless I would like to add mine to the tally.

First and foremost thank-you for the enthusiasm and energy which you both most evidently pour into WorldFest. I’ve been fortunate to have films, including my current doc, Please Remove Your Shoes, in other festivals – few of which can compare, from a filmmaker’s point of view, to WorldFest.

Like most things which are well done, it starts at the top. When the festival leadership is truly passionate about the endeavor it shows. At WorldFest it shows by being well run, and by offering panels which are useful to upstarts and experienced filmmakers alike. It also shows by providing great accommodations, transportation services, excellent projection of the films in first-rate theaters, an energizing gala, and a truly international gathering of filmmakers where the overall vibe is one of fellowship and support. Lastly, it shows by the myriad of small details attended to (which I know are the result of a lot of effort by everyone on the WorldFest staff) that minimizes hiccups and keeps the focus where it should be – on the films and the exchange of filmmaking ideas.

My sincere thanks to you both and your staff. I hope you all can now enjoy a well deserved break and I look forward to the next opportunity I have to submit to WorldFest.

With admiration and gratitude

Rob DelGaudio, Producer/Director

Dear Hunter and Kathleen,

I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you very much for a lovely weekend and beautiful Gala Evening on Saturday.

I really enjoyed my brief stay in Houston on behalf of “Just 45 Minutes from Broadway” and look forward to being able to return – maybe with a film of my own in the future.

I thought all your organization and arrangements were terrific and felt very looked after.


Rosemary Marks, Tall Orders Productions

Howdy Hunter!!! What a wonderful time you gave us, and again thank you SOOooo much for the Platinum REMI – the wonderful event and dinner, the Sailing, NASA, Bar B Que, et al and the chance to meet wonderful friends!

Nanette Melville, Photographer / Videographer

Dear Hunter,

I wanted to thank you and the festival organizers so much for such a great experience.

It was a great pleasure to have my film at WorldFest 2012 and I am so glad I was able to attend even if briefly. I hope the future sends me again to Houston to attend future editions of your great festival. In this challenging world for independent filmmaking it is a great blessing that a wonderful festival like WorldFest exists providing independent filmmakers with a platform of support and a great opportunity to have their work seen and recognized.

Many thanks for establishing this festival and holding onto the independent spirit.

Rami, –

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.)

Jerry Alden Deal & Berry Deal, Filmmakers, Dreams Awake

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.

Ytbarek Cuddus, Producer, CTIFilms

Congratulations for another great WorldFest, it exceeded our expectations, the movies, the people and events were outstanding —­ a very special happening. I’ll spread the word!

Patrick Ei, –

Kathleen and Hunter,

We just wanted to thank you for such an amazing week — we were all so thrilled to win at WorldFest and to have such a great time and meet so many great people in the process. You two do so much for independent filmmakers, and your festival is truly the pinnacle event for independent film. Not to mention, you put on an awesome awards show!

So huge thanks from us all — we’re very proud to have premiered at WorldFest and hope to see you at many more!

All best,
John, Megan, Peter, Pyong, and the entire Heathens & Thieves team!

John Douglas Sinclair, Director, Heathens & Thieves

Dear Program Director Kathleen Haney.

I would like to write few words, I didn’t have opportunity to tell you in Houston.
I love father of American humor Mark Twain, I love the king of sad smile Buster Keaton. I admire the whole gallery of your humorists… And you showed your understanding and sympathy to my movie. I am honored and touched. Movies-art, humor and emotion – these are things, that connect (UNITED) nations. Big and small. I will never forget You and Your festival. Thank You – from all my heart!

Jozef Pa¹téka, Mrtvola Musi Zomrief, Trigon Prdns.

Hi Kathleen!

Thank you so very much for the lovely festival experience! Alina and I had a great time, met a bunch of nice filmmakers and moviegoers alike. It was very exciting to see “Garbage” pack the theater twice! We had no advertising but just a poster in the lobby and somehow we had over 200 people for both screenings. We’re also very honored and proud to have won Gold for comedy and Best Actor!!

We were at WorldFest for 5 days and wish we stayed longer! We hope that we’ll finish our next film in time to submit for next year. Please tell Hunter thank you from us as well!

Phil Volken, Writer/Director, Garbage

Dear Hunter, Kathleen, & Lauren:

Congratulations to you on such a wonderful festival this year! I was able to come in for the final weekend, met some terrific people, and saw some great films as well.
WorldFest certainly knows how to do it right. I’ve been to many other festivals, and I must tell you, that this is the best.

Hunter, you were marvelous as the host, and it was an honor to receive our award from you on stage.

Needless to say, I was shocked by the Grand Remi Award. It was totally unexpected, and frankly, I still can’t believe it. Thank you for recognizing all of the hard work, sweat, and tears that went into the Caras project. We are deeply grateful to you for this.

Deborah Novak, Director, Steven Caras: See Them Dance

Kathleen & Hunter:

Thank you again for inviting me to WorldFest to give a seminar. The Awards for Chinese Take-Away were the icing on the cake, and something I never expected. I’m glad that we were able to share the Film with you.

Here’s part of an email from Don Alpert of DOG JACK. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind me showing it to you:

I have attended WorldFest for my 3rd year now, and for the first time, I realized how blessed I was to be among so many future filmmakers, Directors and Producers in such a down to earth festival. I had a longer stay this time around due to our early scheduled screening and was able to catch other features and meet more folks. This festival is one of the best.

I spoke to other filmmakers who feel the same way. Thanks again for all your hard work, and for making everyone feel, as Ridley Scott would say, that their excellence is validated!

Stuart Strutin, Panorama Entertainment

Hunter & Kathleen,

Just wanted to write and thank you very much for the wonderful night on Monday. Truly appreciate the very kind introduction at the beginning of the night. Wish we could have brought more people out for you, but I think the rain and the late start time scared away a few people. My wife and I had our first date at AMC Studio 30 over 13 years ago, so it was a pretty neat to get to come back over a decade later and screen two of my films at the same theater.

Damian Horan, Director

WorldFest is the cat’s meow. Website’s not bad neither.

Thom Stark, Writer / Director

It is there. I reach you, Herbert.

JD Stark, Scientificly exaggerated Bohemic Rastafarian

It is there. I reach you, Herbert.

JD Stark, Scientificly exaggerated Bohemic Rastafarian

You have a page on your website that needs attention as it is one of the first ones we saw when looking up worldfest and it is dated 2011. https://digital.tippitandmoo.com/dev/worldfest2/schedule/
Have a good day!

Emily Brown, potential WorldFest attendee

just for a romance……….

premshrestha, student

just for a romance……….

premshrestha, student

You said the list of Award Winers would be published in late March. Well, it’s April 12, last day of the Festival and still there’s no sign of the list.

Robert, Producer

It has truly been an honor to be included in the Worldfest Houston Legacy. To have won a Platinum award and to be named as a winner alongside giants like Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg and the Coen Brothers has been a highlight in my career and I will be forever thankful. Thanks very much to Hunter Todd and the Worldfest Crew! I will work even harder in my film career to live up to this honor.

Thomas Edward Seymour, Director