WORLDFEST NOW ACCEPTS ONLINE FESTHOME SCREENERS! WE HAVE LG & SHARP 110" DIGITAL BIG SCREENS FOR JURIES! WE DO ALSO ACCEPTS DVD, BLURAY OR USB FLASH/PEN/JUMP DRIVE FOR JUDGING AND FOR THEATER SCREENING! Region Zero! (If you win a Remi, you may be screened on big AMC 60-foot screens to 600+ theater audience!! So we need a BluRay or Jump Drive for the DCP screening! Large juries view your entry on a big digital screen, not a little laptop! We will personally confirm your entry's arrival. 50TH WORLDFEST-HOUSTON SETS FEST DATES, CALLS FOR ENTRIES!
“FORGET SUNDANCE! …WorldFest is one of the best conceived festival productions on the planet!” ~ Craig Outhier, film critic, Phoenix press; Tempe Times.
The 50th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival continues its totally dedicated Independent Film screening format for the upcoming April 21-30, 2017 unspooling. WorldFest will screen just 60-80 feature film premieres and over 130 Shorts with a total and absolute emphasis on the American and International Independent feature film and a continuing annual spotlight on award-winning short films and documentary films. Entries Officially Open Sept. 15, 2016. The EarlyBird Entry Deadline is Nov. 15th 2016 – A Mail-By Ship-By Deadline! Entries do not have to arrive by this deadline. The Main Entry Deadline is now December 31, 2016.
WorldFest Artistic and Program Director, Kathleen Haney, stated, “We are fiercely dedicated to the Indie Feature and Short Film and look for a quality selection of individual films to maintain a smaller, yet effective program rather than an overly large and unwieldy slate of 150-300 films. Haney continued, “For the 2017 WorldFest we continue to use ‘A good story, well told’ as our time-tested approach to film selection”. WorldFest-Houston now accepts Online, Thumb-Drive & DVD/BR format entries.
This year WorldFest presents its 3rd Annual Panorama China, the largest survey in new films from China in North America. More than 100 directors and filmmakers will attend from Beijing and Shanghai. China is now the largest box-office and production revenue country in the world, surpassing the USA. There is a special Panorama China theater and a dedicated section of the program book.
WorldFest Grand Remi Award Winner, Ridley Scott commented “WorldFest is in the business of validating excellence!” We are delighted to agree! The mission of WorldFest is to recognize and validate creative excellence in film & video production in every facet and category of filmmaking. Many filmmakers report that a Remi Award from WorldFest opens doors to advance their careers.
WorldFest will continue with its annual Short Film Showcase, a special review of 130+ new short and student films...from the festival that gave first top honors to Spielberg, Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Randal Kleiser, The Coen Brothers, Ridley Scott, Robert Rodriguez, Spike Lee, Gavin Hood, John Lee Hancock, Michael Cimino, Leslie Linka Glatter, Oliver Stone, Ang Lee, Atom Egoyan and David Lynch, among many others! Few other festivals have such a “Discovery” track record. WorldFest has emerged as the oldest continuous film festival management in the world with the same executive director, serving for 50 consecutive years. A few other festivals are older, but they have had as many as ten different directors. It is the oldest film festival in The South, and the 3rd oldest International Film/Video Festival in North America, after San Francisco & NYC.
The 50th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival highlights include a Red Carpet Opening Night Gala, the Remi Awards Banquet with top honors presented to more than 700 up-and-coming attending filmmakers from over 75 countries from round the globe, there are 9 Master Classes in Film & Video Production, a nightly Festival Club at the HQ Hotel, Indie Panels, a VIP tour of NASA and an exciting Houston Yacht Club Sailing Regatta & Texas BBQ. All offer superb networking opportunities!
WorldFest began in August 1961, as Cinema Arts, an International Film Society. It began screening Independent, foreign & art films. It became an officially competitive International Film Festival seven years later, in April 1968, and has been in continuous operation since. It is one of the original three film festivals in North America, with San Francisco and New York as the first two events. Following WorldFest was Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, and Seattle. Then Sundance and SXSW, Toronto and Tribeca. Now there are more than 3,000 USA film festivals of various types, levels and quality, most being simply non-competitive screening events! WorldFest is international, competitive and invites filmmakers worldwide.
The 50th Annual WorldFest offers International Competition in; Features, Shorts, TV production, TV commercials, unproduced Screenplays & Teleplays, Experimental, Student, Documentary, Business & Industry, New Media, and Music Videos. You may enter the Feature, Short, Student, Experimental, Student, Music Video, and New Media-Websites via FestHome. You must go to our main website (worldfest.org) to enter the TV Production, TV Commercial, Film & Video Production and the Screenplay Competition. WorldFest is the largest film & video competition in the world, in sheer number of actual category entries, with more than 4,500 category entries received in 2015. There are almost 200 sub-categories for competition, allowing each film to compete in its own individual genre.
WorldFest-Houston is sponsored by the State of Texas, the City of Houston, HBU Fitness Center, Kodak, NASA, AMC Theaters, Lopez Negrete Communications, Boxer Properties, Becker Texas Wines, the Houston Yacht Club, Arcodoro Ristorante, Avis/Budget, The HQ Hotel Doubletree by Hilton, The Houston Chronicle, Regent University Film School, the Houston Film Society and the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA).
The 50th WorldFest-Houston – 9898 Bissonnet, Suite 650, Houston, Texas 77036, 713-965-9955, Fax is 713-965-9960 – Email is – firstname.lastname@example.org – The website is https://worldfest.org
WE NOW ACCEPT FESTHOME STREAMING ENTRIES! BUT IF YOU WIN REMI AWARD, WE REQUIRE A BLURAY, USB FLASH DRIVE FOR THEATER SCREENING OF YOUR ENTRY! WE JUDGE ON 110" SHARP DIGITAL FLAT SCREENS AND WE SCREEN WINNERS ON BIG AMC THEATER SCREENS, WITH BIG JURIES - NOT ON LITTLE LAPTOPS BY INTERNS!
All filmmakers understand and accept that if their film is accepted for presentation and screening at the film/video festival, they grant full and unrestricted permission for HIFF, Inc. to screen the film/video at times of the festivals choice and to charge an admission fee for the presentation of the digital video program. All the presented film/videos do win a Remi Award from the festival (HIFF). WorldFest only screens winners.
The Filmmaker understands and accepts that they do not participate in receiving any funds from the Box-office proceeds which are fully retained by the festival to help cover the cost of the festival presentation. It should be noted for the record that box-office proceeds never cover the cost of presentation of the Features and Short Film Programs. The Festival (HIFF) is a non-profit, 501-c-3 Educational/Cultural Organization with Federal, State, County & City Tax-Exemptions.
Required Legal Stuff: The filmmaker releases the festival (HIFF) from any and all liability for damages or destruction of the entered DVD/BluRay. The Filmmaker understands that the entered DVD or BluRay will be retained in a secure facility by the festival, and every effort will be taken to protect and control the viewing of this production. The festival assumes no liability whatsoever for theft, copyright violations or piracy of the entry.
The Filmmaker accepts and understands that the festival, in conjunction with AMC Studio 30 Dunvale will do everything possible to present the video in the best possible manner but the festival (HIFF) is not responsible for any and all malfunctions during the presentation of the production at its festival screening. We use Professional Pioneer BluRay/DVD International playback systems, all formats, all regions, including Region 0. All entries are carefully pre-screened prior to the public showing to assure that the BluRay/DVD does perform to industry Standards. The Festival (HIFF) assumes no responsibility for any technical difficulties in the presentation of this video at the actual event.
The Film Festival (HIFF) reserves the complete right to make changes in the program dates and times and to possibly not screen the video, despite it’s being selected for screening.
The filmmaker will endeavor to present to The Festival (HIFF) a new and pre-checked BluRay/ DVD / Thumb Drive for the actual presentation of the video at the festival.
You may send just one DVD/BluRay for multiple category entries. You may combine multiple TV commercial entries on a DVD, with no color bars, no automatic looping feature to begin again and a 5 second break between spots. Make sure their titles and order/sequence are correct on the DVD.
Screenplays must be properly bound in some way, and can be optioned but not currently produced, and there is no limit to the number of screenplays that can be entered. DVD Entries can be NTSC, PAL, or SECAM, – any and all regions. There is no extra charge for PAL or other formats. We accept all regions and all formats. We also accept Thumb Drive and Blu-Ray discs, any region.
A short paragraph, 50-100 word synopsis, is required for all scripts and all entries (except TV commercials, music videos), which is for the jury and if selected, for the program book. Shorts and features are to provide (when selected into program) a color or B/W production digital still photo (resolution of 300 Dots per square inch DPI or higher, higher is much better) for the program book jpeg photo files are OK. (Photos not required for video, cable, TV commercials, website entries, or screenplay entries). If accepted, feature entries should also send several production still photos of a high resolution (300 DPI or better), a press kit, and short CV (resume) with photo of the director(s).
The Grand Remi Statuette, Best of of Show.
The Remi Special Jury Award
The Remi Platinum Award
The Remi Gold Award
The Remi Silver Award
The Remi Bronze Award
The WorldFest NASA Prize
The following content will be admitted in this category:
901. Hi-Def / New Technology
902. Interactive – Adult / Professional
903. Interactive – Business
904. Interactive – Children
905. Interactive – Educational – Adult / Professional
906. Interactive – Educational – Children
907. Interactive – Entertainment
908. Large Format – IMAX®
909. Meeting Openers, Breaks, Closings
910. Multi-Video (3 + screens, may be entered on composite tape)
911. Video Walls (may be entered on composite tape)
913. Best Copy / Writing – Websites
914. Best Green Website
915. Best Home / Intro / Welcome Page
916. Best Website Navigation / Structure
917. Best Use of Animation / Graphics
918. Best Website Visual Design – Graphic
919. Best Website Visual Design – Function
920. Cellular Media – Personal Videos
921. Cellular Media – Commercial Videos
922. Video Podcast
923. Web Series (3 or more episodes)
924. 3D Digital Productions (DVD iV SBS -Side By Side – 3D Contents)