WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival

WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival
Team WorldFest-Houston
9898 Bissonnet, Suite #650
Houston, United States

Tel: 713-965-9955
Fax: 713-965-9960

2021, Accepting submissions
Submission deadline: Tue 15th Dec 20
Fri 16th Apr to Sun 25th Apr

2020, Accepting submissions
Submission deadline: Sun 15th Dec 19
Fri 17th Apr to Sun 26th Apr

2019, Finished
Fri 5th Apr to Sun 14th Apr

Festival Overview

The 53rd Annual WorldFest-Houston is the oldest Independent Film & Video Festival in the world. Founded in 1961, its mission statement is "to Validate Creative Excellence." WorldFest is unique in the festival world as it has 12 major competition categories, unlike most festivals which have 2 categories. WorldFest strives to discover new independent film making talents in all areas and has done so successfully for 53 years. Entries open August 15th 2019, the EarlyBird Discount Deadline is November 15th 2019, and the Main Entry Deadline is December 15th, 2019. WorldFest discovered - with their first awards; Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, the Coen Brothers, Randal Kleiser, Oliver Stone, Francis Ford Coppola, David Lynch and hundreds more! You might be the next Spielberg or Ang Lee of tomorrow at WorldFest 53!


The Grand Remi Award, best in category.
Special Jury Remi Awards, Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze Remi Awards. (The Remi Award takes its name from Frederic Remington, who captured the spirit of Texas and the West with his brilliant paintings and sculptures.) The Remi Awards are presented at the Awards Gala on the closing Weekend. WorldFest-Houston is the only film festival in the whole wide world that judges your entry and gives it a score/grade! Your award is based on that score! A 96+ is a Special Jury Award and is considered for the Grand Remi. A 92-95 is a Platinum Remi, an 90-91 is a Gold Remi, an 85 to 89 score yields a Silver Remi and a 80 to 84 is a Bronze Remi. Films that score under 80 points do not win a Remi Award. We think this is the most fair jury process in the film festival world as it is impossible to pick only three winners per category!


Action Adaptation Adventure Advertising Animation Art-house Asian Black Black Comedy Bollywood Children Comedy Crime Disaster Documentary Drama Educational Experimental Family Fantasy Foreign Language French Gangster Gay and Lesbian Ghost Historical Horror Independent Jewish Legal Martial Arts Medical Murder Mystery Music Video Musical Mystery National Natural History Noir Period Political Reality Religious Romance Science Fiction Short Silent Sport Spy Student Supernatural Teen Thriller Travel TV War Western Women

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Known festival contacts Contacts
Hunter Todd
Kathleen Haney
Artistic & Program Director
Kelly Mann
Entry Director
Film Festival
Primary contact


Open to the public


Anyone. There are 12 major competitive categories: Shorts, Feature, Experimental, Student, Television and Cable, Web-based Productions, TV Commercials and PSAs, Documentaries, Business Films, Screenplays, Music Videos, and New Media. Productions may be on video or film, produced within the last 3 years of the festival edition. We now project in hi-res digital formats on big screens in 3 large AMC Commercial theater houses.


Online Screeners, DVD, Jump Drive, or BluRay for consideration, DVD, DCP or BluRay for Festival Projection. We will accept streaming entries on Vimeo, but we will need a DCP, Jump Drive or BluRay for screening as we use big theater screens for judging. We will now accept Online Vimeo entries with passwords, (via entry on our website, or FilmFreeway & FestHome), as we now have two 110" Hi-Res LG Flat Screens for judging! We will not judge your entry on a little laptop.


Entry Fees range from $40 to $90 depending on the type of submission. Complete entry details at - Click on Enter, then on Enter Film Festival, You may enter Online and send in the DVD or download the form, fill it out and send it in with your DVD. Quick, simple and easy. You should be able to do it all in less than 5 minutes. You may also enter via or - (Note: We do not use WAB services as we are "Fiercely Independent!")

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