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HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Rating: 5 stars   2 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Arts & Culture, Education

Address:

PO Box 56566 (9898 Bissonnet Street, Suite 650, Houston, TX 77036) Houston TX 77256 USA

Mission:

The 44th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival is a unique event that focuses on the Independent Filmmaker, for both short and feature films. The film festival is totally dedicated to the Independent Filmmaker for both short and feature films. It does not accept any entries from major studios or distributors. We feel that it is the Indy filmmakers that need the exposure and the awards, not the multi-million dollar major studio films. We maintain an active archive of all of our past winners in cooperation with Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, Arizona. The database will eventually be digitized and available on the Internet. More than 15,000 titles are being prepared for the WorldFest/ASU Database and Archives. It is the largest film and video archive of its kind in the world. WorldFest also offers a series of high-level seminars and workshops during the ten-day festival. The subjects include; directing, producing, distribution, animation, special effects, cinematography and writing screenplays. In the past, the animation seminar was conducted by Chuck Jones and the cinematography seminar was conducted by Vilmos Szigmund. All festival events are open to the public. More than 25,000 attend the ten-day event each year. WorldFest began as a film society in August, 1961 and became a competitive international film festival in April 1968. It is the 3rd oldest International Film Festival in North America, after San Francisco and New York. WorldFest is the first and oldest film festival in The South.

Geographic areas served:

Houston and the World

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Reviews for HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Rating: 5 stars  

My family and I are both long-time sponsors and board members of the WorldFest Houston Intl Film Festival. It is an exceptional and unique event. They sponsor more than 200 scholarships to their Master Classes in film production each year, and present a truly World-Class international film festival each April. They premiere more than 150 new films from all over the world, and most of the films are presented by their directors in-person. This is a very special and unique intl film event. We have attended film festivals all over, from Sundance to Toronto and WorldFest is a truly wonderful experience. They have honored great legends in film, such as James Stewart, Ginger Rogers, Ray Bradbury, Rod Steiger and Kirk Douglas. They gave first awards to Spielberg, Ang Lee, Ridley Scott and John Lee Hancock. They are truly a Texas Treasure.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the WorldFest Scholarships to the Master Classes in film & video production change young lives and open up a path to the future for them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see them receive mire financial support so they can do an even better job! They do an amazing film festival on a very small annual budget.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing new films and meeting new filmmakers and hosting dinner parties for the honorees.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Young students, retired business executives and filmmkaers! All very talented!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Be a film festival on par with Cannes and Toronto, which have budgets in that range.

Ways to make it better...

I could have helped more with a larger support donation.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding in these very difficult times!

One thing I'd also say is that...

This WorldFest is a very rare gem, a smoothly run, well-oiled little festival machine. Lots of fun, meet great new filmmakers and see some truly amazing films!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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The 43rd Annual WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival is a remarkable and wonderful annual event! Every April it premieres more than 150 new films from around the world, and it attended by more than 500 international filmmakers. They offer more than 200 scholarships to their six Master Classes in Film/Video Production. They literally discovered Spielberg, Lucas, Ang Lee, Ridley Scott, The Coen Brothers, Brian De Palma and David Lynch, among hundreds of others. The filmmakers are there to introduce their films and have a Q&A afterwards. It is one of the most viewer-friendly film festivals that I have ever attended.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing it help careers and change lives!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting young filmmakers from all over the world...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful people, from all over the world! They give 4-2 months to help the festival happen.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

give away more cash grants, bring in even more filmmakers and be able to have a larger paid staff!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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