WorldFest was founded as Cinema Arts, an International Film Society in August, 1961. It became the third competitive international film festival in North America, following San Francisco and New York. WorldFest is the oldest Independent Film & Video Festival in the World. It evolved into a competitive International Film Festival in April, 1968. The festival was founded by award-winning producer/director Hunter Todd to present a quality film festival for the Independent filmmakers with the mission to recognize and honor outstanding creative excellence in film & video, to validate brilliant abilities. to promote cultural tourism for Houston, and to develop film production in the region. All members of the WorldFest staff are filmmakers.
WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival continues with its totally dedicated Independent Film screening format for the 2011 season when it will screen 55-60 feature film premieres, with a complete and absolute emphasis on American and International Independent feature films and with a continuing annual spotlight on an individual country and its films.
WorldFest also offers competition in TV Production, Documentary, Corporate & Business Films, Student & Experimental, TV Commercials, Film & Video Production, Music Videos, New Media (Interactive & Web Sites), Screenplays, Print and Radio.
In addition to honoring a different country each year, WorldFest presents an annual Short Film Showcase, a special review of 100+ new short and student films...from the festival that discovered Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, John Lee Hancock, Randall Kleiser, Ridley Scott, Robert Rodriguez, Robert Townsend, The Coen Brothers, Brian de Palma, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone and David Lynch with their very first awards.
By having a small, highly selective schedule of new Indie Short & Feature films, the festival can help the film gain reviews and a distributor, rather than merely act as a preview platform for an upcoming release from a large US distributor. WorldFest has also emerged as the oldest film festival management in the world, with the same continuous director for 50 consecutive years.
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