Posted by barkha on March 22, 2013 | No Comments

With a fresh new look, WorldFest is ready to kick into high gear!  The 46TH Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival (April 12-21, 2013 is excited to announce its 2013 film line-up now posted on our website at

with the great NEW Killer Flicks design by our wonderful Ad Agency of Record, TIPPIT & MOO. This year promises to be another great cornucopia for true cineastes offering delights of 9 World Premieres from 51 features; the 8TH annual Italian Panorama with a comedic flair; an array of films from Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Croatia, and our first films from Honduras and Dubai. All screenings will be at The AMC Studio 30 on Dunvale (2949 Dunvale) our festival Sponsoring partner.  Check the new website for trailers, times and ticketing…

WorldFest opens this year with festival alum, producer Edward James Olmos and his new film, Filly Brown, directed by Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos. Starring Gina Rodriguez, Chrissie Fit, and Lou Diamond Phillips, Filly Brown is an inspiring portrayal of a female artist striving to live her dreams without compromise. Edward James Olmos is expected to be on hand to receive the WorldFest REMI Lifetime Achievement Award at Opening night just before Filly Brown premieres.

Other special highlights are the Texan made films such as Odd Man Out, Suicide Notes, Her Cry: La Llorona Investigation, In Search of the American Dream, Seadrift vs. The Big Guy, To Go Viking, The Nowhere Son, and the remarkable Closing Night, The Investigator. Directors are planning to attend 95% of this year’s Premieres at WorldFest with several alumni back with their latest film such as Stanley Orzel (Lost for Words, Hong Kong) Bryan Michael Stoller (First Dog), Lyle Hatcher (Different Drummers)  and Shawn Welling (Legend of Dark Horse County). Another component of the festival is KidFest, a variety of films that the whole family can enjoy. We are also pleased to announce that we have more films featuring female directors than any other year of WorldFest history.

WorldFest Artistic and Program Director, Kathleen Haney, stated, “We are so thrilled to have such an exceptional line-up of independently produced films!  Each year, we are continually amazed by what filmmakers are capable of doing in spite of incumbent challenges. The caliber of Indie films just keeps getting better and better.”  Haney continued “Our work is very gratifying when we witness the cycles of growth in filmmakers who begin with a script, progress to a short and culminate with a feature length film coming back through the years to


WorldFest will continue with its annual Short Film Showcase, a special review of 107 new short and student films…from the festival that gave first top honors to Spielberg, George Lucas, The Coen Brothers, Ridley Scott, Robert Rodriguez, Randal Kleiser, Spike Lee, Gavin Hood, John Lee Hancock, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Cimino, Steven Poster, 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 46 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.

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 1,000 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 46h 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. WorldFest is the largest film & video competition in the world, in sheer number of actual category entries, with more than 4,300 category entries received in 2011. There are over 200 sub-categories for competition, allowing each film to compete in its own individual genre.

WorldFest-Houston is sponsored by AMC Theaters, Boxer Properties, The Hotel Marriott Westchase, Arcodoro Ristorante, the City of Houston, NASA, Houston Film Commission, Houston Yacht Club, the State of Texas, and the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA).

    “FORGET SUNDANCE! …WorldFest is one of the best conceived festival productions on the planet!” ~ Craig Outhier, film critic, Phoenix press; Tempe Times.

More info on 46th Annual 2013 WorldFest-Houston,

Trailers, schedule & ticketing now available at:

Leave a Comment
  • Name


  • Email


  • Comments


  • Enter Verification Code


    CAPTCHA Image
    Refresh Image

    Anti-Spam Protection

    by WP-SpamFree