ANNUAL WORLDFEST-HOUSTON SETS SHORTS & FEATURES
WorldFest is one of the best conceived festival
on the planet! ~ Craig Outhier, film critic, Phoenix press; Tempe
35TH Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival has
set its short and feature film schedule for the upcoming April
WorldFest is screening 140 new short films and 53 features, including
four Classic Films in the special retrospect program. The featured classics
are: "Tom Jones directed by Tony Richardson, "Casablanca
directed by Michael Curtiz, "Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory
directed by Mel Stuart and "Easy Rider directed by Dennis Hopper.
Hopper is expected to attend.
More than 35 nations are represented in the 2002 WorldFest, which spotlights
documentaries and family/childrens films in special sections. WorldFest,
the 3rd oldest film festival in North America, was founded in August 1961
as a film society and became a competitive international film festival
in April 1968.
WorldFest was the first to provide festival fans with digital streaming
technology in 1996 sponsored by Microsoft. The festival uses the Wagner
Media/Christie Digital Roadie DLP 6000 digital projector for video projection
in a large commercial theater, in addition the THX 35mm systems. WorldFest
also offers one of the largest short film sections of any international
film festival, presenting more than 135 shorts in 35mm and digital projection.
Over 450 international filmmakers are expected to attend the 10-day event.
The HQ hotel for the 2002 WorldFest is the new Intercontinental Houston,
offering very special festival rates. Budget Rent a Car, the official
car rental company is offering festival cares as low as $22 a day, and
all 35mm and digital video screenings are in the Entertainment Film Works
Meyerland Theater, located in SW Houston at Loop 610 West and Beechnut.
The festival will have a VIP tour of NASA, regatta and BBQ on the final
day of the festival. The regatta is sponsored by the Houston Yacht Club
and the Houston Film Commission. WorldFest is the only film festival in
the world that presents a regatta for the attending filmmakers each year.
By having a small, highly selective schedule of new Indie 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.
Most of the so-called Independent Films featured at Sundance
are actually relatively large-budget films produced by special Indie
divisions of the major studios. In fact, the majority of films featured
at Sundance actually already have their distribution in place.
The 128-page WorldFest program book is distributed free of charge to every
major film festival and to every known major distributor in the world.
The WorldFest program book has become an invaluable reference document
for film acquisition and review.
Annual WorldFest-Houston is also offering 6 production seminars that include
the Kodak Cinematography seminar, Indie film distribution, producing and
directing the Indie feature and short, writing screenplays and dealing
with agents and managers. All screenings and seminars are open to the
general public series tickets are available.
A Detailed listing of all Feature and Short films is at: www.worldfest.org
In addition to allowing the film-going public the opportunity to see each
and every film in WorldFest 2002 and selecting only the very best new
independent films, the festival staff will be able to spend more time
with each attending filmmaker and focus individual attention on their
is Beautiful for the 35th Annual WorldFest, where simplicity
continues to be the byword, and a more relaxed intimate atmosphere surrounds
a special selection of superb new films. The networking and contact opportunities
are exceptional because of the crossover synergy between award winners
from all facets of the industry, including TV commercials, Music Videos,
Cable, Documentary, New Media and well as the Independent Feature and
Short Film Arena.
For more information on the 35th Annual 2002 WorldFest-Houston, plus the
free four-color 26x36 poster Texas Barn Wall-American Flag
designed by the creative team at Bates Southwest, with the complete attend/ticket
information, send your name and address to:
Team WorldFest - 2002
35th Annual WorldFest-Houston
PO Box 56566, Houston, Texas 77256-6566 USA
or call: 1-713-965-9955 or fax: 1-713-965-9960
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The complete film title list and attend info is on our website:
Thanks so very much, we hope that you can attend.
Hunter ToddKathleen Haney
Executive DirectorProgram Director
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