HAD A RECORD YEAR IN HOUSTON
ANNUAL AWARDS PRESENTATION
at the 10-day fest was near 25,000, up considerably from 2002
box office figures. The Opening Night World Premiere of One Last
Dance directed by Lisa Niemi and starring Patrick Swayze sold
out the full theaters.
TX - The 36TH Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival concluded
with a solid upturn in box office. Several bona-fide hit movies, a Gala
Awards Banquet with top honors presented to up-and-coming attending
filmmakers from over 37 countries from round the globe, Indie Panels
and a exciting Houston Yacht Club Sailing Regatta & Texas BBQ were
highlights of the 36th Annual WorldFest-Houston this year!
The overflowing, sold-out Awards Dinner at the Inter-Continental Hotel
in Houston, on Saturday night (April 12) hosted a record number of international
filmmakers, despite the war and the effects of the economic downturn.
Awards were presented during the dinner, with special Folkloric Dances
from Scotland, Taiwan, India and Mexico before each award segment. WorldFests
top honors- The Remi Grand Awards went to the following productions:
Best Feature Film, Nynke (Holland) directed by Pieter Verhoeff; Best
Film & Video Production, Documentary Death of a Warrior
Barna-Alper Productions (Canada); Best Television & Cable Production,
Alone at Sea CineNova Productions (Canada); Best Short Subject
Father and Daughter, Michael Dudock de Wit (Holland) (also
winner of the HP Crystal Vision Award, $2,500 in cash and a HP iPAQ
Pocket Computer); Best Music Video, Flogging Molly: Whats
Left of The Flag Steve Marino, Voodoo Design & Special Effects
(NYC-USA); Best Commercial Museum of the Mountain Man Steve
Marino, Voodoo Design & Special Effects, (NYC-USA); Best Student
Production Time for Change, Daniel DeJesus, FSU (USA); Best
Experimental Untitled: 003 Embryo Mike Goedecke, (USA),
Best Unproduced Screenplay, Wizard of Genoa Gary L. Miner,
the HP Crystal Vision Award for Feature Films, Artworks
Jim Amatulli (USA) ($2,500 cash award and a HP iPAQ Pocket Computer.
- It was also awarded a Gold Special Jury Award for Creative Excellence.)
In addition to Grand Awards, WorldFest presented a special Grant-in-Aid
Award: the Eastman Kodak Cinematography Award, $2500 in 35mm or 16mm
film stock to the short film The Legend of Razorback, Michael
Greenspan, Los Angeles, California. Other major Gold Special Jury Awards
in the feature film categories went to Queen of The Gypsies
directed by Jocelyn Ajami, Documentary (USA); "War Birds: Diary
of an Unknown Aviator" Robert Clem, Waterfront Pictures, Documentary
(USA); Kung Phooey. Quest for the Ancient Peach Darryl Fong,
Comedy (USA); Morlang Tjebbo Penning, Phanta Vision Film
Intl, Suspense/Thriller (Holland); All-American Boy John
Truby, PJM Productions, Dramatic (USA); Touching Wild Horses
Eleanore Lindo, Family/Children (CANADA); The Anarchist Cookbook
Jordan Susman, First Feature (USA); May & August Raymond
To, Foreign Film (China); Hungry Hearts Glenn M. Benest,
Dramatic/Mature Themes (USA); Hukkle Hungarofilm, Experimental
(Hungary) and Japanese Devils a.k.a. Riben Guizi Akiko Agishi,
Altogether, more than 4,500 category entries were
received for WorldFest, a 36-year record for WorldFest, the
largest and oldest film festival in North American operating under the
same continuous non-profit management and the only one fiercely dedicated
to presenting and honoring only new independent, undistributed films.
WorldFest was founded in 1961 as a Film Society and became an international
competitive event in 1968.
Another important dimension for WorldFest was the special digital video
projection by Wagner Media and Christie Digital Systems, with the new
Wagner/Christie Roadie X10 DLP Black Chip?Digital Projector
screening more than 100 features and shorts at the festival. Viewers
were astounded at the brilliance and clarity of the new Wagner/Christie
Digital equipment and the filmmakers made regular pilgrimages up to
the projection booth to take a look at the current cinematic state-of-the-art
technology. All came away both impressed and inspired by this look at
the digital future of the movies and theaters.
There were 9 exceptional seminars, presented by experienced professionals.
These included: Kodak/24P Film Capture presented by Ken Replich and
(in 2-parts), Agents & Managers & Studios: An Overview by Andrew
Deane of Immortal Entertainment (LA), Writing & Selling Screenplays:
Beyond the Script by John Truby, Indie Film Distribution by Stuart Strutin
of Panorama Entertainment (NY), Acting, Casting & Modeling by Page
Parks, Music Scoring for Film & Video presented by Shark (The Spreading
Ground) and an exciting and informative panel on Producing and Directing
the Independent Feature with filmmakers; Jim Amatulli (USA), Harold
Brodie (New Zealand), David Craig (Texas), Steven Couchoron (France),
Annette Ernst (Germany), Juan Carlos Garza (USA), Isabelle Lukacie (France),
Cristobal Krusen (South Africa), Andrew Levine (USA), Eszter Nordin
(Hungary), David Ofek (Israel), Rolf Schrader (USA), Vangelis Seitanidis
(Greece), John Truby (USA), Pieter Verheoff (Holland), and moderated
by David Winning, (Director-Producer, LA & Canada), Special Effects
Production for Indie Films by Steve Wolf (The Firm, Cast Away).
WorldFest-Houston is unique in the festival world, as it is totally
dedicated to the Independent feature and short film. WorldFest does
not screen any feature or short films produced by the major studios
or distributors as it feels that the Indie filmmakers are the ones that
need support from a film festival. WorldFest offers 12 major areas of
competition and awards, including Documentary, Film & Video production,
TV & Cable production, Experimental, Short Subjects, TV Commercials,
Screenplays, Radio & Print, Music Video, New Media, Feature Films
and Student Films. Both film and video formats are accepted, video only
for the jury deliberations. WorldFest is sponsored by HP/Hewlett Packard,
Hummer & H2, RM Crowe, The City of Houston, The Houston Film Commission,
The State of Texas, The Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County,
The NEA, The Texas Commission for the Arts, Wagner Media, The Houston
Yacht Club, The Inter-Continental Hotel, Nova Cinemas, Eastman Kodak,
and The Houston Film Society. It is a non-profit 501-(c)-(3) cultural/educational
organization, founded in 1961.
Next up: WorldFest No.37, April 2004!
Entries open August 1st, the EarlyBird (discount) Deadline: Nov. 15,
Main Deadline: Dec. 15th
Final Brickwall (late fee) Deadline: Jan. 15, 2004.
Full Entry Info & Entry Forms are on the web at www.worldfest.org.
For the complete 2004 entry and info package, send your name and address
to: The 37th Annual WorldFest-Houston, P.O. Box 56566 Houston, Texas
USA 77256-6566 Or email: email@example.com (Phone 713-965-9955 Fax
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