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"Fiercly Independent"

"FORGET SUNDANCE! …WorldFest is one of the best conceived festival productions
on the planet!“ ~ Craig Outhier, film critic, Phoenix press; Tempe Times.
The 35TH Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival has set its short and feature film schedule for the upcoming April 5-14 event.

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/children’s 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.

The 35th 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: 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 films.

"Small 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:
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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