45th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival
April 13 - April 22, 2012
WorldFest Houston presents the 45th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, April 13 through April 22, 2012. The 45th annual film festival, the oldest one in Houston, features independent film of all genres.
With a fresh new look and brand new boots, WorldFest is ready to kick into high gear…! The 45TH Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival is excited to announce its 2012 film line-up now posted on our website at www.worldfest.org with the great Texan boot design by our new Ad Agency of Record, TIPPIT & MOO.
This year promises to be another great cornucopia for true cineastes offering delights of 15 World Premieres from 53 features; the annual Italian Panorama with a comedic flair; a triple whammy from the Russian sector, an Israeli Special Focus with director, Dani Menkin attending for his film Je T’Aime, I Love you Terminal, and even a film from Eritrea, (that’s just north of Ethiopia for all of us who are a wee bit geographically challenged)…!
WorldFest opens this year with the World Premiere of Smitty, a film produced by festival alum, Michael Baumgarten (Exodus Fall) and directed by David Michael Evans. Starring Peter Fonda and Louis Gossett, Jr., Smitty is the heartwarming coming-of-life story introducing Brandon Tyler Russell featuring a great ensemble cast of Mira Sorvino, Jason London, Lolita Davidovich and Booboo Stewart.
Other special highlights will be Henry Jaglom’s brand new film, Just 45 Minutes from Broadway and the poignant closing film, America directed by Sonia Fritz of Puerto Rico. Directors are planning to attend 95% of this year’s Premieres at WorldFest. Several compelling docs include Awaken the Dragon, Empire Me, This Space Available and Gotthard Schuh: A Sensual Vision of the World by the renowned Swiss photog from the 1930s. Not to be missed is festival alum, Shawn Welling’s sneak peek of his latest film, The Legend of Dark Horse County featuring Olivia Chachi Gonzales.
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 at WorldFest.”
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, Lucas, The Coen Brothers, Ridley Scott, Robert Rodriguez, Randal Kleiser, Spike Lee, Gavin Hood, John Lee Hancock, 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 45 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.
All screenings will be at The AMC Studio 30 on Dunvale (2949 Dunvale) our festival partner.
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The 45th 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 the State of Texas, the City of Houston, HP, NASA, AMC Theaters, The Houston Film Commission, Boxer Properties, The Houston Yacht Club, Wagner Media, The Hotel Marriott Westchase, 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.
For more information on the 45th Annual 2012 WorldFest-Houston, Trailers, schedule and ticketing now available at: http://www.worldfest.org.