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Worldfest - Houston Int'l Film Festival

Worldfest - Houston

Contact

Post Office Box 56566
Houston, TX 77256
713-965-9955 (voice)
713-965-9960 (fax)

Web: www.worldfest.org
Email: mail@worldfest.org

Contact: J. Hunter Todd, Founder/Chairman

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Feedback: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (1.9/5.0)
Report Cards: 11    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Objective

Contest founded in 1988 to provide an opportunity to compete with talent from around the world. The 42nd Annual WorldFest offers Cash Awards, Special Screenplay Master Classes, significant mentoring and project development opportunities during the ten-day festival. More than 550 international filmmakers and writers attend each year. All Remi Nominees receive VIP Gold All Access Passes to the Festival and the Master Classes (A $800 value). Each festival finds new partnerships, options on scripts, development deals and new friends and contacts in the international film industry.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Contact contest for this year's deadline.

Rules

All entries must include a short synopsis for the jury. No limit to the number of entries. We now offer 13 different sub-categories for competition.

Awards

Industry recognition, statues, framed plaques, cash, and raw stock grants.

Worldfest - Houston

Contact

Post Office Box 56566
Houston, TX 77256
713-965-9955 (voice)
713-965-9960 (fax)

Web: www.worldfest.org
Email: mail@worldfest.org

Contact: J. Hunter Todd, Founder/Chairman

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Feedback: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (1.9/5.0)
Report Cards: 11    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Worldfest - Houston

Contact

Post Office Box 56566
Houston, TX 77256
713-965-9955 (voice)
713-965-9960 (fax)

Web: www.worldfest.org
Email: mail@worldfest.org

Contact: J. Hunter Todd, Founder/Chairman

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Feedback: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (1.9/5.0)
Report Cards: 11    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

WorldFest 2007 Announces Competition Results

WorldFest has announced their screenplay competition winners for 2007.

Updated: 05/03/2007

WorldFest Announces Screenplay Winners

WorldFest Houston has announced their Platinum Award winning scripts for 2006.

Updated: 05/03/2006

34th Annual WorldFest Screenplay Award Winners

WorldFest has announced its complete list of screenplay award winners.

Updated: 05/08/2001

WorldFest Houston Wraps Up 2001 Festival

WorldFest Houston 2001 wraps up with awards, box office up 5%.

Updated: 05/05/2001

WorldFest-Houston Contest Winners

Updated: 04/18/2000

Worldfest - Houston

Contact

Post Office Box 56566
Houston, TX 77256
713-965-9955 (voice)
713-965-9960 (fax)

Web: www.worldfest.org
Email: mail@worldfest.org

Contact: J. Hunter Todd, Founder/Chairman

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.2/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Feedback: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (1.9/5.0)
Report Cards: 11    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Patricia Mahon

An interview with screenwriter Patricia Mahon regarding the Worldfest - Houston Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: The title is THE ABBEY YARD. It is a TRUE ghost story or a haunting ... if you will.

In 1915 a dead man appears to his young daughter in an ancient Irish cemetery. The man's return to the town sparks controversy and panic. News of the sighting unearths murderous plots, spiteful love triangles, and the clash of Christian ethics and Irish faerylore.

The presiding image of the story, the Duiske Abbey, is a testament to Irish monastic life. It is one of Ireland’s finest abbeys and the scene of one of its most notorious massacres when 12 monks were slaughtered on the main altar at the behest of Elizabeth I (1559-1603). Legend has it that the white-hooded, Cistercian monks continued to chant as they lost their heads to the sword.

The unnerving chant of the ancient monks pervades the story. It rings in the ears of the townspeople along with the forbidden secrets that swirl within in the forbidden “Yard” about the lives and deaths of its inhabitants. Those lives span centuries and sometimes walk and talk in the dark, Irish night where ghosts confront their oppressors and oppressors confront their own ghosts.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: I entered this contest because it seemed to respect period pieces and historical efforts. The Abbey Yard took over 15 years to write and much work and research went into it.

I entered Slam Dance as well, but not before tightening and revising the script and altering the structure dramatically. Slam Dance gave me very high marks for my dialogue and characterization.

Q: Were you satisfied with the adminstration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: I am obviously satisfied with the judging. I was unable to attend the ceremony due to a family illness (my brother is very ill and is waiting for a kidney transplant). I have yet to receive my prize.

Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?

A: I did not get any specific feedback on the script other than the very top prize ... a Platinum Remi Award.

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: I have not been contacted by anyone.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I have been writing poetry since the age of nine. I have won several poetry competitions, including the Scottish International Open Poetry Competition. I have also had my poetry published in various academic journals. I am a produced playwright (Los Angeles). I have studied literature extensively including courses in Oxford, mostly on WB Yeats. I also have a degree in Irish Literature from Trinity Collge in Dublin.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: I live in Playa del Rey right in the city of Los Angeles.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: I have already completed a wonderful comedy that has made the final rounds of several contests. I am just finishing another contemporary story which is quitecompelling. It continues my fascination with life, death, and the places in between. It will be my finest effort to date.

Posted Thursday, May 19, 2005