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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?
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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 Jeffrey Massie

An interview with screenwriter Jeffrey Massie 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: Eighty-Eight Frequencies is the true story of a movie star who set out to defeat the Nazis and ended up inventing the cellphone.

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've had several other friends who have done well at the Houston WorldFest, and they recommended it to me.

I was a finalist for the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab, and I placed in the Austin Heart of Texas Festival.

The script is currently entered for the Nicholl Fellowship and I'll probably give Austin another shot. (My protagonist's fifth husband was an oilman; other than that I have no idea why my script is so well-liked in Texas.)

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: Overall I was very pleased with Houston WorldFest. I traveled to Houston for the awards weekend and I had a great time.

WorldFest is a big film festival. They honor everything from theatrical features and shorts to commercials and industrial films, and they give out a *lot* of awards (913 this year!)

I've participated in a number of festivals, and although WorldFest is well-organized for its size and scope there were still some hitches. They invite all their finalists in advance to their awards dinner and give trophies to all those who show up, so it was a *long* evening!

Their categories and award structure seems to change from year to year. For example, a friend of mine won a first-place Gold Remi in my category in 1996. This year I also won a first-place award but it was a Platinum Remi. In the past they have given out festival-wide Special Jury Prizes and a Grand Award for screenplays; this year there was a Grand Remi for Best Screenplay but no Special Jury Prizes.

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

A: No feedback. I don't recall if Houston is one of the festivals that offers written feedback for an additional fee, but I don't sign up for it when it's offered.

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

A: None yet, although in fairness it's only been a week since the awards. We'll see ...

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

A: I earned a BFA in film production at New York University’s Tisch School Of The Arts. I was in the same class as Joel Silver and Amy Heckerling, as a result of which someone once bought me a drink.

Eighty-Eight Frequencies is one of four feature-length scripts I have completed and am currently pitching. The others:

  • Equity, an historical drama set during the 1919 Actors Equity strike of Broadway actors;
  • Tabula Rasa, a comedy/fantasy about a thirteen-year-old aspiring filmmaker; and
  • Babes In Armor, an R-rated black comedy-satire-Rodgers-and-Hart musical.


All my work is available through WinningScripts.com and on my blog.

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

A: I have lived in Los Angeles for over half my life, for all the good it's done me ... ;)

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

A: I have several script ideas in the fire, but it's too soon for me to say which will be my next magnum opus.

Posted Sunday, May 6, 2007