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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 R.D. Wright

An interview with screenwriter R.D. Wright 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: ZOM is a manic tale about mind control. It won the Gold Remi Award (Second Place) in the Horror/Thriller/Mystery category:

In the computer age, there have been significant advances in the field of brainwave entrainment. This branch of neuro-science uses sound waves through headphones to regulate the human brain.

Professor John Lanfield has selected college students to further his studies in this field, but something has gone terribly wrong: Three students from the previous semester have vanished. When the new semester begins, we meet three gifted undergrads: Paige, who hopes to help learning disabled children; her boyfriend, Raymond, who is an aspiring doctor; and Elroy, a math genius who has a weight problem. When one more student disappears, these three resolve to uncover what is really going on.

In the mix, FBI Agent Durkin is also investigating the case. Although he cannot prove it, he suspects that Professor Lanfield is involved in a corporate conspiracy of mind control. Paige, Raymond and Elroy suspect this as well, and they even muster enough courage to steal some of Lanfield's data. But these three have also been hooked up to the sound machines, so things might not be as they appear. Meanwhile, another student is removed from the group -- in pieces.

The trail leads to a tall building on campus, where the real culprit (name withheld) has assembled the twelve subjects on the rooftop for a ritual of suicide. Paige is one of those twelve, as Raymond struggles to free himself from his captors. Raymond is not affected by the sound waves, so it's up to him to stop his girl from plunging to her death. But first he must overcome the others -- and they are totally zommed!

Let's stop this conspiracy of mind control and deception!

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

A: WorldFest is one of the oldest and most respected film festivals around, having launched the careers of many notable filmmakers. There's that, plus the fact that I live in Texas and felt as though I could attend if I won. I'm glad that I did. I met many talented people from all over the world.

An early draft of ZOM had been entered in the 2006 PAGE Awards, where it made the quarterfinals.

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: Yes, everything was right on time. The award promised was simply that I was in the top 4 in my category. I didn't know that I had placed second until I actually attended. Since this is my first win, I think that's not too shabby.

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

A: WorldFest does not offer feedback.

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

A: Some people that I actually met at the festival are now in possession of the script. In addition to that, I have had a request from one manager, and my InkTip hits are way up. We'll see what happens next, but yes, it has certainly helped.

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

A: My background is in other fields like graphic design, publishing and printing. I have also had experience in the nightclub business. But my roots are in the theater and in movies, a lifestyle that I gave up long ago in pursuit of more "practical" things. I have since learned that the only practical thing is to do something you love, and I am right at home with writing movies. I've been at it for four years, and I have no intention of quitting.

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

A: No, but I am free to go there anytime. I have lived in L.A. before, and I know that a move wouldn't be wise until I have something solid to bank on.

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

A: Oh, yes. I've just completed a horror/western, and I am about to embark on yet another tale with a very high concept. Always working on new material.

Posted Wednesday, July 16, 2008