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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 Julie Bergh

An interview with screenwriter Julie Bergh 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: CSI: Too Little, Too Late. First of all, this is based on an actual event, which really pulled some triggers. In this story, Grissom and his team are given a case that is eerily similar to another crime scene that just happened in Fort Worth. They're stuck between a rock and a hard place when the Mayor puts pressure on them to quickly solve it and potentially put an innocent person behind bars. The guilty ball rallies between several characters - including two children. It's one that keeps you in suspense until the very end.

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 read MovieBytes regularly. The report cards are very helpful - crammed with a lot of great info! I happened to have a script that was ready to go and the deadline was getting pretty close, so I thought "why not?" Their report on Worldfest looked good and the entry fee wasn't way out of whack.

This contest was the first landing spot for this particular script. I took home the Platinum Remi Award (1st Place) so now I need to find a place to put it, which I'm sure won't be too difficult since it's my very first award!

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: It was VERY professionaly run. They emailed me the very day that they were scheduled to begin winner notification. Actually, at first I thought it was a hoax (guess I was kind of leery) so I called the office and they laughed. They said that they wouldn't send the announcement to me if it weren't for real. The gentleman on the other end of the phone was very friendly and professional, looked up my name and the script's title in his computer and reassured me that I had actually won. Whew! The Awards Ceremony was great and yes, I did get my award as promised. Great job Worldfest!

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

A: Actually, two seminars were given by a great director named Jon Scheide. He did a great job and actually went one on one with people that brought in their scripts! He spent at least fifteen minutes on each. It was invaluable! Jon, if you're reading this, THANKS!

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

A: Well, the festivities ended yesterday, so let's give it a little time. I DID meet a lot of producers, directors, etc.

I truly believe you need to put yourself out there and force yourself to smile and introduce yourself to new people. I think that for a lot of writers, we're in "our own world" so much that stepping out of our comfort zone can be a little tough - but it is worth the effort!

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

A: Background, hmmm? I'm a mother, a wife and a business owner. My time is pretty limited - but I really do squeeze in as much time as possible to write. I have taken several courses for both screenwriting and television writing - PLUS it seems as though I'm constantly reading and researching.

Like everyone else out there, I have several screenplays, teleplays and pilot scripts in limbo. I need to go and get them and either work on them or toss 'em.

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

A: Right now, I don't live there. But I'll keep my options open. Besides, flying is fun!

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

A: More writing. I'm currently working on a tv pilot/MOW.

Posted Monday, April 26, 2004