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The Houston Intl. Film & Video Festival ~WorldFest-Houston~ (HIFF))'s core mission is to annually discover, recognize and honor outstanding creative excellence in Independently produced cinema from all over the globe by a yearly competition and exhibition of the very top winners in a public forum. HIFF also offers a slate of quality Master/Class seminars, superb networking opportunities, an exciting Awards ceremony and concludes with a Texas style Barbecue and Sailboat Regatta on upper Galveston Bay for attending filmmakers and guests.
Now preparing for our 48 th annual edition, WorldFest-Houston /HIFF is a yearly competitive film and video festival of independently produced projects from more than 35 nations around the globe. Top tier winners are selected from a competition within three major categories; feature films, documentaries and short subjects. These top winners are then programmed for a public exhibition during the 10-day event in April at The AMC Studio 30 on Dunvale, our theatre sponsor. All WorldFest events are always open to the public.
WorldFest was founded in 1961 as The Cinema Arts Society and grew to be the first international independent competitive event of its kind as the initial film festival of the South and the third oldest film festival in the USA(after San Franciscoand New York.) WorldFest has awarded young film directors such as Steven Spielberg (Amblin ’72), George Lucas (THXll38 ’72), David Lynch (The Grandmother ’71), Randal Kleiser (Peege ’74) Ang Lee) Pushing Hands ’92), Ridley Scott (Apple Computer ad ’85), Lesli Linka Glatter (Tales of Meeting & Parting '85), Robert Rodriguez (Bedheads ’91), Robert Townsend, Oliver Stone (Salvador,’87 ), Tim Reid (Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored, ’96), Gavin Hood (The Shopkeeper, ’98), Spike Lee (Four Little Girls ’98), & John Lee Hancock (short scripts) with their very first awards.
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