About

WorldFest was founded over 50 years ago as Cinema Arts, an International Film Society in August, 1961. WorldFest became the third competitive international film festival in North America, following San Francisco and New York. WorldFest is the oldest Independent Film & Video Festival in the World. It evolved into a competitive International Film Festival in April, 1968. It was founded by award-winning producer/director Hunter Todd to present a quality film festival for the Independent filmmakers.

WorldFest is one of the oldest and largest film & video competitions in the world, with more than 4,500 category entries received from over 33 countries in 2015. Actually WorldFest is 10 Major film & video competitions in one event, unlike Cannes, Sundance and Toronto, which are just 2 competitions for shorts and features only. Because of our 10 major competitions and the 200+ sub-categories, WorldFest does give a lot of awards, but they are both earned and deserved.

Awards

Because of our 12 major competitions and the 200+ sub-categories, WorldFest does give a lot of awards, but they are both earned and deserved. No awards are given in any category unless the scores from the juries are high enough to place for honors.

Rules

  • Productions from 2015 to 2017 are eligible.
  • WorldFest prefers actual Premieres! If you have been screened in many other festivals, and won lots of awards, all over the world, our sincere “Congratulations!” and we do welcome your entries into competition, but Premieres receive a higher Screening Priority.
  • You can see a full list of all categories here. Short subjects are all in the 300 series, Features are in the 001-027. Film & Video production is in the 200 series. Scripts are in the 700 category series. TV, Cable & Web Production is in the 100 series and so forth. Simply fill in all the categories you wish to enter.
  • Select the main competition category number that seems most appropriate. You can enter in up to four additional categories for an additional fee.
  • Fill out your automatic online entry form and and mail it in with your entry (DVD/BluRay), or Email or Fax it if your entry is Online via Vimeo. 
  • We screen in DVD, USB, DCP & BluRay on big screens in the AMC Theaters.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Documents

Place

United States
Houston

Official website

worldfest.org

Contacts

US Mail:

9898 Bissonnet
Ste #650
Houston, TX 77036
United States

Phone: (713) 965-9955

Email: entry@worldfest.org

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    August 15, 2018
  • Earlybird Deadline
    November 15, 2018
  • Main Deadline
    December 15, 2018
  • Late Entry Deadline
    January 15, 2019
  • Extended Deadline
    January 31, 2019
  • Notifications
    April 01, 2019
  • Event dates
    5 — 14 April 2019
Categories & Fees

15 minutes maximum

  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Main Deadline — $45
  • Late Entry Deadline — $70
  • Extended Deadline — $75

from 15 to 69:59 Minutes

  • Earlybird Deadline — $65
  • Main Deadline — $75
  • Late Entry Deadline — $90
  • Extended Deadline — $100

70 minutes minimum. 001. Action / Adventure 002. Animated (Any Technique) 003. Anime / Manga 004. Docu-Drama 005. Documentary 006. Comedy 007. Comedy – Black/Dark 008. Comedy – Romantic 009. Christian 010. Dramatic 011. Suspense / Thriller 012. Experimental / Dogma 013. Family / Children 014. Fantasy / Horror 015. First Feature 016. Foreign 017. Historical / Period Piece 018. Low Budget (under 250 thousand) 019. Mature / Adult Themes 020. Musical 021. Romance 022. Science Fiction 023. Westerns 024. Work in Progress – Feature Films 025A. The NASA Awards, any short film using NASA stock footage as a critical part of the film. CRAFT CATEGORIES: 025. Art Direction (additional category only) 026. Cinematography (additional category only) 027. CGI / Computer Generated SFX 028. Directing (additional category only) 029. Editing (additional category only) 030. Music Score (additional category only) 031. Make-up & Special Make-up Effects Design 032. Screenplay / Script of entered feature

  • Earlybird Deadline — $85
  • Main Deadline — $95
  • Late Entry Deadline — $125
  • Extended Deadline — $150

Should run from 70 to 120-150 pages for a standard 2 hour feature film.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $80
  • Main Deadline — $90
  • Late Entry Deadline — $125
  • Extended Deadline — $150

The list of categories: http://worldfest.org/competition-categories/

  • Earlybird Deadline — $85
  • Main Deadline — $95
  • Late Entry Deadline — $125
  • Extended Deadline — $150

The list of categories: http://worldfest.org/competition-categories/

  • Earlybird Deadline — $85
  • Main Deadline — $95
  • Late Entry Deadline — $125
  • Extended Deadline — $150

(INCLUDING WEBSITES & 3D PRODUCTIONS)

  • Earlybird Deadline — $90
  • Main Deadline — $100
  • Late Entry Deadline — $125
  • Extended Deadline — $150

The list of categories: http://worldfest.org/competition-categories/

  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Main Deadline — $45
  • Late Entry Deadline — $70
  • Extended Deadline — $75
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