51st WorldFest “For Hardcore Fans” - Liberty Vindicator

Our first few days have been action packed with Ethan Hawke receiving a career achievement award at the opening night screening of his new film, Blaze.



Perry King, received an award for his direction of The Divide and we still have many more films and fun until April 29th, 2018!

Mid-stride at WorldFest-Houston and continuing on until Sunday, April 29th, 2018! We are unspooling another exciting film line-up this year! Our website www.worldfest.org features schedule, trailers and ticketing with a new “hardcore” design by our official festival ad agency, Lopez Negrete Communications.


This year offers 14 world premieres from 76 independent features, the 13th Panorama Italia with a comedic flair and a continuing Focus on China which spotlights the vast emerging Chinese cinematic world! All screenings will be at our superb new venue, The Memorial City Cinemark 16 with luxury reclining seats. 


The festival concludes with Disobedience, directed by this year’s Academy Award winner for best foreign film, Chilean Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman). Disobedience explores the boundaries of faith and sexuality in a Jewish Orthodox community and has quite a buzz about the on screen connection between Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams. Not to be missed is the China closing film, The Lord of Shanghai directed by highly-acclaimed Chinese director, Sherwood Hu, in attendance. 


Filmmakers are attending 95% of this year’s premieres at WorldFest. Several compelling world premiere documentaries include Sea Change, a 7,000 mile harrowing rowboat journey from Africa to NY City captured by 8 GoPro cameras; Whitney Close Up, a docu-drama on Whitney Houston as seen through the lens of filmmaker and past Remi winner, Rudy Dolezal; When I Sing, an entertainingly raucous journey of Linda Chorney, the first truly independent musician nominated for a Grammy as she breaks out of her “almost famous” history of 30+ years of gigging on the road and Bruno, the docu-drama of the recently-late Bruno Sammartino, the Italian-born American professional wrestler who held the World Title for more than 11 years. 


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