Discover new and different perspectives on H-Town at the 10-day WorldFest-Houston International Independent Film Festival at Cinemark 18 in Memorial City through Sunday, April 29, 2018.
Happening now, WorldFest-Houston continues to please audiences this week, with daily screenings of independent films from around the world. More than 1,000 International filmmakers from 74 countries are expected to attend the film festival’s 10 days of festivities.
Houston audiences can also enjoy a several Houston-centric screenings, including the Chinese-American film Hidden Summer, directed by Houston-raised Jordan Hwang, and an evening of short films created by Houston filmmakers.
Filmed in Houston, Hidden Summer tells the story of a Chinese mother who comes to the United States to help her daughter start college. She faces challenges as she begins a new life after a broken marriage.
The 68-minute film was directed by Jordan Hwang, who grew up in Houston. It’s in Chinese and English, with English subtitles.
Hidden Summer will be screened on Tuesday, April 24 and on Closing Day, Sunday, April 29, at 5pm on both days.
Catch seven short films created by Houston-based filmmakers.
There’s a documentary by Anna Boyter, Breaking Bread, which chronicles a Farm to Table dinner led by James Beard-nominated chef Richard Knight.
Dramas include Tsvetelina Pourciau’s Taco Hell, a horror film about a disturbing home; Anthony Vasser’s iT the Movie about an artificial intelligence; and Arvi Ragu’s One Small Step, about a seven-year old raising money for space research.
Other Houston films include Damir Catic’s The Lost: Director’s Cut about the sinister secrets found in an abandoned home, Tsvetelina Pourciau’s Total Bliss, a dark comedy about an experimental mental treatment; and Jimmy Logan’s The Heart Knows Country, where a 17-year old Chinese girl flees her family and arrives in the United States.
The Houston Shorts series will be screened on Tuesday, April 24, starting at 7pm. Individual shorts will also be screened at different times.
Screenings & Event Locations
Cinemark Memorial City, the new location welcoming WorldFest-Houston, provides a luxurious experience to festival goers with leather lounge seating, 4K projections, and enhanced sound systems meant to translate exactly how these emerging filmmakers intended their films to be viewed.
As for other festivities, the Houston Marriott Westchase Hotel serves as the venue for the April 28 awards dinner, as well as nine film industry seminars.
The Houston Yacht Club will host a regatta and barbecue to close the festival on April 29. All screening and festival events are open to the general public.
Tickets to the Opening Night Premiere are $25 for the film only or $50 for the premiere and admission to the champagne after party.
Ticket prices start at $7.50 for matinee screenings (1pm and 3pm); $12.50 for all evening screenings; $100 for a VIP Film Buff Pass which is good for any 11 admissions (not including Opening Night); $200 for a VIP Silver Screen Pass which includes all screenings (and Opening Night); $500 for a VIP Gold Pass to all shows and the nine Master Class seminars, and $1000 for a VIP Platinum Pass which includes every single event throughout the festival calendar.
51st Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival
- Dates: Daily through Sunday, April 29, 2018
- Times: Times vary daily for events and individual movies. Click here for a complete list of events, show times and dates.
- Location: Screenings at Cinemark Memorial City, 310 Memorial City Way, Houston, TX 77024; all other festival events at Houston Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briarpark Drive, Houston, TX 77042
- Parking: Free lot parking is available in the surrounding area
- Admission: Tickets to the Opening Night Premiere are $25; tickets to the premiere and post-film champagne after party at $50; VIP Platinum Passes are $1000. Tickets to individual movies, Film Buff passes; week-long passes or tickets to other special events may be purchased online or in person at the Cinemark Memorial City Theatre. Click here to order tickets or for more information.
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