Let your inner film buff roam free with 10 days of 200 film premieres, seminars, award ceremonies, and more at the 52nd Annual WorldFest-Houston, taking place at Cinemark 18 in Memorial City from Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 14, 2019.
Since 1961, WorldFest-Houston has celebrated creative excellence in the emerging cinema of independent filmmakers from around the world. Now embarking on their 52nd year, the festival showcases the talents of countless individuals while offering seminars to future filmmakers.
With more than 1,000 International filmmakers descending on the city for ten days of festivities, WorldFest-Houston remains one of the most popular film events in Houston and the oldest independent film and video festival in the world.
Rising Talents Past & Present
Over the course of its rich 52-year history, WorldFest has awarded top honors to many industry greats before they were famous, including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, the Coen Brothers, Ridley Scott, Robert Rodriguez, Gavin Hood, John Lee Hancock, Michael Cimino, Brian de Palma, Oliver Stone, Ang Lee, Atom Egoyan, David Lynch, and more.
To open the 52nd WorldFest-Houston, Director Tim Disney will present his remarkable film, William, which tells the tale of the only living Neanderthal in the world. A champagne after party will follow at the Westin Hotel in Memorial City.
This year also features the fifth annual Panorama China which surveys modern Chinese cinema from independent and major studio films.
WorldFest-Houston also continues its annual Short Film Showcase, with a review of 124 award-winning short films from around the world.
In addition, several of the feature films premiering during WorldFest-Houston will feature the directors presenting and conducting Q&A sessions.
Screenings & Event Locations
Cinemark Memorial City 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, VIP packages grant access to the Awards Gala and Dinner Reception, master class seminars, tours of the NASA Rocket Park, and more. The Houston Yacht Club will also host a regatta and barbecue to close the festival.
All screening and festival events are open to the general public.
Tickets to the Opening Night Premiere are $20 for the film only or $30 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 Master Class seminars, and $1000 for a VIP Platinum Pass which includes every single event throughout the festival calendar.
52nd Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival
- Dates: Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 14, 2019
- 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
- Parking: Free lot parking is available in the surrounding area
- Admission: Tickets to the Opening Night Premiere are $20; tickets to the premiere and post-film champagne after party are $30; 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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