Explore the works of Texas filmmakers at WorldFest-Houston in Memorial City

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Catching Giants | Photo courtesy of WorldFest Houston

Discover the cinematic accomplishments on offer from some of Houston and Texas’ fine filmmakers at the 10-day WorldFest-Houston International Independent Film Festival at Cinemark Memorial City from Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 14, 2019. 

With international filmmakers descending on the city for WorldFest-Houston, film fanatics are encouraged to check out the more than 200 film premieres taking place across ten days of screenings.

Houston audiences can enjoy several feature-length and short film presentations by local and Texas-based filmmakers.

The Last Astronaut

Debuting at WorldFest-Houston in its world premiere, The Last Astronaut tells the tale of two girls whose lives are intertwined with NASA and the CIA after encountering an extraterrestrial lifeform at a young age. Later in life, when the two capture an image of an alien crash landing, they set off to find that last astronaut — before the government gets there first.

Directed by Houston-based Shawn Welling, The Last Astronaut is screening on Sunday, April 7, as well as on the final night of the festival, Sunday, April 14, at 7pm on both days.

Click here to view the full schedule and purchase tickets.

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The Last Astronaut | Photo courtesy of the artist

Texas-sized Short Films

This year, WorldFest-Houston features a curated selection of short films from Texas- and Houston-based filmmakers.

On Monday, April 8, the Texas Shorts program screens two sets of films beginning with Monochrome: The Chromism, a story about an outbreak of colorful hues cropping up in a black-and-white world.

Two very different examinations of fragile relationships play out in the following films, Not Me and Suffocate, while the second block of Texas Shorts tackles society rising above disrespectful extremes in Indivisible; the fallout from a breakup in Going Nowhere; and a chase to protect giraffe wildlife in the documentary, Catching Giants.

A six-film run of Houston-based filmmakers takes place on Tuesday, April 9, including the DWI documentary, 10,000 Lives; films that examine the search for answers after deep, personal loss in West of Leona and Clare; events that surround tragedy in 11 Seconds and Just Before the Last War; and a tense film centered on the contents of a briefcase amid Amish society in Rumspringa Prelude.

The Texas Shorts program screens on Monday, April 8 at 5pm and 7pm; Houston- and other Texas-based films appear on Tuesday, April 9 at 7pm.

Click here to view the entire Short Film schedule and purchase tickets.

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Monochrome: The Chromism | Photo courtesy of the artist

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.

Click here to read about VIP options.

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Photo courtesy of WorldFest-Houston

Ticket Options 

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.

Click here for a complete list of ticket options, showtimes, and dates.

52nd Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival

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