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.
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.
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 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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