Festival

The 51st Annual WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival

Ten Great Days in April!

For immediate release: 9 February 2018 …NEWS …NEWS …NEWS …NEWS! 
For more info: ~ Kelly Mann, Entry Director (713) 965-9955 entry@worldfest.org


             51st WORLDFEST-HOUSTON MOVES TO A NEW CITY!”

The 51st Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival is moving into an exciting new World-Class venue for its 2018 event!
For the 51st International Festival and beyond, WorldFest has made the major move to Memorial City-Houston and Cinemark Theatres! Cinemark is the 3rd largest theater chain in the USA and their new luxury Cinemark 18 in Memorial City marks a major move forward for WorldFest into the new generation of high quality theater experiences. 
WorldFest Artistic and Program Director, Kathleen Haney, stated, “We are looking forward to this wonderful new partnership with Cinemark, both for our international filmmakers and our Houston audiences. They will now enjoy a luxurious cinema feel combined with the caring and professional staff at the Cinemark 18 at Memorial City.” Haney continued, “WorldFest will continue to bring the best independent international films along with their directors to Houston and now to Memorial City. This move marks an exciting shift for WorldFest to include sight, sound and feel in our festival for the ultimate cinematic experience!”  
The Cinemark Memorial City Theatre is a state-of-the-art complex with 16 auditoriums featuring Luxury Lounger seating. Cinemark Luxury Loungers are electric-powered, plush, oversize lounge chairs with footrests and cup holders.  
All auditoriums have 4K digital projection powered by Barco projectors and enhanced sound systems that will enable guests to hear the movies as the filmmakers intended. 
Guests will be able to take advantage of a full-serve concession stand offering popcorn, Coca-Cola fountain drinks and favorite candy brands.
Cinemark Theatres, headquartered in Plano, Texas, is a leader in the motion picture exhibition industry and is ranked as one of the top three exhibitors in the United States. 
Cinemark is one of the most geographically diverse circuits in Latin America. 
As of 2017, Cinemark operates theatres in 41 U.S. states and 15 Latin American countries and employs approximately 28,500 people worldwide.
Festival Chairman Hunter Todd stated: “We are tremendously excited about this major move forward for our 51st WorldFest! Cinemark will provide superb facilities, and a wonderful theater staff and exceptional convenience to an outstanding new demographic for our festival! This move is really like a major move to a new city. We look forward to showing our festival goers the luxury of this theater and to another 50 years with our new festival partners, Memorial City and Cinemark!”
Ridley Scott commented “WorldFest is in the business of validating excellence!” after he received the Grand Remi Award in 1985 for his famous 1984 Apple TV commercial. The mission of WorldFest is to recognize and validate creative excellence in film & video production in every facet and category of filmmaking. Many filmmakers report that a Remi Award from WorldFest helps them open doors to advance their film careers.
WorldFest proudly presents two ongoing Panoramas each year; The 13th Annual Panorama Italia co-sponsored by The Italian Cultural Institute and The Italian Consulate in Houston and also the Fourth Annual Panorama China, a major, comprehensive survey of modern Chinese cinema, both independent & major studio films from China. WorldFest will also continue the annual Short Film Showcase, a special review of more than 100 new and award winning shorts and student films...from the festival that gave first top honors to Spielberg, Lucas, The Coen Brothers, Ridley Scott, Robert Rodriguez, Spike Lee, Gavin Hood, John Lee Hancock, Michael Cimino, Steven Poster, Oliver Stone, Ang Lee, Atom Egoyan and David Lynch, among many others! More than 1,000 International filmmakers from 74 countries are expected to attend.
Few other festivals have such a “discovery” track record. WorldFest has emerged as the oldest continuous film festival management in the world with the same executive director, J. Hunter Todd serving for 51 consecutive years. A few other festivals are older, but they have had as many as ten or more different directors. WorldFest is the oldest film festival in The South.

   WorldFest began in August 1961, as an International Film Society. It began screening Independent, foreign & art films. It became an officially competitive International Film Festival seven years later, in April 1968, and has been in continuous operation since. It is one of the original three film festivals in North America, with San Francisco and New York as the first two events. Following WorldFest was Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, and Seattle. Then Sundance and SXSW, Toronto and Tribeca. Now there are more than 3,000 USA film festivals of various types, levels and quality, most being simply non-competitive screening events! WorldFest is international, competitive and invites filmmakers worldwide. WorldFest has emerged as the oldest, longest running Independent Film Festival in the whole wide world!
The 51st Annual WorldFest offers International Competition in; Features, Shorts, TV production, TV commercials, unproduced Screenplays & Teleplays, Experimental, Student, Documentary, Business & Industry, New Media, and Music Videos. WorldFest is the largest film & video competition in the world, in sheer number of actual category entries, with more than 4,300 category entries received in 2017. There are almost 200 sub-categories for competition, allowing each film to compete in its own individual genre. 
WorldFest-Houston is sponsored by Memorial City, Cinemark, Boxer Properties, the State of Texas, the City of Houston, Lopez Negrete Communications, Eastman Kodak, the Texas Film Commission, Arcodoro Ristorante, Masterpiece International, The Universal Film & Festival Organization (UFFO), Cottonwood Financial, the Brown Foundation, InkTip and Avis/Budget and the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA).

If you plan to attend only one film festival, it should be WorldFest.

For more information on the 51st Annual 2018 WorldFest-Houston, simply send your name and address to:
Team WorldFest - 2018
51st Annual WorldFest-Houston
9898 Bissonnet St. #650, Houston, Texas 77036 USA

or call 713-965-9955 or fax: 1-713-965-9960
Or simply email us at: entry@worldfest.org
The complete Festival Screening Schedule, Tickets and VIP Passes  - is on our secure website: https://www.worldfest.org
(The 51st Annual WorldFest-Houston is April 20-29, 2018) 

When:
Apr 20, 2018 to Apr 29, 2018
More than 80 new Feature Film Premieres, including Panorama Italia and Panorama China. Over 120 premiere Short Films, with more than 1,000 international filmmakers attending during the ten-day film festival. Most films will be introduced personally by their directors, with a QA session after the films. Over 200 filmmakers from China attend each year. Panorama China is the largest survey of new films from China in the festival world. All events are open to the general public. There are special shows for families and children, pl;us free evening shows of family films at Memorial City Mall. All premieres are at the Cinemark Theatres in Memorial City Mall. We publish a 102- page color commemorative program book, and it is available online. You will be able to view trailers and previews of all the Feature films and most short films online, and purchase single show tickets and VIP Festival Passes, from the $100 Film Buff Pass, to the ultimate All Festival VIP Platinum Pass at $1,000. WorldFest gave first awards and honors to Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, the Coen Brothers, Ridley Scott, Randal Kleiser and David Lynch - before they were famous. Each year, you will see premieres of new films by the Spielbergs and Ang Lees of tomorrow. WorldFest is an International, Competitive Film Video Festival, and it is the oldest Indie Film Festival in the whole, wide world.  Come and See!
Cost:
$7.50 Matinee, $12.50 Evening Premieres, VIP Series Passes available.
Time:
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Monday Time & Price:
5:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm $7.50 $12.50
Tuesday Time & Price:
5:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm $7.50 $12.50
Wednesday Time & Price:
5:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm $7.50 $12.50
Thursday Time & Price:
5:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm $7.50 $12.50
Friday Time & Price:
5:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm $7.50 $12.50
Saturday Time & Price:
1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm $7.50 Matinee $12.50 eve
Sunday Time & Price:
1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm $7.50 Matinee $12.50 eve
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CRAFT COMMUNITY DAY

Please join HCCC for Craft Community Day

A free spring event featuring local artist guilds and community groups. Visitors of all ages are invited to see a variety of craft demonstrations—previous years have included blacksmithing and metal arts, woodturning, weaving, knitting, ceramics, book arts, and more—and visit the resident artists’ studios, view current exhibitions, and find one-of-a-kind gifts in the Asher Gallery.

Check back for a list of participating artist guilds closer to the event date.

Craft Community Day replaces Hands-on Houston in March. HoH will resume in April!

Please note:  The HCCC parking lot will be blocked off for demonstrations, but street parking is available nearby.

When:
Mar 3, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes

FlowerPalooza

A Modern Twist on Valentine's Shopping

February 10th 10am – 4pm
at 350 W 19th St. 77008
at Emerson Rose Heights

Terrariums, Local Flowers, Seed Bombs, Flower Crowns, and More.

Pop Shop America is back this year at Emerson Rose as the perfect alternative to Valentine’s Day! Shop stylish indoor gardens like terrariums, flower crowns, and otherworldly florals that you won’t see anywhere else.

Joining us will be several local businesses that specialize in interesting and unique florals! Thorn Floral Studio will have fresh local bouquets and flower crowns. There will be tarot readings, cookie dough, and cotton candy too!

You can find plants, vessels, and flowers in lots of different colors in addition to plants that are super easy to care for. It’s perfect for yourself, your gals, and even the guys in your life! Or not into flowers? Find floral creations like essential oils, candles, perfume and more!

When:
Feb 10, 2018
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Cost:
Free
Time:
10:00 am
Saturday Time & Price:
10am - 4pm, Free
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Dance Salad Festival 2018


Now celebrating the 23rd anniversary in Houston and the 26th season since its inception in Brussels, Belgium, Dance Salad Festival is excited to present Royal Swedish Ballet (Stockholm, Sweden), Ballett Zürich (Switzerland), Semperoper Ballett Dresden (Germany), Spellbound Contemporary Ballet (Rome, Italy), Norwegian National Ballet, Guillaume Cote, Principal Dancer of the National Ballet of Canada (Toronto) and Friedmann Vogel, Principal Dancer of the Stuttgart Ballet, performing Maurice Bejart's  Songs of  a Wayfarer, ODC (San Francisco, USA) and Guillaume Hulot (France/Germany). More to come!

***Note the new location.

PERFORMANCES: March 29, 30 and 31, 7:30 PM, in the new location due to flood damage on the Wortham Center.

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby, Houston, TX, 77002.  

TO BUY TICKETS, $25-$58 (including fees) go to www.dancesalad.org.  

Don’t delay as fewer seats will be available in Zilkha Hall. Arrive early for downtown parking.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT PACKAGE for out-of-town visitors:

As a recipient of the special marketing grant through Houston First Corporation's Tourism Incentive Program, Dance Salad Festival is partnering with the DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Houston and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to offer a special package for our out of town guests that will include: 

  • Special Discount on Dance Salad Festival tickets for live performances on March 29, 30 and 31, 2018, 7:30PM, Zilkha Hall, the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Special room rate at the DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Houston with free breakfast and valet parking for two.
  • Free passes to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

CHOREOGRAPHERS’ FORUM –March 28, 2018, 7:00 PM @ Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Featured choreographers to be announced. Free event.

Julia & Romeo by Mats Ek to music of Tchaikovsky and Christian Spuck’s Romeo & Juliet to Prokofiev’s score.

 Dance Salad Festival will present two different takes on Shakespeare’s epic love story. Royal Swedish Ballet will show a Houston premiere of the Balcony pas de deux from Mats Ek’s Julia & Romeo, set to selected works by Tchaikovsky, while Ballet Zurich will show a US premiere by Artistic Director, Christian Spuck, who spins the same story yet under its traditional title of Romeo and Julia set to the widely used score of Prokofiev, also presenting the Balcony pas de duex. 

Mats Ek, master of reinterpretation of the great classics into contemporary dance says: “It’s time to turn the tables…I tried to go back to the source, which is Shakespeare—but before that was an Italian short story called Juliet and Romeo. If you read the play, the major conflict takes place in the family of Juliet… With something we know so well, the title also becomes almost a label, and to turn it around may open the door to rethinking it.” 

Christian Spuck’s Romeo and Julia set to Prokofiev’s score was the first ballet created for Ballett Zurich under his artistic leadership as it holds a special place in his heart. Spuck says: “Romeo and Juliet has followed me throughout my life… The first ballet music I ever heard was Prokofiev’s score, and I still think it is the most exciting and moving ballet music that exists.” 

Spellbound Contemporary Ballet, Rome, will mark its 4th appearance in Dance Salad Festival with a Houston premiere of the curated version of Rossini Ouvertures, comic and imaginative piece set to music of Gioachino Rossini, and mysterious and introspective The Hesitation Day, set to music by Norn and Amon Tobin, all choreographed by company’s Artistic Director, Mauro Astolfi

Dresden Semperoper Ballett, Germany, makes its 5th appearance at Dance Salad Festival with David Dawson’s Pas de Deux from On the Nature of Daylight set to music by Max Richter. On the Nature of Daylight is Dawson’s one of the most well known and long lived works that explores the eternal theme of love. Premiered in Semperoper Ballett Dresden and Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Munich, Germany in 2007, the pas de deux from this work debuted  in DSF by Dresden Semperoper Ballett in 2009.

Guillaume Cote, Principal Dancer of the National Ballet of Canada, Toronto and Friedemann Vogel, Principal Dancer of Stuttgart Ballet, Germany will perform Maurice Béjart’s Songs of a Wayfarer (Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen) set to the music of Gustav Mahler, created in 1971 for Rudolf Nureyev and Paolo Bortoluzzi. It tells an expressive story of a romantic wanderer set on a journey full of adversity and solitude, confronting his own Destiny, the other  character in the pas de deux. This work debuted in Houston Ballet gala performance in 2004 in Houston.

Norwegian National Ballet, Oslo, will premiere in USA Imitations, an energetic creation that explores the role of gender and traditional forms in art among other interesting questions. Imitations was created for NNB by Houston Ballet's former dancer /choreographer Garrett Smith, and is set to music by Michael Gordon. Smith created three works for Houston Ballet with latest being Reveal which premiered in 2015.

Guillaume Hulot (France/Germany), dancer and choreographer from France, the ballet master of Gauthier Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Germany, will premiere in USA his two works BEANS, set to music by Kurt Cobain and Camille Saint-Saëns, and Tuning Another Being set to music by Christian Grifa, performed by dancers from Spain, USA, Germany and Japan.

ODC, San Francisco, will debut in Dance Salad Festival with boulders and bones choreographed by Brenda Way, Founder and Artistic Director of ODC and KT Nelson, Co-Artistic Director. Inspired by the work of visual artist Andy Goldsworthy and set to a commissioned score by acclaimed avant-garde cellist Zoë Keating, Way and Nelson's fearless choreography touches on transformation in both art and nature.


When:
Mar 28, 2018 to Mar 31, 2018
Cost:
Free and $25-59
Time:
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Wednesday Time & Price:
7:00 PM free
Thursday Time & Price:
7:30 PM $25-$59
Friday Time & Price:
7:30 PM $25-$59
Saturday Time & Price:
7:30 PM $25-$59

Bayou City Burlesque Circus Festival

The Circ-Burlesque Extravaganza

Acrobats from San Fransisco! Showgirls from Montreal! Trapeze from Austin! And a chorus line of “H-Town Clowns”! The Bayou City Burlesque & Circus Arts Festival is a yearly extravaganza not to be missed! This International BURLESQUE, CIRCUS, AND SIDESHOW FESTIVAL brings together timeless and titillating performance arts that will defy gravity and sweep you off your feet! We search far and wide to bring Houston world famous, world renowned acts of breathtaking beauty and death defying stunts. This once in a lifetime event will leave you on the edge of your seat panting for more.

In between acts, enjoy The Bayou Bazaar! The Bazaar features artist, photographers, and designers ready to fill out the gaps in your costume closet, offer their unique set of wares, and introduce you to some of the amazing classes. 


When:
Jan 20, 2018
Doors at 7:30pm Show at 8:00pm 
Cost:
$25
Time:
7:30 pm
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First Saturday Arts Market

Exercise * Eat Right * Buy Art!

First Saturday Arts Market is FREE arts event!

First Saturday Arts Market is a monthly outdoor fine arts event featuring the works of dozens of visual artists. Located in the Historic Houston Heights on the parking lot at 530 W. 19th St. 

The market showcases paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry and handcrafted items. Bring the entire family and come enjoy the great outdoors, live music and delicious fare from some of the area’s best gourmet food trucks. Open year-round on the first Saturday of each month.

http://firstsaturdayartsmarket.com/


Featured: Beatrice by Shannon Mucha

Market

When:
Jan 6, 2018
First Saturday Arts Market is a monthly outdoor fine arts event featuring the works of dozens of visual artists. Located in the Historic Houston Heights on the parking lot at 530 W. 19th St. The market showcases paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry and handcrafted items. Bring the entire family and come enjoy the great outdoors, live music and delicious fare from some of the area’s best gourmet food trucks. Open year-round on the first Saturday of each month.
Cost:
Free
Time:
11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Saturday Time & Price:
11 AM - 6 PM
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Winter Collection 2017

a Pop Up Art Shop featuring works by Fifth Ward artists and their friends

Mystic Lyon is excited to present Winter Collection, a Pop Up Art Shop featuring works by Fifth Ward artists and their friends. Prices start at $3 for handmade cards and most paintings are priced between $10 and $200. Patrick Turk's art will also be on view in the window installation space. The art shop will be open one-day-only—Saturday, December 16 from 1-5pm.

ABOUT MYSTIC LYON
Mystic Lyon is an installation art space and social sculpture in Houston's historic Fifth Ward. Installations remain on view in and on the windows 24 hours a day. Additional programming includes pay phone call-ins to the artists, physical and metaphysical happenings, community coffees, and events benefiting neighbor endeavors. It is also the home of the Fifth Ward Badminton Club.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Event Date: Saturday, December 16, 12-4pm
Location: Mystic Lyon, 5017 Lyons Ave., Houston, TX 77020
Contact info: 713-582-1198, mysticlyonprojects@gmail.com
Web info: https://www.facebook.com/mysticlyonhtx
When:
Dec 16, 2017
GENERAL INFORMATIONEvent Date: Saturday, December 16, 12-4pmLocation: Mystic Lyon, 5017 Lyons Ave., Houston, TX 77020Contact info: 713-582-1198, mysticlyonprojects@gmail.comWeb info: https://www.facebook.com/mysticlyonhtx
Cost:
Free
Time:
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Saturday Time & Price:
1-5pm; FREE
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First Saturday Holiday Arts Market

a Monthly Outdoor Fine Arts Event

First Saturday Arts Market is a 13-year-old outdoor fine arts market and is free to attend!
Meet Santa, snap some pics - all ages!

Preview the artist roster:

MUSIC
Jordi Baizan
Grifters & Shills

FOOD
Hangreek

First Saturday Arts Market is a monthly outdoor fine arts event featuring the works of dozens of visual artists. Located in the Historic Houston Heights by YogaOne Studios, 540 W. 19th St. at Lawrence St., the market showcases paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry and handcrafted items. Bring the entire family and come enjoy the great outdoors, live music and delicious fare from some of the area’s best gourmet food trucks. Open year-round on the first Saturday of each month.

"Copper Bike" by Holli May Thomas of Infraredhead Art

Cooper Bike

"Copper Bike" by Holli May Thomas of Infraredhead Art

When:
Dec 2, 2017
First Saturday Arts Market is a monthly outdoor fine arts event featuring the works of dozens of visual artists. Located in the Historic Houston Heights by YogaOne Studios, 540 W. 19th St. at Lawrence St., the market showcases paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry and handcrafted items. Bring the entire family and come enjoy the great outdoors, live music and delicious fare from some of the area’s best gourmet food trucks. Open year-round on the first Saturday of each month.
Cost:
Free
Time:
11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Saturday Time & Price:
11am Free
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Pop Shop Houston Holiday Festival 2017

Shop local this holiday!

The biggest art market in Houston featuring modern handmade craft shopping, art exhibitions, vintage, live art, and art activities. The First 25 in line Friday and Saturday will get a goodie bag featuring lots of handmade goods by local designers! Come see our gorgeous new location at GreenStreet Houston in Downtown!

We think that everything in life should be meaningful and made with care. At Pop Shop you’ll find an artfully curated festival of handmade and vintage shopping, art exhibitions, craft workshops, and fun times that showcase handmade & vintage fashion, art, and indie products. Our goal is to create a super fun setting in which artists can earn a living and shoppers can find products that they’ll love for a lifetime.

When:
Dec 1, 2017
Cost:
$8-$24
Time:
6:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Friday Time & Price:
6pm - 10pm, $24
Saturday Time & Price:
10am-7pm, $8
Sunday Time & Price:
11am-4pm, $8
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HANDS-ON HOUSTON FAMILY FESTIVAL: FOCUS ON FIBER!

Please join us for our seventh annual HOH Family Festival, a free community event.

 Families and visitors of all ages are invited to this fun day of indoor/outdoor activities. This year, HCCC celebrates fiber with hands-on activities, demonstrations by local artists, and more!

Parking: The HCCC parking lot will be blocked off for activities and food trucks, but street parking is available nearby.

Follow HCCC on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram @CraftHouston. To follow the event online and share your images, please use #HandsOnHouston.

The HANDS-ON HOUSTON FAMILY FESTIVAL is a super-sized version of HANDS-ON HOUSTON, a free craft-activity open house at HCCC on the first Saturday of every month (11 AM – 3 PM). Each month, a teaching artist demonstrates a craft related to current exhibitions and events. Families and children of all ages are welcome, and materials are provided.

When:
Nov 4, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
10:59 am to 3:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
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Houston, TX 77266-6494


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