From Our Editors
Despite what the marquee at your local multiplex may imply, the world of cinema is a verdant one, possessing richly gorgeous, artistic specimens from every corner of the globe. And WorldFest Houston aims to shine a spotlight on some of those lesser known corners, jam packing its bill with independent features and shorts from burgeoning international directors who may be the next Ang Lee or George Lucas. And we mean that literally—over the course of its 50 year run, the festival has given top awards to both of those directors when they were nothing but obscure filmmakers, in addition to highlighting the novice talents of Steven Speilberg, Randal Kleiser, and the Coen Brothers.
And movies are just the tip of the iceberg during the multi-day event. WorldFest Houston is also known as one of the only film festivals in the world to include non-film areas of competition. These include music videos, cable production, and even TV commercials (whether they feature Fred Astaire dancing with a household appliance or not).