Tuesday, August 11, 2009

WINTER AWARDED at the 2009 Epizephiry Intl Film Festival in Italy

On August 12 Winter received the Special Mention Award at the 2009 Epizephiry International Film Festival in Italy.

Partners Ennio Delle Piane e Maria Ciaccia traveled to Sant'Ilario dello Jonio to receive the award in behalf of the film.


Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Back in January WINTER was accepted to the EPIZEPHIRY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in Sant’Ilario dello Jonio, Reggio Calabria, Italy.

I'm pleased to announce that WINTER was nomitated! Here is the official list of all the projects nominated in the Medium-Lenght category for projects up to 40min in lenght.



1-TAXI - Regia di Marco e Riccardo Di Gerlando
2-TI ASPETTO FUORI - Regia di Alfio D’Agata
3-IL TEMPO NON FA’ IL SUO DOVERE - Regia di Domenico Guidetti
4-WINTER - Regia di Valerio Ventura
5-VAN AMORE - Regia di Werther Germondari & Maria Laura Spagnoli
6-SCACCO MATTO - Regia di Carlo Fumo
7-IO PARLO - Regia di Marco Gianfreda
8-RITORNO A CASA - Regia di Graziano Molteni
9-LA CULPA DEL OTRO - Regia di Ivan Ruiz Flores
10-ASADE - Regia di Daniele Balboni
11-OMEGA - Regia di Matteo Scarfò
12-IL BATTITO DEL PERDONO - Regia di Francesco Tricoli
13-CORACAO VAGABUNDO - Regia di Antonio Miorin
14-CI VEDIAMO PRESTO - Regia di Raffaele Manco
15-EL SUENO DE ROSETTA - Regia di Giovanni Maria Quinti
16-L’ANNULLAMENTO DI IVAN IL ‘IC - Regia di Francesco Vincenzo Bellitta



Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Winter wins GOLD REMI AWARD at the 2009 WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival


Thursday, April 2, 2009

42nd Annual WorldFest-Houston Remi Award Nomination!

WINTER WINS ITS FIRST AWARD!!!!! NOMINATED to receive a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze. Stay tuned to see what we are going to be awarded!


ATTENTION: Valerio Ventura

Dear Valerio ...

We are delighted to confirm that you have been nominated to receive one of the top four Remi Awards in your competition category for your entry. Unlike other festivals, we nominate only the four top entries, and we present Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze awards, thus you are assured to win one of these top awards at the Gala Remi Awards Dinner! The great thing about WorldFest is that we only invite Remi Winners to the Grand Awards Gala, so you can bring clients, associates and friends knowing that you are assured of a win! (Unlike the Academy Awards, where the room starts filling up with losers!) The WorldFest Remi Award is an 11x14 metallic framed award plaque, or perhaps even a Special Jury Remi Plaque or Remi Grand Award Statuette. There is also the Kodak Crystal Vision Award for Cinematography (a $2,500 Kodak Raw Stock Grant) plus other awards. You may now use the Remi Award Winner logos that are featured on our website under WorldFest History and Past Winners! (This is not a notification of being screened at the festival. Most of our Remi Winners are not screened for the general public, just for the juries.

You are cordially invited to attend the 42nd WorldFest-Houston April 17-26 for the entire 10-day festival or, if your time is short, the final awards weekend, Friday, April 24th through Sunday April 26, to depart on Monday the 27th. You are our special VIP guest at no cost for the Grand Awards Dinner & Cocktail Reception on Saturday, the 25th. You may invite as many guests as you like to join you for the additional charge of $150 per person including the cocktail reception, open bar, gourmet dinner and wine. You may reserve up to one table for 6-10 if desired and there is no extra charge to reserve the table. Since seating is very limited, we must restrict everyone to just one reserved table. The Remi Awards Gala Dinner is at The Renaissance Hotel - Saturday, the 25th, Champagne Cocktail Reception ~ 7pm, & Awards Dinner ~ 8pm. Should you want to come in on Wednesday the 22nd, for the six seminars (Docs on a Dime, Hollywood Script Protocol, Publicity and PR for your Indie Film, Agents, Managers & Studios - an Overview, Distribution and Producing & Directing the Indie Film) held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, we offer the VIP Platinum All Festival Pass to our award winners and their guests only -- at a very special discount price of just $200 per person! (Regular price to the public is $500). On Sunday April 26th, you can join us as our VIP guest for the Houston Yacht Club/WorldFest Regatta and a very special Bollywood Indian Luncheon Feast catered by Madras Pavilion Restaurant! (We will serve Barefoot Wine and Shiner Bock Draft) - Plus a special VIP tour of NASA and Space Center Houston! This is all included with both the Platinum Pass & Awards Dinner Pass. Your complimentary VIP Awards dinner pass does include the NASA/Space Center Houston tour, Regatta and Texas BBQ! The extra guest Remi Awards Dinner tickets do include the NASA Tour and the Galveston Bay Regatta! If you simply have to return Sunday night, you can make a flight after 9pm.

Our sincere congratulations on a job well done, with our warmest regards,

J. Hunter Todd, Chairman & Founding Director ~ Kathleen Haney, Program & Artistic Director
The 42nd Annual WorldFest-Houston ~ The 3rd oldest International Film Festival in North America!
"Before there was Sundance or SXSW, before there was Toronto or Tribeca, there was WorldFest!"

Thursday, February 26, 2009

WINTER at the WorldFest Huston International Film Festival

WorldFest was founded 49 years ago as Cinema Arts, an International Film Society in August, 1961. WorldFest became the third competitive international film festival in North America, following San Francisco and New York. WorldFest is the oldest Independent Film & Video Festival in the World. It evolved into a competitive International Film Festival in April, 1968. It was founded by award-winning producer/director Hunter Todd to present a quality film festival for the Independent filmmakers. Hunter Todd has been honored with more than 115 international awards for creative excellence in film production, and he has been the producer, director, writer and/or cameraman on more than 300 motion picture and video productions. The mission/vision statement of WorldFest is - to recognize and honor outstanding creative excellence in film & video, to validate brilliant abilities and to promote cultural tourism for Houston, to develop film production in the region and to add to the rich cultural fabric of the city of Houston. All members of the WorldFest staff are filmmakers.

WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival (now it’s 42nd year!) continues with its totally dedicated Independent Film screening format for the upcoming April 16- 25, 2009 unspooling at the flagship AMC Studio 30 Dunvale Theaters. WorldFest will screen just 55-60 feature film and 100 Short Film Premieres, with a complete and absolute emphasis on the American and International Independent feature films and with a continuing annual spotlight on an individual country and its films. WorldFest also offers competition in TV Production, Documentary, Corporate & Business Films, Student & Experimental, TV Commercials, Film & Video Production, Music Videos, New Media (Interactive & Web Sites) and unproduced Screenplays.

WorldFest is one of the oldest and largest film & video competitions in the world, with more than 4,500 category entries received from 37 countries in 2008. Actually WorldFest is 12 Major film & video competitions in one event, unlike Cannes, Sundance and Toronto, which are just 2 competitions for shorts and features only. Because of our 12 major competitions and the 200+ sub-categories, WorldFest does give a lot of awards, but they are both earned and deserved. No awards are given in any category unless the scores from the juries are high enough to place for honors. Overall only 15-20% of the total category entries actually win an award at WorldFest. However, everyone attending the Grand Awards Gala wins an award, as we only invite the actual winners, which makes for a delightful and enjoyable evening, since there are no disappointed "nominees" that do not win anything. Those that do not win an award are informed by email or a personal letter prior to the festival.

In addition to honoring a different country each year, WorldFest will continue with its annual Short Film Showcase, a special review of 100+ new short and student films...from the festival that discovered Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, John Lee Hancock, Randall Kleiser, Ridley Scott, Robert Rodriguez, Robert Townsend, The Coen Brothers, Brian de Palma, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone and David Lynch with their very first awards. WorldFest has emerged as the oldest film festival management in the world, with the same continuous director for 49 consecutive years. A few other festivals are older, but they have had as many as ten different directors. WorldFest is uniquely the only film festival in North America that is staffed and managed totally by filmmakers. All staff members have active film and video production experience, which gives them a very unique point of reference in relation to the entering filmmakers and their work. WorldFest, founded in 1961, is the oldest Independent film festival in the world, and the 3rd oldest film festival in North America.

Most USA Film Festivals today have emerged as no more than unpaid publicity agents for major studio distributors. WorldFest continues to move forward to present the true independent film and its filmmaker, offering a new venue for directors searching for an independent forum for their works. WorldFest will have a special emphasis on new, premiering films that are seeking a distributor. The Festival also screens DVD video via Wagner Media & Christie DLP Digital Projection, one of the major sponsors of the festival.

By having a small, highly selective schedule of new Indie Short & Feature films, the festival can help the film gain reviews and a distributor, rather than merely act as a preview platform for an upcoming release from a large US distributor. Most of the so-called ‘Independent Films’ featured at Sundance are quite frequently fairly large-budget films produced by special “Indie” divisions of the major studios. In fact, the majority of films featured at Sundance and other “Indie” Festivals actually already have their distribution in place. The 120-page WorldFest program book is distributed free of charge to the public, all attending filmmakers, all studios and every major film festival in the world and to every known major film & video distributor in the world. The WorldFest program book has become an invaluable reference document for film acquisition and review.

Among the remarkable number of WorldFest discoveries, we include just a few, listed in alphabetical order: John Alvidson, John Badham, Ralph Bakshi, Carroll Ballard, John Boorman, Marty Brest, Michael Cimino, The Coen Brothers, Bryan De Palma, Jonathan Demme, Michael Demme, Atom Egoyan, John Frankenheimer, Leslie Linka Glatter, Charles Guggenheim, John Lee Hancock, Hal Hartley, Randall Kleiser, Ang Lee, Spike Lee, George Lucas, David Lynch, Paul Mazursky, Steve Poster, Robert Rodriguez, John Sayles, Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Robert Townsend, Will Vinton, Peter Weir, Hugh Wilson and hundreds more. The winners this year will be the Spielbergs of tomorrow and you can meet them before they are famous. WorldFest-Houston..."Fiercely Independent" WorldFest is one of the oldest film festivals in the world, founded in 1961 as an International Film Society.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

WINTER at the Epizephiry International Film Festival

WINTER was accepted to the EPIZEPHIRY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in Sant’Ilario dello Jonio, Reggio Calabria, Italy.
The festival will take place in August 2009. I don't have the exact date yet so stay tuned.