WorldFest Wraps: "Mixing Nia" Captures Grand Prize
The Houston International Film Festival, WorldFest, concluded on Saturday,
handing out a slew of awards. The Grand Prize went to "Mixing Nia", by
Alison Swan while a Special Jury Prize went to Stuart Gordon's "Wonderful
Ice Cream Suit." Swan's film debuted at the First Look Film Series and recently
screened at the New York Women's Film Festival.
The focus was kept on independent films without distribution. 40 features
and 64 Short & Student Film program with 64 films. Attendance was up
slightly over 97's festival. Festival Chairman and Founder J. Hunter Todd
said, "We are thrilled with our re-dedication of WorldFest to the
Independent Filmmaker. It is my feeling that our festival, like every film
festival in North America had become a promotional/marketing arm of
the major distributors, screening sneak-previews of their films that would
be commercially released a few weeks after the festival."
[A partial list of winners will be published at indieWIRE.com]