KUED productions fared well last week at the highly competitive Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival, with awards in four separate categories, according to KUED's Director of Production Services, Ken Verdoia.
WorldFest was founded 48 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.
"Knowing this festival attracts thousands of entries from around the world, I am very pleased to announce our best collective results ever," Verdoia said. "Our programs go head-to-head with the national networks, BBC, etc. This festival attracts an unusually large, eclectic and international profile of entries due to its broad spectrum of film recognition. In addition to television programs and documentary production, WorldFest recognizes excellence in Theatrical, Student & Experimental films, TV Commercials, Music Videos and New Media," Verdoia added.
The categories in which KUED received awards include:
Special Jury Award (Best in category): "The Long Walk, Tears
of the Navajo" in the category of History. John Howe, producer.
Gold Award: HEALTHCARE: "Facing Barriers" in the category of Public Health Issues. Nancy Green, producer.
Special Jury Award: Individual achievement in Screenplay or
Script Writing, John Howe for "The Long Walk."
Special Jury Award: Individual Achievement in Television
Program Editing: Carol Dalrymple for "Aftermath of Meth."
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 2007. WorldFest includes 12 Major film & video competitions in one event, unlike Cannes, Sundance and Toronto, which are just two competitions for shorts and features only. Verdoia said overall only 15-20% of the total category entries actually win an award at WorldFest.
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