SEPTEMBER 27-28, 2019

Screening schedule TBA

Festival Schedule

Screenings and Awards Program


Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake Hotel
3000 NASA Parkway
Houston TX, 77058
(281) 333-9300

Friday, September 27, 2019

6:00 pm to until TBA  –  Screenings

Saturday, September 28, 2019

8:00 am to until TBA  –  Screenings


2425 Nasa Pkwy, Seabrook, TX   77586

Award Trophy

6:00 – 6:30 pm  –  Pre-Dinner Networking – Meet the Filmmakers

7:00 pm . –  Awards Presentations

8:30 pm Dinner


Ernie Manouse is a eleven-time Emmy Award winning TV anchor, producer, and host, known for the Houston Public Media produced series: InnerVIEWS with Ernie Manouse (which ran for 15 seasons on PBS stations across the country); the arts magazine show Arts InSight; and the nationally-syndicated, top- rated Downton Abbey-inspired talk show, Manor of Speaking. Ernie began his career in radio and has worked primarily in television for the last 22 years. With the re-launch and re-branding of Channel 8 as part of Houston Public Media, he can now be heard and seen on radio, TV, and the internet. Additionally, Manouse tours the country interviewing Al Pacino in the stage show PACINO: One Night Only; is co-host to finance expert Suze Orman on her bi-annual PBS specials; and holds the title of “Ultimate Interviewer” from the Houston Chronicle.


Lidia Porto is an actress best known for her role as Cartel Queenpin Amara de Escalones in Epix’ Original Series “Get Shorty”. She has also Guest Starred on shows like American Housewife, Shameless, Jack Ryan, Major Crimes and the new Spectrum Series “LA’s Finest.” She recently worked with Stranger Things’ David Harbour on a comedy special soon to be released by Netflix. Memorable film roles include “Maria” in Scary Movie 5, Horrible Bosses 2, Idiocracy and Dope, among others. She was a Houston based actress and voiceover talent for 22 years. In addition she worked with local actors both as a Board Member and Instructor at Mercury Studios, and by directing many local theatre productions in both English and Spanish. Her production work for clients in the medical center integrated dramatic story telling with health education, including an early concept “choose your own adventure” web-novela called “Sugar, Heart and Life” and an innovative attempt to use live interactive theatre to promote early testing for cancer prevention for Baylor College of Medicine. She loves working with younger children and enjoyed using the arts in her Spanish class at Hunters Creek elementary School in Spring Branch many years ago, and more recently with LA based organizations that give Public School Students the opportunity to write and create original films. She directed and co-wrote the short film, “Bonita” which her one time co-instructor, actress and producer Margarita Reyes., which is being submitted to film festivals this year. She is grateful for the nurturing support of her Gulf Coast colleagues and deeply moved by this recognition.


Brandon Smith has been a working actor for over 55 years and has appeared in over 100 movies and television projects, and acted in or directed over 300 plays. Brandon trained at the East 14 Acting School in London, the Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, England, and the Jacques LeCoq School of Mime and Theatre in Paris, France. Most recently he worked with the Texas Ballet Theater and the National Ballet of Canada as acting coach for their co-production of Pinocchio in Dallas.  Brandon has worked professionally as an actor, director and teacher in England, Australia and Canada, but has always been proud to call the Gulf Coast his home.


Finalist Screenings