Ms. AnnaLee Jefferies

Ms. Jefferies is a performing artist who has worked in Theater, Film and Television spanning 43 years. She began her career as a company member for 3 seasons at the Arena Stage in Washington D.C., She spent 20 years as a company member at The Alley theatre in Houston Texas. Some of the outstanding roles were Angels in America (which toured to the Venice Biennale), Bad Dates, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Hedda Gabler, Danton’s Death (directed by Robert Wilson), and A Moon for the Misbegotten .She was in the nine hour trilogy of Horton Foote’s “Orphan’s Home Cycle” in NY, which won the Drama Desk and Tony awards for “Theatrical Event of the Season” 2010. Roles by Tennessee Williams include Violet “Suddenly Last Summer” (Westport Country Playhouse), Hannah, “Night of the Iguana” ,Four Characters in “8 by Tenn.” ,Blanche “A Streetcar Named Desire ,” A Lovely Sunday at Creve Coeur”(Hartford Stage ), Carol,” Orpheus Descending”(Alley Theatre) “The Glass Mangerie’ ( directed by David Cromer at Kansas City Repertory). She toured England in John Barton’s ten hour epic, “Tantalus”, directed by Sir Peter Hall with the Royal Shakespeare Company). Film-“ Hellion” directed by Kat Candler (Sundance, SXSW), “Arlo and Julie” (SXSW), “The Sideways Light” written and directed by Jen Harlow, ”Monsters” directed by Gareth Edwards with Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able,” Violets Are Blue” with Sissy Spacek, and” No Mercy” with Richard Gere. Television-”Charlies Angels”,”L A Law”, “Dallas”, “Ned Blessing” written and directed by Bill Wittliff, PBS American Experience “War of The Worlds” .Three seasons as Frances Boudreaux in Ava DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar” on OWN 2018,19,20. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. She has managed the family farm for 20 years in Brenham Texas where she currently resides.

Upcoming Deadlines:
May 31, 2022 – Film Earlybird
July 15, 2022 – Script Final
July 16, 2022 – Film Regular
August 15, 2022 -Film Final

September 16-17 Film Festival Screenings/ Awards Dinner

Hilton Hotel rates 2022

We received a special rate for booking rooms at the Hilton NASA/Clear Lake.

$109, per night plus taxes.

Check at the link below to make reservations:

Guests will have to reserve no later than September 2 to be guaranteed the $109 rate. After that, we cannot guarantee the discounted rate will be available.

TIME is running out for 2021 Entries!!!

Time is running out if you want to enter your film/movie or Script/Screenplay projects to the  23rd Annual Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival – Houston 2021. Early bird Film deadline is May 31st. The Final deadline for script submissions is July 15th.

The organizing team is receiving a LOT of really good projects!

This is your chance to compete with some of these writers and MovieMakers.

All you have to do is just submit a project and YOU ARE IN!!!! IT’S THAT SIMPLE.


Lidia Porto

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.

Accepting Entries for 2019



Pricing has been updated for the 2019 festival and now includes a Student Discount for Film submissions. (Current Student ID must be emailed with your submission form)

Submit Film and Screenplays

This years festival screenings will be held at the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake Hotel. We look forward to seeing each and everyone of you out there this year.

Friday, September 27, 2019
6:00 pm to approx 10:00 pm

Saturday, September 28, 2019
9:00 am to approx 4:00 pm

3000 NASA Parkway
Houston TX, 77058
(281) 333-9300