Houston, Texas – February 22, 2019 – NextActorStudio's International Film Festival (NiFF), Houston, presented by Next Actor Studio, will hold its 5th edition from October 16 – October 19, 2019.

This year, we are excited to announce the inclusion of a brand new SCREENPLAY category, catering to short and feature film writers. 
We will judge the screenplay at the studio, by table-reading each submitted script with actors from Next Actor Film School, Houston. The finalists will be included in our selections, while the best script will be announced during awards ceremony.

We are also excited by the submission we have started receiving from returning Niff Alum and a number of fantastic works from new filmmakers across the globe.

It humbles us to read the testimonials our amazing attendees have left for us on film freeway.

Niff was started in 2015 to expose the students of Next Actor Studio to meaningful cinema and quality productions made across the globe, that did not get viewed in Houston. We are happy to share that, last year, we held the entire festival at our premise where filmmakers shared their stories and deeply inspired our alum and viewers. Films from Bulgaria, China, England, Ethopia, France, Germany, India, Japan, and USA were presented at the festival, and their makers or their representatives were present at the studio to take questions from the audience.

Niff Houston has been a truly independent film festival, standing on its own, for the love of arts so we, at Next Actor Studio, can enjoy the 4 days of festivities with like-minded artists, filmmakers, and film aficionados, in an intimate setting where we can exchange dialogue, and create more artists by sheer inspiration. 

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 Thank you.




Houston, Texas – Oct 16, 2018 – NextActorStudio's International Film Festival (NiFF), Houston, presented by Next Actor Studio, will hold its 4th edition from October 24 – October 27, 2018.
Focusing mainly on Cinema around the globe, #NiffHouston2018 will open on Wednesday, October 24 at the Next Actor Studio in West University/Rice Village, with an opening night social event to introduce our films and their makers to the viewers, and to exchange creative dialogue with attendees.
Keeping with the theme of the year, the festival screening will start On Wednesday, October 24 with Drehl (Clothes), a short film from Bulgaria and TEAR, a short film from Japan.
The night will close with the screening of Bully, an LGBT musical from Houston. Filmmaker Aaron Alon will be in attendance.

Thursday, October 25 sets off with four documentaries and a feature.  
General Magic, a production made in England, is a tale of how great minds and epic failures in Silicon Valley changed the world as we know it. Directors Sarah Kerruish and Matt Maude were nominated in Best New Director Category at the Tribeca Film Festival this year for this gem.
2nd Chances sheds the light on the harsh reality of the Texas Criminal Justice System, affecting the lives of men and boys in a small town (Terrell, TX.) 30 minutes east of Dallas. In addition to showing the many challenges the system has on the entire community, specifically the African Americans, Director Dav Lewis, who escaped from this town 20 years ago, also shows it's possible to achieve entrepreneurship as a former felon. The film is raw, real, emotional, yet inspiring. The film is not meant to entertain but to educate, promote change, and most of all empower people to live more purposely.
Standing Up, by director Jonathan Miller of New York, introduces us to three unlikely aspiring stand-up comedians – an ultra-Orthodox Jew, a couchsurfing custodian, and a personal injury lawyer – risk everything to find their voices on the cutthroat New York comedy scene.
The Vision, an important film from Missouri, about the Women’s Basketball Association, narrates the opportunity received by the American woman to play professional basketball here in the United States. Director Lightning N. Mitchell will be in attendance for Q and A.
Daddy Issues,  a comedy from England by director Laura Holliday,  is the closing film of the night, about a 20 something stand up comedian Henrietta who hasn’t been funny since her detached dad died.

Friday, October 26, will screen a feature documentary, five shorts and a feature film to close the festival screenings.
Yehuda Sharim returns to Niff with his documentary Lessons in Seeing, about an Eritrean math teacher, Sibhatleab, who ventures alone from a refugee camp in Ethiopia, only to find himself at the bottom rung of the social ladder in a vast, faceless Houston metropolis before a contentious election amid growing anti-refugee rhetoric. We are waiting for word about the presence of the director, who currently lives in Los Angeles.
Krieg, a German film by American director Jeff Fry narrates the story of a German soldier’s remorse for inaction in the face of murder that finally compels him to risk all to protect a wounded enemy airman.
Monster City, a Chinese film by Taiwanese director Li Lo-Tien, narrates the tale of a college student of journalism, who got a video of a crime by chance.
Willow Creek Road, is a picturesque narrative by director Francesca Mirabella, that explores the internal world of a lonely, Montana ranch hand, Ruth who is unexpectedly drawn into the lives of two children, thereby awakening a sense of play, femininity, protection and connection, until their real mother shows up.
I Killed Vincent, a French film by director Jean-Luc Blanchet, follows a 2011 investigation into Vincent Van Gogh's last hours on 29 July, 1890 when American researchers Gregory White Smith and Steven Naifeh deliver a new version of the facts to contradict the painter’s death that was put down as suicide.
Beta (Son), a short animation by Houston local Ashish Pabari, explores an Indian -American son’s rediscovery of the value of faith and culture while staying with his Indian father, as they deal with the aftermath of a tragic death.
With the closing night film of the festival,  La Dor Meuse Duval (The Sleeper by the River) from France by director Manuel Sanchez, eminent actor Dominique Pinon (Amelie), who received the best actor award in the very first edition of #Niff2015, returns with actress Delphine Depardieu, to present the dark comedy about love, sex, madness, homemade beer and the Zen of making French fries.

On Saturday, October 27, Awards event will be held at Next Actor Studio with music, dinner, wine and beer. Media Personality, Animal advocate and #Niff2017 Best Actress (A Curry on An American Plate),  Meera Nandlal (@mediameera), morning anchorwoman of CW39, will return to host the awards event second time in a row.  
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 Thank you.