The 19th Annual Woodstock Film Festival is now open for film submissions. Our early bird / discounted submission deadline is tomorrow (April 12), with the regular deadline at May 17, and additional late deadlines to follow. 

NOTE: Submission cost will increase on April 12

On Wednesday, May 23, the 6th Annual Taste of Woodstock will celebrate the culinary diversity and delicacies that the region has to offer. 20 restaurants and hosts are set to participate including A&P BarBread AloneCatskill Mountain Pizza, Colony, CucinaThe Green PalateLenny Bee ProductionsLittle AppleNancy's Artisanal CreameryOriole 9Reservoir InnSanta FeShindigSilviaSunflower CafeT SalonWoodstock MeatsWoodstock Wine & Liquors, and Yum Yum Noodle Bar.

*New participants will be added as they join. Participants subject to change.

At the Taste of Woodstock, guests arrive at the Film Center at 13 Rock City Road and receive a walking map of the region's world-class restaurants and a voting card to pick their favorite dishes. With the Film Center as home base, guests are free to walk around the center of town at their leisure and delight their palates with an incredible variety of food and drink. 

"It's such a fun event. People get to walk around the center of town and sample an incredible variety of food and beverages," said Woodstock Film Festival board president Lauri Andretta,"We'll start you off with a glass of wine at 13 Rock City Road and hand you a map of the participating restaurants and venues, all within walking distance of the film center." 


You may also view photos from last year's event here.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Woodstock Film Festival and Hudson Valley Film Commission. The Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music, and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity. The Hudson Valley Film Commission creates sustainable economic development year round by attracting and supporting film, video, and media production. 

We are always looking for additional interns and volunteers during the festival season.

Internships offer students the opportunity to get hands on experience with all the necessary components of running a festival from press and marketing to operations and production. We are currently looking for interns in all departments for the time leading up to the festival.

We are currently searching for interns in ALL departments, including but not limited to Operations, Press, Public Relations, Administrative, and Production. General experience includes database management, film submissions screening evaluations, fundraising, press and marketing, community outreach, production coordination, event planning, equipment optimizing/organization, editing and more. The internship will be custom tailored depending on the intern’s individual experience and skills. 

Do not miss this opportunity to work with industry professionals in a fun, fast-paced festival environment! 

Read comments from former interns here, and apply today at this link.

The 2018 Tribeca Film Festival (April 18 – 29) is screening several films that have strong ties to the Woodstock Film Festival and the Hudson Valley. The films that are being acknowledged this year include: 

Diane - kENT JONES

Diane was produced by Oren Moverman, who was presented with our Fiercely Independent award by actor Ben Foster at the 2016 Woodstock Film Festival. Additionally, Diane was filmed locally: in Ulster and Green Counties.


The Great Pretender - Nathan Silver

Nathan Silver attended the 2012 festival with his film Exit Elenawhere he received an honorable mention for Best Feature Narrative.

Additionally, Silver received the Ultra Indie Award at the 2014 Woodstock Film Festival for his film Uncertain Terms, which was also produced in the Hudson Valley.


Call Her Ganda - PJ Raval

PJ Raval co-directed the Trinidad with Jay Hodges, which screened at the 2008 Woodstock Film Festival.



Mr. Soul - Sam Pollard and Melissa Haizlip

Sam Pollard participated in the 2017 Woodstock Film Festival "Through Their Lens: The American Condition" panel and presented his film Sammy Davis: I've Gotta Be Me that same year. Additionally, Pollard presented his film Two Trains Runnin' at the 2016 Woodstock Film Festival.


Notes From Dunblane: Lessons From A School Shooting - Kim A. Snyder.

 The Woodstock Film Festival showed Kim A. Snyder's film Newtown as a special screening back in August 2016, followed by a heart wrenching Q&A session, led by Woodstock Film Festival's executive director Meira Blaustein and featuring some of the parents as well as the filmmakers.


The Fourth Estate - Liz Garbus

The Fourth Estate is the closing night film of the Tribeca Film Festival. Garbus has attended the Woodstock Film Festival several times with some of her films as well as participating in our Maverick Awards jury.



Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein will participate in the Tribeca Film Institute’s TFI Network market at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. As such she and other industry professionals will participate in one-on-one meetings with TFI grantees and, getting an in-depth look at exciting new film projects by the 2018 grantees. 

"I have been attending Tribeca off and on since it first launched back in 2002. The festival has changed and grown dramatically since, and this year I look forward to not only see some great films, many by friends and alums of the Woodstock Film Festival, but also to check out much of the Virtual Reality projects, and of course, meet with filmmakers and industry members. On top of that the Tribeca Film Institute has me working this year, and as such, I look forward to meeting with seven emerging filmmakers to discuss their projects in progress." - Meira Blaustein.

Thank you to OffMetro NY for naming the Woodstock Film Festival as one of the "Best Film Festivals in NYC and Beyond"!

Little White Lie by Lacey Schwartz (who is also a Woodstock native) had its NY Premiere at the 15th annual Woodstock Film Festival. The film is screening at SUNY New Paltz at 5:30 PM on April 23 in Lecture Center 102 and features a Q&A With Lacey Schwartz following the film.

"What defines our identity, our family of origin or the family that raises us? How do we come to terms with the sins and mistakes of our parents? Lacey Schwartz discovers that answering those questions means understanding her parents’ own stories as well as her own. She pieces together her family history and the story of her dual identity using home videos, archival footage, interviews, and episodes from her own life. Little White Lie is a personal documentary about the legacy of family secrets, denial, and the power of telling the truth."

La Chana, which screened at the 2017 Woodstock Film Festival is screening tonight (April 11) at 7 pm at the Merkin Concert Hall (Kaufman Music Center). Visit the Thalia Spanish Theatre website or call (718) 729-3880 for tickets. Or you can buy tickets in person at Merkin Hall Ticket Box Office.

"La Chana was one of the greatest stars in the flamenco world, captivating audiences worldwide with her innovative style and breathtaking use of rhythm in the 1960s and 70s. Peter Sellers, with whom she is featured in The Bobo, invited her to Hollywood. Instead, at the peak of her career, she disappeared from the scene."

Be a part of our Fiercely Independent team of staffers, volunteers, and interns for the 19th annual Woodstock Film Festival.

We are always looking for additional interns and volunteers during the festival season. Volunteers are the heart and soul of the festival, and operations would not run smoothly without our dedicated team of volunteers.



The Woodstock Film Festival is extremely grateful to have so many amazing sponsors each year. This year's festival was made possible in part by Gold, Silver, and Bronze sponsors, and State Support.


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