As the weather heats up this July, the Woodstock Film Festival invites you to cool down with us for four Saturdays of events. Join us in Woodstock for three special screenings and one benefit concert! Stay tuned for upcoming events throughout the summer.


On Saturday, July 8 at 9pm, the Woodstock Film Festival will present a special screening of JOE COCKER: MAD DOG WITH SOUL at Upstate Films Woodstock. The film's director, John Edginton, and Woodstock Music Festival promoter, Michael Lang, will host a special Q&A session after the screening. Tickets are still available online and at the door! Please arrive 15 minutes prior to check in and claim your seat!






On Saturday, July 15 at 2pm, the Woodstock Film Festival will present a special screening of STORY OF A GIRL at Upstate Films in Woodstock. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A session with guests; director Kyra Sedgwick and editor Sabine Hoffman. Don't miss this special screening, happening before the film's official television premiere on Lifetime on July 23, 2017. Tickets are available online for $10.









On Saturday, July 22 at 2pm, the Woodstock Film Festival will present a special screening of STRANGE WEATHER, starring Holly Hunter, at Upstate Films in Woodstock weeks before it makes its theatrical premiere. The film's director, Katherine Dieckmann, will attend the screening and host a Q&A after the film. Tickets are available online for $10.









Tickets available at the door.

Tickets available at the door.



As part of the Giving Back Concert Series, The Paul Green Rock Academy will host a concert on Saturday, July 29 at the Woodstock Lodge benefitting the Woodstock Film Festival. Doors open at 6PM for a 6:30PM show. Tickets are available at the door for $10.

In 2002 Paul Green founded the world famous School of Rock. Paul Green joined the Woodstock Film Festival in 2011 as the Music Coordinator.

The Woodstock Film Festival announced on June 28 that legendary music manager, film producer and culinary arts visionary Shep Gordon, will be fêted as the 2017 Trailblazer.

Gordon, who is the subject of the 2013 hit documentary film SUPERMENSCH: The Legend of Shep Gordon, directed by Mike Myers, was chosen for his steadfast career launching one of the first independent film companies and film distributors, Alive Pictures/Island Alive, as well as managing musicians such as Alice Cooper, Teddy Pendergrass, and Luther Vandross; and for sparking the celebrity chef phenomenon by being the first to represent the likes of Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck and Daniel Boulud.

The Woodstock Film Festival's Trailblazer award is given to a leader in the film and media arts industry who has carved innovative paths in the business, established an independent vision, affected social change, and created a strong and widespread appreciation of quality, substantive change in the arts. The Trailblazer Award will be presented to Gordon on Saturday, October 14, at the Woodstock Film Festival's Maverick Awards Ceremony at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, NY.

"It's a privilege to present our 2017 honorary Trailblazer Award to Shep Gordon," said Meira Blaustein, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Woodstock Film Festival. "His visionary approach to music, film, artistic and culinary endeavors, coupled by his generous spirit which has inspired and empowered countless artists, is truly admirable, making him the epitome of a Trailblazer."

"Woodstock has always been a community that encourages new ideas and champions the notion of being truly independent," said Gordon. "I’m honored to be chosen as a representative of that at this year’s Woodstock Film Festival.

Other 2017 Honorary Award Recipients to be announced. Juried awards will also be given to filmmakers in various competition categories. Tickets for the Maverick Awards Gala & Ceremony can be purchased here.


Be a part of our Fiercely Independent team of staffers, volunteers, and interns for the 18th annual Woodstock Film Festival. The Woodstock Film Festival has openings for:

awards ceremony producer

press director

volunteer coordinator

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.

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

Volunteer with us

intern with us

Do not miss this opportunity to work with industry professionals in a fun, fast-paced festival environment! For more information on these positions, please visit our jobs page.

2016 Commemorative Program

2016 Commemorative Program

Our festival would not be a reality without the help of sponsors, supporters, and advertisers. We offer local businesses discounted ad packages including print and social media placements.

Discounts are available to businesses in Woodstock, Saugerties, Rhinebeck, Rosendale and Kingston. Spaces fill up fast! Our deadline is September 8, but early submissions are highly encouraged.

With a year round program of events and exciting announcements, these advertising opportunities allow your business to impact local and non-local audiences beyond the festival season.

Visit our AdBuy page for additional information, prices, and samples: http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/events/adbuy.php

Alex Smith at the 2013 Woodstock Film Festival

Alex Smith at the 2013 Woodstock Film Festival


IFC will release Woodstock Film Festival alum and Woodstock local Alex Smith's new film WALKING OUT on October 5, 2017. Alex and his brother, Andrew, worked together to direct the film. WALKING OUT appeared at Sundance in 2017 and was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize.

"The 96-minute drama was written and directed by two Montana brothers, Alex and Andrew Smith. It tells the story of a divorced father and his estranged 14-year-old son, who comes to visit for a winter hunting trip. A struggle to understand each other becomes a struggle for survival, following a surprise encounter deep in the mountains."-James Rainey, Variety.

Alex Smith is a long time friend of the Woodstock Film Festival. His film WINTER IN THE BLOOD appeared at the 2013 Woodstock Film Festival and earned an honorable mention at the Maverick Awards.


Watch  BLIND  in theaters and on demand starting July 14, 2017.

Watch BLIND in theaters and on demand starting July 14, 2017.

Woodstock Film Festival's 2016 entry BLIND releases in theaters and on demand July 14. The film made it's world premiere at the 2016 Woodstock Film Festival with Michael Mailer (director), John Buffalo Mailer (writer), Alec Baldwin (actor) and Eden Epstein (actor) all in attendance.

"Bestselling novelist, Bill Oakland loses his wife and his sight in a vicious car crash. Five years later Socialite Suzanne Dutchman is forced to read to Bill in an intimate room three times a week as a plea bargain for being associated with her husband's insider trading. A passionate affair ensues, forcing them both to question whether or not it's ever too late to find true love. But when Suzanne's husband is let out on a technicality, she is forced to choose between the man she loves and the man she built a life with."-IMDb

The film will also be screened on July 16 as a part of the Provincetown International Film Festival.

SAGIndie back on board for the 2017 woodstock film festival

We are thrilled to welcome back SAGindie as a sponsor for this year's Woodstock Film Festival!

SAGindie promotes the working relationship between professional actors and passionate independent filmmakers. Since its formation in 1997, SAGindie has been traveling to film festivals, trade shows, and conventions spreading the word: Just because your film isn’t produced by a studio doesn’t mean you can’t use professional talent. As a free resource, SAGindie offers filmmakers clarity and kinship by guiding them through the SAG-AFTRA signatory process, making it even easier to hire professional actors, regardless of budget. SAGindie is made possible by a grant from the Screen Actors Guild-Producers Industry Advancement & Cooperative Fund.

The Woodstock Film Festival showcases some of the best contemporary filmmaking from around the world, featuring passionate, creative, captivating and affirming work by some of today's most promising and accomplished independent filmmakers. Events generate large, enthusiastic audiences, news headlines, social media exposure and a gamut of other promotional opportunities.

Woodstock Film Festival Sponsorships come in a variety of shapes and sizes. We will work with you to custom fit a partnership that benefits your business marketing goals! If you are interested in learning more, give us a call at 845.679.4265 or email sponsor@woodstockfilmfestival.com

Or, please consider a tax deductible contribution to help us continue our mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music, and art-related activities that promotes artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity. Individual contributions or foundation grants will support our ongoing efforts.


Our call for entries is officially closed for the 2017 Woodstock Film Festival. Thank you to all who submitted films this year. Decisions will go out in mid-September. We are looking forward to a phenomenal festival season!


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Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Coldwell Banker, and Sunflower Cafe.