The 19th Annual Woodstock Film Festival final entry deadline is approaching quickly. Look for special announcements and additional information as we move closer to October 10th.

AWARDS (subject to change):  
BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE - $5000 cash prize from Gigantic Pictures  
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - $1000 cash prize from Films We Like  
BEST SHORT NARRATIVE - $500 cash prize from Gigantic Pictures  
BEST STUDENT SHORT - $500 cash prize from Gigantic Pictures  
BEST SHORT DOC - $500 cash prize from  
ULTRA INDIE AWARD - $2,000 cash prize from Gray, Krauss, Stratford, Sandler, Des Rochers, LLP.  
*2017 winner also received a 4k camera from Black Magic Designs  
CARPE DIEM AWARD - $500 cash prize from The Vincent Jay Andretta Memorial Fund  
HASKELL WEXLER AWARD - Includes $15,000 in rental services from Panavision, NY  
JAMES LYONS EDITING AWARD NARRATIVE & DOCUMENTARY FEATURES - $1,500 in services from Technicolor Postworks  


The Woodstock Film Festival (October 10-14) and WacBiz are pleased to announce a special co-presentation of the documentary Finding Oscar on September 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm held at the Rosendale Theater Collective. The screening will be immediately followed by a panel featuring producer and attorney Scott Greathead, the film’s subject Óscar Ramirez Castañeda, and forensic anthropologist Fredy Peccerelli, moderated by Woodstock Film Festival Executive Director and Founder Meira Blaustein.


Finding Oscar tells the incredible story of the 15-year search for a 3-year-old boy who survived the infamous Dos Erres Massacre in Guatemala in 1982.  Set against the background of Guatemala’s 36-year Armed Conflict, the film features three courageous Guatemalan women – a human rights activist, a young prosecutor and Guatemala’s Attorney General – who unraveled the mystery of what happened at Dos Erres and brought to justice the perpetrators of one of Central America’s worst crimes against humanity. The film also lays bare the U.S. government’s covert support for the violent policies of Guatemala’s government and its Acting President at the time of Dos Erres, General Efraín Ríos Montt, whom President Reagan publicly embraced in 1982.   

Finding Oscar was made after co-producer Scott Greathead persuaded his childhood friend, Hollywood producer Frank Marshall, that it was a story that had to be told.  The film is a Kennedy/Marshall Company production directed by Ryan Suffern. The Executive Producer is Steven Spielberg. The film was made in association with USC Shoah Foundation, which Steven Spielberg founded to record and preserve the testimonies of Holocaust survivors, and with Friends of FAFG, which supports the work of the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala.


Scott Greathead is a senior counsel in the New York office of the international law firm Eversheds-Sutherland where he practices corporate litigation. He is also an international human rights advocate and a founder of several prominent public interest organizations, including New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and Human Rights First. He has visited more than a dozen countries on human rights fact-finding missions for Human Rights First, Human Rights Watch and other organizations and has written extensively on human rights and corporate social responsibility in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other publications.

Óscar Ramirez Castañeda was an undocumented Guatemalan living in Framingham, MA in 2011 when he learned that he was a survivor of the Dos Erres massacre in 1982 after being kidnapped as a 3-year-old by one of the Guatemalan soldiers who murdered his mother and eight siblings.  Scott Greathead and a small team of lawyers obtained political asylum in the United States for Óscar on September 19, 2012. Óscar lives in Framingham with his wife Nidia and their four beautiful children, Andrea, Nicole, Oscar Jr., and Dulce.

Fredy Peccerelli is a forensic anthropologist and the Director and one of the founding members of the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation ( in Guatemala City, a nongovernmental organization that exhumes mass graves of victims of Guatemala's civil war. USC Shoah Foundation has joined forces with FAFG, to collect video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Guatemalan Genocide, which killed some 200,000 civilians in the early 1980s, mainly indigenous Mayans, at the hands of a military junta whose leader was convicted of genocide and war crimes in May 2013. Peccerelli, along with members of his immediate family, has been the subject of repeated death threats as a result of his work. In 1999, he was chosen by CNN and Time Magazine as one of the "50 Latin American Leaders for the New Millennium." In addition to his ongoing work in Guatemala, Peccerelli has conducted exhumations of mass graves in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina. He testified about this work at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia on March 13, 2007.

Tickets to the event are $20 and can be purchased at

Proceeds will benefit the Woodstock Film Festival and Friends of FAFG, a U.S. 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization that supports the work of the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala, also known as FAFG ( FAFG is a Guatemalan non-governmental organization that finds and identifies forcibly disappeared and other victims of Guatemala’s 36-year Armed Conflict. FAFG is dedicated to using forensic science as an instrument to recover history, clarity and truth, and to promote justice, combat impunity and build peace. 

The Woodstock Film Festival’s Summer Youth Film Lab is now underway. The lab is being held at the Center for Creative Education in mid-town Kingston, NY.
The Film Lab is an opportunity for teenage students to learn about the filmmaking process from film industry professionals. Over the span of the three-week program, students will learn about each phase of the production process; conceptualizing, writing, filming and editing original projects. Students will work in small groups with a dedicated instructor. Field trips and presentations by mentors working in the field will increase students understanding of the film industry and culture. Films produced at the Lab will be shown this fall at the 19th Annual Woodstock Film Festival

The Summer Youth Film Lab was made possible with support from an anonymous donor. The program was conceived and administered by Woodstock Film Festival’s executive director Meira Blaustein.

Program Director -

Megan Sperry, a filmmaker and educator whose work centers around social justice issues.

Program Manager -

Evan Thomas, Operations Manager at the Woodstock Film Festival and an independent filmmaker.


Nicole Quinn- her Blue Barn Productions made the feature film Racing Daylight, and she publishes audiobooks and novels, including The Gold Stone Girl trilogy. Quinn is on the board of the Rosendale Theatre.

Gregg Bray PhD, is an independent filmmaker and Associate Professor in Digital Media and Journalism at SUNY New Paltz.  His films have earned numerous awards including two Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Awards, the CINE Award, the Telly Award, and other accolades.

David Becker is a documentary filmmaker and educator who has taught filmmaking at the Woodstock Day School, SUNY Albany, and currently at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. His films have shown at film festivals, on TV, in theaters and on Netflix. His film To Be Forever Wild premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival in 2013.

Teachers Assistants- 

Zach Bell is a current student at SUNY New Paltz and is interested in all aspects of the filmmaking process, especially editing.

Jessica Peeters is a recent graduate of SUNY New Paltz with a BA in Digital Media Production, and a summer of 2018 photography and videography pride intern at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center. Jessica is interested in pursuing a career in video editing and documentary filmmaking. 

Sadie Schiffman-Eller is a recent graduate of Bard College's Film and Electronic Arts Department. She is an animator who won the Princess Grace Film Honoraria Award to help make her senior thesis video installation titled "Cryogen Children."


Alex Smith is a screenwriter, director and producer (Walking Out, Winter in the Blood, Slaughter Rule)

Melissa Leo is an Academy award winning actor and producer (The Fighter, Frozen River, I'm Dying Up Here)

Carl Welden is a location sound mixer and voice overs artist

Janet Grillo is an award winning screenwriter, director and producer (Fly Away, Jack of the Red Hearts) and film professor at NYU

Roger Ross Williams is an Academy award winning director, writer and producer of documentary films (God Loves Uganda, Life Animated)

Greg Meola is a grip and lighting technician for motion pictures and television productions

Jeremiah Wenutu is an actor and film production professional

Jimmy Buff is the executive director of Radio Kingston 

Sabine Hoffman is a film editor, producer and director (Maggie's Plan, Elvis & Nixon, Story of a Girl)

The Woodstock Film Festival, in collaboration with Upstate Films: Woodstock, presented a special screening of LEAVE NO TRACE on June 23rd. The sold-out event drew moviegoers from across the region to watch Debra Granik's newest film and participate in thoughtful discussion after the screening. 

"I felt so fortunate to be able to attend an advance screening of LEAVE NO TRACE, hosted by Meira Blaustein and the Woodstock Film Festival. The film is immensely powerful and assured, hypnotic and illuminating, impeccably acted by Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie, and shot by the great Michael McDonough, who has collaborated with Debra Granik on every one of her extraordinary features. The Q&A gave the audience access to Debra’s thoughts and process, with an emphasis on how her ideas about narrative and politics inform her filmmaking. A memorable evening." - filmmaker Katherine Dieckmann (Strange Weather, Motherhood, Diggers)

"Wow Meira, what a loyal, focused, and outstandingly engaged cinema culture you and the festival have solidified in the land of WFF! I will not forget this night with the fullness and presence of interacting with film supporters and appreciators. Thank you for your long-running interest in the work, and for all that you do to make nights like Saturday happen (in addition to the big October). 
Lots and lots of thanks." - 
Debra Granik

LEAVE NO TRACE opened theatrically June 29, 2018 via Bleecker Street and has received critical acclaim, reaching a score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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 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.

We are also 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 Woodstock Film Festival showcases some of the best contemporary filmmaking from the US and the world, 
featuring passionate, creative, captivating and affirming works
by today's most promising and accomplished independent filmmakers. This event generates large, enthusiastic audiences and a gamut of promotional opportunities.

Woodstock Film Festival Sponsorships come in a variety of shapes and sizes. We offer Present, Platinum, Gold and Silver levels, as well as Award Sponsorships. We'll work with you to custom fit a partnership that works for your business marketing goals! 
Interested in learning more? We'll send you our Sponsorship Deck.
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This year's commemorative program, celebrating Woodstock Film Festival's 19th year (October 10-14), is offering a limited number of ads (due August 17) on pages dedicated to host towns including Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Rosendale, Saugerties and Kingston. We also offer ads for non-local businesses, digital ads in our eNewsletter (13,000+ readers) which remain online, and on-screen ads that play before film showings. All ads additionally appear on our dedicated sponsor page in our print and online program.

Prices for local ads are reduced from the normal rate. Town ad pages include a blurb and photo dedicated to your business and town. In addition to printed catalogues released during the festival run, the entire catalogue will be online (with links to advertiser websites) on the virtual program.

For more information, click here

•Print Ad in Commemorative Program & Flipbook
•Ad in eNewsletter for 12 months
•Onscreen Slide Ad, which plays prior to movies *(Onscreen ad not available for real estate ads, please click here to email us for more info and deals)

*See to the right to view last year's program*



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, along with State Support.


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