The 19th Annual Woodstock Film Festival is open for film submissions.
Our LATE ENTRY DEADLINE is June 14th. 

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  

NOTE: Submission costs will increase substantially after June 14th.

Join Woodstock Film Festival and Upstate Films at Upstate Films Woodstock for a special screening of Debra Granik’s new film LEAVE NO TRACE, courtesy of Bleecker Street Media. A Q&A with the filmmaker will follow the screening. 

The screening will take place on June 23rd at 8:15pm. Upstate Films Woodstock is located at 132 Tinker St, Woodstock NY 12498. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $13 for Upstate Film members.

About the film:
For years Will and his teenage daughter, Tom, have lived off the grid, blissfully undetected by authorities in a vast nature reserve on the edge of Portland, Oregon. When a chance encounter blows their cover, they’re removed from their camp and put into the charge of social services. Struggling to adapt to their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a perilous journey back to the wilderness, where they are finally forced to confront conflicting desires—a longing for community versus a fierce need to live apart.

“[Director Debra Granik] made a film of grace and power, a story of people lost and found in America that often shows us at our noble and humble best. How rare and refreshing that is these days.” – Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair

About the director:
Debra Granik is the director and co-writer of Winter’s Bone, which was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, and won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Her first feature film, Down to the Bone, which was filmed in the Hudson Valley, won Granik the Best Feature Narrative Award at the 5th annual Woodstock Film Festival and the Best Director prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Debra Granik returned to the Woodstock Film Festival in 2014 and to Upstate Films in 2016 with her film Stray Dogs.

Announcing the Woodstock Film Festival’s Summer Youth Film Lab, July 9 - 27 2018, to be 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. Open for students 16-18 years old with an interest in filmmaking. This program is absolutely FREE for students.

The Summer Youth Film Lab was made possible with support from an anonymous donor.

Click HERE to sign up. Space is limited.


Thanks to everyone for coming out to celebrate the culinary diversity and delicacies that the region has to offer. Over 20 restaurants and hosts participated including A&P Bar, Bread Alone, Calmbucha, Colony, Catskill Mountain Pizza, Founders, The Green Palate, Lenny Bee Productions, Little Apple, Mountain Gate Indian Restaurant, Nancy's Artisanal Creamery, Oriole 9, Reservoir Inn, Santa Fe, Shindig, Silvia, Sunflower Cafe, T Salon, Veltins, Woodstock Meats, Woodstock Pizza Theater, Woodstock Wine & Liquors, and Yum Yum Noodle Bar. Please support these wonderful establishments.

Proceeds supported the Woodstock FIlm Festival and Hudson Valley Film Commission and their continued efforts to create regional cultural and economic development.

Voting results follow but in our book, all participants were winners! Thank you!!
Best Overall: Colony (by 1 vote)
Best Main Course: Woodstock Meats
Best Appetizer: Silvia
Best Side Dish: A&P bar
Best Dessert: Nancy's of Woodstock Artisanal Creamery
Best Beverage: Woodstock Wine & Liquors

Big congrats to last year's Ultra Indie award winner, BEAUTY MARK, on its recent acquisition by The Orchard! The film was released theatrically and online in the end of May.

Angie, an impoverished single mother with a history of bad decisions, is determined to do better for her son. Discovering that the house she shares with her mother, a crude woman with a poor track record of her own, is being condemned, Angie begins a frantic search for a new home. When all other options fail, she fixates on solving the problem by confronting the one person she feels owes her: the man who sexually abused her as a child. A haunting story about an uncomfortable topic, Beauty Mark, fearlessly portrays the effects of sexual abuse. While some may question her methods of salvation, the raw and unflinching performance of Auden Thornton as Angie engenders a deep sense of compassion, even as she goes down a questionable path. Ultimately what is so refreshing and uplifting about Beauty Mark, is Angie's choice to use the trauma and pain of her past to save someone else. — Monique Ray…/


We are now hiring a seasonal VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR for the 2018 Woodstock Film Festival.

The ideal candidate is LOCAL to the Hudson Valley, preferably within 30 minutes of Woodstock, NY. Duties include beings responsible for helping recruit and schedule volunteers with different departments including guest relations, tech, art, admin, press and venues. The applicant needs to have excellent people, phone and computer skills (MAC). You must also be organized, focused, proactive, and available to work flexible and longer hours, when needed. Experience in filemaker or other database management systems a plus. Must be knowledgable in excel. *Seasonal staff position starting late July or early August through the festival. Apply today. 

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 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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