“I tried to put together an image that spoke to the collaborative effort of filmmaking and alluded  to the Catskills and the eclectic whimsy of the Woodstock creative community. Also, I really wanted to draw dancing bears.” -artist, John Cuneo



John Cuneo is a humorous illustrator whose work appears in many national publications including The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly and Esquire Magazine.

2018 Posters are on sale now. Click here to get yours.

The Woodstock Film Festival is grateful for the Thompson Family Foundation's generous grant towards the expansion of our Youth Initiative program.

With this gran, the Woodstock Film Festival will be able to  continue, and enhance, one of its most important programs

Stay tuned to see the lineup of the teen program at this year’s Woodstock Film Festival and come meet these promising young storytellers. The foundation of our future is found in young filmmakers, and we are thrilled to further assist in their creative and professional development thanks to the Thompson Family Foundation.

If you are, or know of, a talented young filmmaker in middle or high school, our teen film program is now open for submissions. Submit at http://bit.ly/entrieswoodstock

The Woodstock Film Festival proudly presents its Teen Film Program each year as an event that encourages and showcases some of the best young filmmakers from the local region and around the world. Teens are encouraged to attend their screenings and participate in Q&A's with their audiences.

Each year, participating Teen Filmmakers are also invited to Career Day, a full day of film presentations and one-on-one meetings between students and accomplished industry veterans, including actors, producers, directors, screenwriters, film and television executives, and more. The objective of CAREER DAY is to open a window for the students into the diverse elements of filmmaking, making career paths, goals and job opportunities in the film world tangible.

The 19th Annual Woodstock Film Festival is now open for submissions.


"The Woodstock Film festival is among the finest of a dying breed: a festival that isn't trying to sell you anything, but simply and beautifully celebrating the art & craft of filmmaking." -Ethan Hawke, actor

"I had a terrific time there and loved the joyful vibe of the festival. Such a pleasure. And the audiences were so smart and enthusiastic. I look forward to coming back." -Richard Levine, Submission (2017)

"The Woodstock Film Festival continues to be the best! It encompasses all that is great about film festivals: New and cutting-edge talent, enthusiastic and engaged audiences, and a warm and welcoming vibe – all with the gorgeous Hudson River Valley as a backdrop. It's a must for filmmakers."  -Barbara Kopple, Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker



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.


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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.

"This year the South by Southwest Film Festival is celebrating its 25th edition, and my, how it has grown. Some of the writers, directors and performers in the mumblecore movies that populated the festival a decade ago have gone on to become Oscar nominees and land Netflix production deals. And now, some Hollywood movies and television shows are making themselves known at the event with immersive affairs."
- The New York Times


Emily Blunt and John Krasinski at the premiere of “A Quiet Place” at the South by Southwest Film Festival.CreditMatt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW from the New York Times

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski at the premiere of “A Quiet Place” at the South by Southwest Film Festival.CreditMatt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW from the New York Times

You've probably already seen the trailer for A Quiet Place, the new horror movie starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt that was filmed in the Hudson Valley. 

A Quiet Place had its world premiere at South by Southwest on Friday night. Reviews have been almost universally positive, with many reviews praising it as one of the scariest movies to come out in quite some time.

Matt Green in the documentary “The World Before Your Feet.” Credit Michael Berman from the New York Times

Matt Green in the documentary “The World Before Your Feet.” Credit Michael Berman from the New York Times



"Matt Green has been walking every street in New York City. Like everystreet. That’s 8,000 miles of path. The director Jeremy Workman has been following Mr. Green for the past three years of his journey, and this documentary showcases sides of the city you rarely see in movies and that make it such a strange and fascinating place. That includes several undeveloped blocks of Edgemere, Queens — an area that is beautiful in its desolation — as well as redwoods growing on streets in the East Village. And yes, Mr. Green is still walking." - NY Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/15/movies/sxsw-movies-a-quiet-place-ready-player-one.html)

Click here to view the 2017 Woodstock Film Festival trailer, created by Wheelhouse Creative. Jeremy Workman is the Creative Director of Wheelhouse Creative: a boutique movie marketing and production company specializing in the creation of movie trailers, featurettes, TV promos, and all aspects of production (including feature films).

Andrew Bujalski at the 2005 Woodstock Film Festival

Andrew Bujalski at the 2005 Woodstock Film Festival

support the girls- andrew bujalski

A restaurant manager tries to raise money to help one of her employees, but when the owner finds out he does whatever he can to shut the fundraiser down.

Bujalski world premiered his film Funny Ha Ha at the 2002 Woodstock Film Festival, and Mutual Appreciation screened at the 2005 Woodstock Film Festival.



Suzi Yoonessi signing in at the 2009 Woodstock Film Festival

Suzi Yoonessi signing in at the 2009 Woodstock Film Festival

unlovable - suzi yoonessi

A sex and love addicted woman learns what real intimacy is when she starts making music with a reclusive man.

Suzi Yoonessi filmed and premiered the Hudson Valley produced No Shoulder at Woodstock Film Festival in 2005 and the short version of Dear Lemon Lima in 2007. The feature film version of Dear Lemon Lima screened at the 2009 Woodstock Film Festival where it received the audience award for Best Narrative Feature.




Ethan Hawke presents the Maverick Award to Richard Linklater

Ethan Hawke presents the Maverick Award to Richard Linklater

blaze- ethan hawke

A reimagining of the life and times of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas Outlaw Music movement.

TheWoodstock Film Festival is among the finest of a dying breed: a festival that isn't trying to sell you anything, but simply and beautifully celebrating the art & craft of filmmaking.” - Ethan Hawke

Hawke is currently on the festival advisory board, and presented the Inaugural Trailblazer Maverick Award to producer John Sloss at the 2005 Woodstock Film Festival and the Honorary Maverick Award to director Richard Linklater at the 10th annual festival in 2009.

Morgan Neville at the 2007 Maverick Awards

Morgan Neville at the 2007 Maverick Awards

won't you be my neighbor- morgan neville

Filmmaker Morgan Neville examines the life and legacy of Fred Rogers, the beloved host of the popular children's TV show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Neville won the 2007 Maverick Award at the Woodstock Film Festival for documentary feature The Cool School.


Donal Mosher at the 2009 Woodstock Film Festival

Donal Mosher at the 2009 Woodstock Film Festival


the gospel of eureka- donal mosher

Here in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, the welcoming setting of Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri's “The Gospel of Eureka,” two men in two dressing rooms just a mile and a half apart pick up their eyeliner pencils for two very different roles.

Mosher's film October Country screened at the 2009 Woodstock Film Festival, where it had its New York premiere.

Screenshot from Epstein's  Weed the People

Screenshot from Epstein's Weed the People

weed the people- abby epstein

Explores the use of medical marijuana in the treatment of children with cancer.

Epstein presented a special screening of V-Day: Until the Violence Stops at the Woodstock Film Festival in 2005.  


SXSW also featured several other Hudson Valley productions including Jenn Wexler’s directorial debut, The Ranger, from GLASS EYE PIX. Click to see trailer.

Boost Your Documentary Career with a Two-Week Intensive Workshop.
June 11-22, 2018 - SVA Documentary Film
Applications due April 1st. 
Gain the skills to tell compelling true stories and make your career in documentary. Looking for a fun way to hone your documentary filmmaking skills this summer? Work hands-on, collaboratively with professional filmmaker faculty in the heart of New York City to direct, film, and edit two short, interview-based documentaries, then screen your best film for the public. You’ll also attend screenings of contemporary documentaries followed by Q&A with the filmmakers, and have access to a full suite of equipment including industry-level HD or 4K cameras, microphones, recorders, lighting, and edit stations.

Elevate your hireability by improving your filmmaking skills. Propel your documentary film that’s long been gestating into action. Conduct thoughtful, evocative interviews for film. Learn from the pros and grow your filmmaker industry network. 

Join our community of award-winning filmmakers with this two-week intensive! Apply here! 

Our friends at the Woodstock Bookfest, dubbed this year as “Read to Resist”, are ready to launch their 9th edition March 22 - 25, bringing writers and readers together for a full weekend of discussions and celebrations. Offerings of classes, panels, keynote speeches, the popular StorySlam and daily parties are held throughout Woodstock, New York. Visit their website for more information and ticket info.


2018 authors include Tina Alexis Allen, Amye Archer, Laurie Boris, Bliss Broyard, Joe Donahue, Beverly Donofrio, Cornelius Eady ,Eve Fox, Martha Frankel, Nyna Giles, Kathleen Harris, Ann Hood, Marie Howe, Lynn Johnston, Kaylie Jones, Lissa Kiernan, Loren Kleinman, Sheila Kohler, Ann M. Martin, Alana Massey, Kate McGloughlin, Amanda Palmer, Carolyn Parkhurst, John Elder Robison, Sharon Rousseau, Larry Ruhl, Michael Ruhlman, Jonathan Santlofer, Bar Scott, Kitty Sheehan, Gail Straub, Abigail Thomas, Colm Toibin, Jamey Wolff, and Christopher Yates.

The deadline to advertise with the Woodstock Film Festival is fast approaching! Take advantage of this advertising opportunity before July 8.

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.

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

See last year's program to the left

Thanks to a grant from NYSCA and matching facility donations, renovations have started at THE FILM CENTER. There is always more work to be done, so please consider giving to our Capital Campaign fund. Work the remains includes trim, door installations, plumbing, electric, cabinet work, exterior painting, landscaping, and more.

THE FILM CENTER has been invaluable in making the film festival and the film commission more easily accessible to the community. In addition to providing administrative offices and a souvenir / box office storefront, we now regularly hold meetings, workshops, casting calls, and more to advance film exhibition and production in the Hudson Valley region.



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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