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

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 on May 17 for late deadlines.


On Wednesday, May 23, the 6th Annual Taste of Woodstock will celebrate the culinary diversity and delicacies that the region has to offer. 21 restaurants and hosts are set to participate including A&P BarBread AloneCatskill Mountain Pizza, Colony, The Green PalateJoshua'sLenny Bee ProductionsLittle AppleMountain Gate Indian RestaurantNancy's Artisanal CreameryOriole 9Reservoir InnSanta FeShindigSilviaSunflower CafeT SalonWoodstock MeatsWoodstock Pizza TheaterWoodstock 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. 

The Woodstock Film Festival, in collaboration with Upstate Films: Woodstock, present a special screening of LEAVE NO TRACE on June 23, 8:15pm at Upstate Films Woodstock with director Debra Granik in person for Q&A.

"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."

Debra Granik  attending one of her screenings at the 2014 Woodstock Film Festival

Debra Granik attending one of her screenings at the 2014 Woodstock Film Festival

"[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

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 with her film STRAY DOGS. She was on our feature narrative jury that same year, and also participated in our Women in Film panel (with Courteney Cox, Jenna Ricker, Thelma Adams, and Leah Myerhoff).

One of today’s most intelligent and daring filmmakers, Debra Granik, who has a keen eye for discovering emerging young talent (think teenage Jennifer Lawrence in WINTER’S BONE) often delves deep into the story and characters that she creates, bringing out unique beauty and kindness in the most unlikely people and places. I first saw LEAVE NO TRACE as it world premiered at Sundance in January 2018 and knew right there and then that I would have to bring the film and its filmmaker to Woodstock.
-Woodstock Film Festival Executive Director Meira Blaustein

Congratulations to the crew of “To A More Perfect Union: U.S. V. Windsor,” which screened at the 2017 Woodstock FIlm Festival, for getting picked up for a wide U.S. theatrical release through Cinelife Entertainment. The film will screen on more than 150 screens nationwide  beginning on June 7, 2018 with Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, D.C., Denver, Atlanta, Austin, Palm Springs, San Diego, etc. timed to the anniversary of this landmark Supreme Court decision for LGBTQ civil rights. For more info, visit To A More Perfect Union: U.S. V. Windsor

"To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v Windsor tells a story of love, marriage and a fight for equality. The film chronicles unlikely heroes — octogenarian Edie Windsor and her attorney, Roberta Kaplan, on their quest for justice: Upon the death of her spouse, Edie had been forced to pay a huge estate tax because the federal government denied federal benefits to same-sex couples — and Edie's spouse was a woman. Deeply offended by this disregard for her more than forty-year relationship with the love of her life, Edie decided to sue the United States government — and won. Beyond the story of this pivotal case in the marriage equality movement and the compelling personal, legal and political stories behind it, the film also tells the important story of our continued journey as a people, as a culture, and as citizens with equal rights."

Director Donna Zaccaro participating in a Q&A at the 18th annual Woodstock Film Festival

Director Donna Zaccaro participating in a Q&A at the 18th annual Woodstock Film Festival


Kathy Ruttenberg, the artist behind the 2011 Woodstock Film Festival poster and amazing statue displayed at the Maverick Awards ceremony, currently has six of her remarkable statues on exhibit along Broadway in NYC. 

The pace of the city contrasts with the rhythms of nature, raising questions of what effect this disparity has on the human psyche,” the artist said in a statement. “Man’s relationship to nature is an underlying concern throughout my work. As the inhabitants of the natural world are increasingly displaced by urban and suburban sprawl, I find myself using anthropomorphic fables to return nature's creatures to our human consciousness."

In Dreams Awake, the collective name for the statues will remain on view through February 2019. This is Ruttenberg’s first major outdoor sculpture installation, a co-production with NYC Parks and the Broadway Mall Association. The BMA has been working to beautify and maintain Broadway’s pedestrian malls for more than 30 years and launched its Art on the Malls program in 2005 with more than 20 artists featured so far.

To see where the statues are located, visit

Multi-talented musician and Woodstock Native, Simi Stone, is currently performing as a member of David Byrne's backing band on the American Utopia World Tour. Simi Stone's connection to David Byrne came through Natalie Merchant, former lead singer of 10,000 Maniacs and a Hudson Valley resident. See Simi on right in video from Lazy.

Simi first performed at the Woodstock Film Festival at it's very first even in September of 2000 at the Knitting Factory. Over the years she has performed at the Woodstock Film Festival many times in the past, perhaps most notably at the World Premiere of Jon Bowermaster's anti-fracking doc DEAR GOVERNOR CUOMO, where she performed with Natalie Merchant and the late congressman Maurice Hinchey. 

From left: Natalie Merchant, Maurice Hinchey, and Simi Stone performing at the 13th Woodstock Film Festival

From left: Natalie Merchant, Maurice Hinchey, and Simi Stone performing at the 13th Woodstock Film Festival


Simone Felice, who also performed at the Woodstock Film Festival's first ever event at The Knitting Factory in September 2000, has a new album out called The Projector. The film inspired album has received rave reviews including these words from Soundblab: "

Talkin’ ‘bout darkness. Three words that can easily describe The Projector, the best album Simone Felice made under either Felice Brothers guise or one of the three albums under his own names.

You see, Felice is currently one of the best poetic voices in modern music who took the route of doing practically no music, with just poetry in his head and turned it into this dark musical vision that makes Cohen’s darkest moments, Springsteen’s Nebraska or anything Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Nick Cave or Mark Lanegan committed to tape recorders as light listening. Of course, there are exceptions, but he came damn close for sure. And on The Projector, he does it exactly the way it seems needed to be done."

For more info, visit Simone Felice

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.

We recently received the very sad news that Carlos Carvalho, the cinematographer of THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM, which won so many awards at the Woodstock Film Festival in 2014, including the Haskell Wexler award for Best Cinematography, was killed while on location in a freak accident involving a giraffe.. Our hearts go out to the colleagues, friends and family of Carlos Carvalho.

Andrew Mudge, writer and director of THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM, posted on Facebook that he was "absolutely gutted." He described the filmmaker as "one of the kindest, most thoughtful, and talented" people he had ever worked with. "He had a quiet wisdom to him, and when he listened –  which he always did – he did so with his whole being,” he wrote. “My heart goes out to his wife and kids."



Peter Mayer, who was president of The Overlook Press, a Woodstock, New York-based publishing company passed away on May 11, 2018. At the time of Overlook’s founding in 1971, Mayer was head of Avon Books, a large New York-based paperback publisher. From 1978 to 1996, Mayer was CEO of Penguin Books, where he introduced a flexible style in editorial, marketing, and production. During his tenure, he was credited with reviving the company into "the most formidable and admired publisher in the English language".  Mayer will be remembered for many things including the publishing of Salman Rushdie’s controversial novel “The Satanic Verses,” and for his fondness for republishing out-of-print works.

As a benefactor, Mayer’s foundation supported the Woodstock FIlm Festival for several years.



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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