Join us October 13-16, 2016



This year's commemorative program, celebrating the 17th year of the Woodstock Film Festival,
from October 13-16, is offering a limited number of ads. The deadline is September 9th!
For details and prices, visit http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/events/adbuy.php

Time Out Of Mind’s Oren Moverman and Oscar winner Leon Gast, along with actor Ben Foster and two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple join Participant Media’s CEO David Linde, and a stellar lineup of award recipients and presenters at the 17th Annual Woodstock Film Festival.

The Woodstock Film Festival announced that its honorary Fiercely Independent Award will be presented by Actor Ben Foster to Oren Moverman, an Israeli-American film director, screenwriter, producer, and former journalist based in New York City. As previously announced, media executive David Linde, CEO of Participant Media, is being honored with the Trailblazer Award this year for his visionary and tireless commitment to furthering the highest qualities in film and filmmakers. The awards will be presented at the Maverick Awards Ceremony on Saturday Oct. 15 at BSP, 323 Wall St., Kingston, NY.

Academy Award-nominated Oren Moverman is the writer/director of the recently shot The Dinner, (The Orchard 2017 release) starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, and Time out of Mind, (2015 IFC release). He is the winner of the International Critics Award at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival. Moverman directed Rampart, (2011 Millennium Entertainment release) which he wrote with novelist James Ellroy, and his directorial debut The Messenger, (Oscilloscope Laboratories release), co-written with Alessandro Camon, which garnered a nomination for the 2010 Best Screenplay Award and other accolades. 

Actor Ben Foster, who co-starred in The Messenger and Rampart, will present the Award to Moverman. Foster is best known for Freaks & Geeks, Six Feet Under and major roles in many movies including X-Men: The Last Stand, Alpha Dog, 3:10 to Yuma, The Messenger, The Mechanic, Rampart, Kill Your Darlings, Lone Survivor and Warcraft.

“I first attended the 10th annual Woodstock Film festival with The Messenger in 2009 and I distinctly remember the feeling I had that night ; it was a coming home of sorts to a bastion of independent thinkers and creative artists” stated Moverman; “I am therefore truly honored and touched to receive the Fiercely Independent Award from The Woodstock Film festival, a visionary organization that is sincerely and beautifully committed to innovation, originality and nonconformity in cinema. How they came to choose such an unhip recipient is a testament to their strange and uncompromising ways for which they may or may not be forgiven”.

The festival is also thrilled to celebrate the life and work of Academy award winning documentary filmmaker Leon Gast, and bestow upon him its Lifetime Achievement Award, to be presented to him by his close friend and colleague, Academy Award winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple.

Leon Gast is an American documentary film director, producer, cinematographer, and editor. His documentary When We Were Kings, depicting the iconic heavyweight-boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, won the 1996 Academy Award for Documentary Feature and the Independent Spirit Award. Gast co-directed the 1977 documentary The Grateful Dead Movie with Jerry Garcia about the band’s 1974 five-night performance at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Gast's 2010 film, Smash His Camera, about paparazzi photographer Ron Galella, won Best Director of a U.S. documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. His first theatrically released film was the groundbreaking Our Latin Thing (Nuestra Cosa)(1972) about Latin music. Other films include, B.B. King Live in Africa (1974); Salsa (1975;) One Love (2003); Manny (2014); and Sporting Dreams (2015).  He was executive producer/producer of Soul Power (2008) and the Emmy award-winning The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013). A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, Gast studied dramatic arts at Columbia University. He and his wife live in Woodstock, New York - their favorite place in the world.

“I am a very lucky person in that I have had the opportunity to make films about people that I love; Muhammad Ali, BB King, The Grateful Dead, etc…” said Gast. “I love Sports, Music and most of all I love making films that explore life. And I love having served on the Advisory Board of the Woodstock Film Festival and OMG I've won the prestigious 2016 WFF Lifetime Achievement Award!”

Barbara Kopple, who will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Gast, is a two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker.

The Trailblazer, Fiercely Independent, Lifetime, and other honorary and competitive awards will be presented at the Woodstock Film Festival’s Maverick Awards Ceremony on Saturday Oct. 15, at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, NY.

Tickets for the Maverick Awards Gala and Ceremony, tickets and program updates are available online at woodstockfilmfestival.com.

Oren Moverman

Oren Moverman

Ben Foster

Ben Foster

Leon Gast

Leon Gast

Barbara Kopple

Barbara Kopple


Taking the unthinkable and making it palpable; turning the pain into a crusade for positive change; broken hearts into enduring spirits; precious memories into soaring legacies; that is so much what the beautiful and powerful NEWTOWN is all about. Masterfully crafted by director Kim A. Snyder and her team, NEWTOWN is a film that transcends politics and speaks right to the heart of the matter and our collective humanity. Last week at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck, three remarkable parents from Newtown, CT, along with director Kim Alison Snyder and producer Maria Cuomo Cole, participated in a moving Q&A that was as much a call for action as it was a reminder of the power of the human spirit. A standing ovation followed. We extend our heartfelt thanks to filmmakers, parents and audience alike. Please spread the word . #WEAREALLNEWTOWN

2016 offical lineup to be announced Sept. 12

Festival programmers evaluated thousands of film submissions from around the world to bring audiences this year's curated list of over a hundred feature documentaries, narrative features, and short films (including short docs and animation). Entries were up more than 40%, which made the selection process particularly difficult. Many thanks to all of the filmmakers who shared their projects for consideration. The full lineup will be announced on Sept. 12.  

2016 wff box office hours

Ticket sales for the 17th Annual Woodstock Film Festival go live on Sept. 21 at www.woodstockfilmfestival.com
The WFF Box Office (13 Rock City Rd. Woodstock, NY) will be open:
Sept 21-Oct 9: Weds. through Sun., noon-6pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
Oct 10-Oct 15: 9am-7pm
Oct 16: 9am-6pm

For purchase and ticket pickup details, please visit http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/ticketinfo.php

2016 WFF full festival passes are here!

Only a limited number of 17th Annual Woodstock Film Festival Full Festival Passes will be sold! Get your pass now and gain access to all the amazing screenings, panels, concerts, and parties that the festival has to offer in 2016.

Benefits include:

  • Priority seating for screenings and panels, access to parties
  • Access to hospitality suite
  • Access to parties
  • Golden Circle Ticket to Kick off Event
  • Ticket to Award Ceremony
  • 2016 Woodstock Film Festival t-shirt & cap
  • 2016 Woodstock Film Festival poster by Mary Frank

These passes go fast so don't wait! For more information please visit http://woodstockfilmfestival.com/fundraising/fullfestpass.php

I want to help!

Whether driving a car, taking tickets, decorating venues, or making sure filmmakers have what they need, VOLUNTEERS are the lifeblood of the festival!

Make friends and learn about the film business from the inside out. Volunteers receive a a crew shirt, training and vouchers for films. 

To volunteer, fill out our online application form. If you are a returning volunteer, let us know if you'd like to return to the same department or experience something new. Questions? Email us at volunteer@woodstockfilmfestival.com

The films above were either produced in the Hudson Valley, shown at the Woodstock Film Festival in years' past, or both. These films are streaming RIGHT NOW on netflix.com. Click on their corresponding picture to check them out!


We would like to also extend a thank you to our official 2016 advertisers who joined us for Newsletter support: 
Thank you Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and Woodstock Yoga.