Year-Round Programming


upcoming 2019 events

March 16

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Women in Film and Television Event

Hosted by Women’s History Month Kingston, Woodstock Film Festival & Radio Kingston

Location: Aaron Rezny Inc, Kingston, NY
Date: Saturday March 16, 2019
Time: 6pm

Meira Blaustein, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Woodstock Film Festival curated and will moderate the panel.

Confirmed Panelists To Date:

  • Ellen Kuras - Oscar nominated Cinematographer & Director (Summer of Sam, Analyze That, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Wormwood, Ozark, The Betrayal - Nerakhoon)

  • Lisa Myers - Production Designer (Luce, Lost Girls, Ode to Joy, Concussion, Putzel, Manhattan Night)

  • Wendy Lidell - Sr. VP Theatrical / Theatrical Distribution & Acquisition, Kino Lorber INC

May 11th

Staged Screenplay Reading
A New Collaboration Between Actors and Writers and the Woodstock Film Festival
Actors and Writes is a professional theatre ensemble that performs old and new plays in the Hudson Valley area including Odd Fellows in Olivebridge, Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock, Unison Arts in New Paltz, and ASK in Kingston Rondout.


May 22nd

7th Annual Taste of Woodstock
The Woodstock Film Festival is holding the 7th Annual Taste of Woodstock on May 22nd, 2019 at 6pm. Join us and celebrate the culinary diversity and delicacies that the region has to offer.

June 14th

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Outdoor Screening Powered by Solar Energy
Join us for an outdoor screening in collaboration with Oscillation Transia. More details soon to come!

more events to be announced…

2018 Highlights

Leave No Trace

On June 23, 2018, the Woodstock Film Festival, in collaboration with Upstate Films Woodstock, presented a special screening of Leave No Trace followed by an in depth Q&A conversation with director Debra Granik and Woodstock Film Festival Executive Director Meira Blaustein. Leave No Trace opened theatrically on June 29, 2018, via Bleecker Street.

"Wow, Meira, what a loyal, focused and outstandingly engaged cinema culture you and the festival have solidified! I will not forget this night with the fullness and presence of interacting with film supporters and appreciators.” - Debra Granik

Finding Oscar

On September 8, 2018, the Woodstock Film Festival and WacBiz co-presented the powerful documentary Finding Oscar at the Rosendale Theatre Collective. The screening was followed by an informative and moving panel featuring the film’s subject Oscar Ramirez Castaneda, producer and attorney Scott Greathead, and world renowned forensic anthropologist Freddy Peccerelli. The program was moderated by Shari Turitz, Vice President for Programs at the American Jewish World Service.

"What an extraordinary film. We were deeply moved to the point of wordlessness, really. Driving home, we simple stared at the road and processed internally all we had hear and seen. The talk-back afterwards helped cushion the horrors documented in the film. Having Oscar actually in the hose with his family…hearing his gentle words…feeling the possibility of hope…grasping the huge influence of Freddy’s work…all of it was tremendously humbling. I bow my head and thank you, thank you, thank you,” - Anonymous


At the end of October the Woodstock Film Festival was able to thank our volunteers for all of their hardwork with a special private screening at Upstate Films Woodstock. We welcomed back writer / director Paul Starkman and editor / producer Neil Usatin for a special showing of their film WHEELS, this year’s winner of the Gigantic Pictures’ Feature Narrative Award and Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. The Woodstock Film Festival would not be possible without our dedicated and talented volunteers!

2017 Highlights


April: A special free screening of The Promise packed the house, followed by an in-depth conversation with producer Bill Horberg.

July: A special screening of Joe Cocker: Mad Dog With Soul. The film’s director, John Edginton, and Woodstock Music Festival promoter Michael Lang hosted a Q&A session after the screening.

July: A special screening of Story of A Girl. Following the screening, there was an in-depth Q&A conversation with director Kyra Sedgwick and editor Sabine Hoffman.

July: A special screening of Strange Weather, starring Holly Hunter, was shown weeks before it made its theatrical premiere. The film’s director, Katherine Dieckmann, and the film’s composer, singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten, attended the screening and hosted a Q&A after the film.

August: Film-goers enjoyed a special screening of Walking Out followed by a Q&A session led by film directors Alex and Andrew Smith.