The Woodstock Film Festival

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Aspiring and established filmmakers have just over two weeks left to get their submissions in for the 19thAnnual Woodstock Film Festival that runs from October 10 – 14, 2018.  For almost 20 years, the Woodstock Film Festival has garnered the praise of the film industry and is noted as being “One of the top 50 film festivals in the world.” Industry ledpanels,A-list concerts, innovative programming and enthusiastic audiencescomprised of award-winning talent round out the highly attended festival. With categories including: Feature Narratives, Feature Documentaries, Shorts, Animation, Music Videos, Focus on Music, Exposure, World Cinema, Spotlight on Women, LGBTQ Focusand Hudson Valley films. The next deadline for submissions is June 14, 2018. 

“The Woodstock Film Festival combines a high quality program with a casual, down-home feel that interweaves emerging and established filmmakers in a friendly and supportive environment.” Says Meira Blaustein, Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Woodstock Film Festival, “We’re fortunate to be located close enough to New York City, yet tucked away in the mountainous Hudson Valley, which has become a bustling filmmaking and cinematic hub and a home to countless A-list artists, directors, actors and other creatives.

Woodstock Film Festival programming consists of approximately 125 films each year and the festival draws from the far reaches of Siberia and India to locally shot films right in New York’s Hudson Valley. The Woodstock Film Festival has helped to nurture and launch many emerging filmmakers, including Mark and Jay Duplass (WILD, WILD COUNTRY) with their first feature film PUFFY CHAIRDebra Granik (WINTERS BONE) with her first feature film DOWN TO THE BONEAndrew Bujalski (SUPPORT THE GIRLS) with his first feature film FUNNY HA HALeah Meyerhoff, creator of Film Fatales, with her first feature film I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS, Suzi Yoonesi (UNLOVABLE) with her first feature film DEAR LEMON LIMA, Sean Baker (THE FLORIDA PROJECT) with his first feature film THE PRINCE OF BROADWAY, and Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (ONE OF US), whose first film together as a team at Loki Films, THE BOYS OF BARAKA, premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival, and many more. 

Woodstock Film Festival and its year-round programming and special events continually work to expand awareness of the power of film and share professional filmmaking and storytelling tools with up-and-coming movie-makers, helping them develop and produce their own innovative work. The festival presents workshops for all ages, including this summer’s upcoming Youth Film Lab, a 3 weeks film workshop intensive for local youth, taught and mentored by some of today’s most exciting filmmakers, including Roger Ross Williams, Alex Smith, Janet Grillo, David Becker, Nicole Quinn and more. Films produced at the Youth Film Lab will be showcased during the festival in October.
A great festival… what a film festival should be…
– Paul Rudd
A festival that isn’t trying to sell you anything, 
but simply and beautifully celebrating the art & craft of filmmaking.  
– Ethan Hawke 
Woodstock Film Festival

About Woodstock Film Festival

Founded in 2000 as a grassroots arts organization driven by the sheer love of film and community, the Woodstock Film Festival has grown into one of the premier independent film festivals in the US, bringing together thousands of filmmakers and film lovers over the years. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promotes artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity, the Woodstock Film Festival showcases passionate, creative and thought-provoking work by some of today’s most promising and accomplished independent filmmakers from all over the world. This comprehensive programming could not happen without the support of grants, state and family foundations, corporate sponsorship, and individual giving. The festival is currently gearing up for its 19th edition in the fall of 2018, with eyes already set on the fall of 2019 as well, when it will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Woodstock Film Festival. 2019 also marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary Woodstock Festival, as well as the 100th anniversary of Woodstock as America’s oldest colony of the arts.

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