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April 10, 2019
19th Annual Woodstock Film Festival
March 26, 2018
The 19th Annual Woodstock Film Festival takes place October 10-14, 2018 and is now open for film submissions. Our early bird / discounted submission deadline is April 12, with the regular deadline at May 17, and additional late deadlines to follow.
Founded in 2000 in the famed artists colony of Woodstock, NY, the Woodstock Film Festival presents high quality films, panels, concerts and special events. More than 80 percent of the filmmakers participate, joining prominent industry members from all over the world.
The Woodstock Film Festival is a haven for networking with high-caliber industry members, musicians, and artists. In addition to screenings, panels, talks and workshops, Festival Filmmakers can hang out at the hospitality lounge for breakfast and lunch and enjoy casual conversations with industry reps, press and other emerging & established filmmakers.
Refreshingly far from the hustle and bustle of the Hollywood scene, the Woodstock Film Festival regularly draws celebrity guests and seamlessly integrates them with film fans. In previous years, the festival has hosted Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Jonathan Demme, Ang Lee, Mark Duplass, Richard Linklater, Mira Nair, Catherine Hardwicke, Debra Granik, Paul Rudd, Keanu Reeves, Woody Harrelson, Steve Buscemi, Melissa Leo, Ethan Hawke, Lucy Liu, Rose McGowan, Tim Robbins, Mark Ruffalo, Uma Thurman, and many more.
"Honoring the young and the old, endorsing community, advocating inspiration and lauding humanitarian gestures — all sentiments that sum up Woodstock and its ‘Fiercely Independent' film festival quite well.” (Hollywood Reporter)
Across a range of juried competitive categories, the Woodstock Film Festival offers prizes including the Gigantic Pictures Feature Narrative Award, Best Short Narrative, and Best Student Short Award, the Films We Like Documentary Award, and the Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography (sponsored by Panavision). Jury members comprised of distributors, producers, actors and directors present the awards in person at the Maverick Awards Gala. Annually, the festival also doles out honorary awards to some of the biggest names in the film business, including Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) in 2014, presented by Natalie Portman and Jennifer Connelly, and award-winning producer David Linde (Spotlight) in 2016, presented by two-time Academy Award winning writer/director Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant, Birdman).
Submit your film to the Woodstock Film Festival and take part in what Ethan Hawke calls “a festival that isn't trying to sell you anything, but simply and beautifully celebrating the art & craft of filmmaking” and Paul Rudd describes as "what a film festival should be, which is really independent films and showcasing the work of filmmakers you might not know about..."