Woodstock Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Woodstock Film Festival
SINCE: 2000
WHERE: Woodstock, NY
WEBSITE: www.woodstockfilmfestival.com
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: The Woodstock Film Festival presents an annual
program and year-round schedule of film, music, and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity. The festival features an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties.

OLIVER’S DEAL, INCORRUPTIBLE Win Top Awards at 2015 Woodstock Film Festival

OLIVER’S DEAL, INCORRUPTIBLE Win Top Awards at 2015 Woodstock Film Festival

OLIVER’S DEAL, directed by Barney Elliott (pictured above) won the Maverick Award for Best Feature Narrative, and INCORRUPTIBLE, directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi won the Maverick Award for Best Feature Documentary at the 2015 Woodstock Film Festival which ran Wednesday, September 30, through Sunday, October 4, 2015. The Awards Ceremony was held Saturday night, with Academy Award® winning actress Melissa Leo on hand to help celebrate the talent at this year’s festival, including honorary award recipients Atom Egoyan […]

2015 Woodstock Film Festival Official Film Lineup; THE WALK is Centerpiece Film

2015 Woodstock Film Festival Official Film Lineup; THE WALK is Centerpiece Film

The 2015 Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) running September 30 through October 4, is definitely “celebrating its Sweet Sixteen in style” with a stellar lineup of films to be shown in the Hudson Valley towns of Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Rosendale, Saugerties, and Kingston. “As we enter into our sixteenth year, I reflect upon the past years of gradual growth and am thrilled by how the festival has opened itself up into the world while maintaining the core […]

Atom Egoyan’s REMEMBER to Open and Guy Maddin’s THE FORBIDDEN ROOM to Close 2015 Woodstock Film Festival | TRAILERS

Atom Egoyan’s REMEMBER to Open and Guy Maddin’s THE FORBIDDEN ROOM to Close 2015 Woodstock Film Festival | TRAILERS

Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan’s newest film REMEMBER will screen as the Opening Night Film of the 2015 Woodstock Film Festival, and fellow Canadian Guy Maddin’s new feature THE FORBIDDEN ROOM will screen as the Closing Night Film. The Woodstock Film Fest will also honor the filmmakers; ATOM EGOYAN will receive the Honorary Maverick Award and GUY MADDIN will receive the Fiercely Independent Award. REMEMBER, making its US Premiere at WFF, tells the story of Zev […]

2015 Woodstock Film Festival Unveils “NEW” World Cinema Competition + Focus on Dutch Cinema Lineup

2015 Woodstock Film Festival Unveils “NEW” World Cinema Competition + Focus on Dutch Cinema Lineup

The Woodstock Film Festival announced its New for 2015 World Cinema Competition, including a special Focus on Dutch Cinema in partnership with the Netherlands Consulate General in New York. The Woodstock Film Festival has programmed three Dutch narratives to showcase the vast range Dutch cinema has to offer: RENDEZ-VOUS, MEET ME IN VENICE, and SUMMER. All Dutch filmmakers will be in attendance. Sparked by this joint venture with the Netherlands Consulate and the superb selection […]

2015 Woodstock Film Festival Unveils Official Poster by JOY + NOELLE

2015 Woodstock Film Festival Unveils Official Poster by JOY + NOELLE

The 2015 Woodstock Film Festival has unveiled the official poster art by acclaimed animators Joy Buran and Noelle Melody.  Joy Buran and Noelle Melody are not only responsible for animating memorable WFF posters (2010, 2012), but some of their signature work have been Official Woodstock Selections. “Woodstock is one of our favorite festivals, so we were pretty excited to be invited to illustrate the 2015 poster,” said Noelle Melody. “When I visited the Film Center, we […]

THE POET OF HAVANA Documentary to Open 16th Woodstock Film Festival | TRAILER

THE POET OF HAVANA Documentary to Open 16th Woodstock Film Festival | TRAILER

The documentary, THE POET OF HAVANA, directed by Ron Chapman about Cuban singer/songwriter Carlos Varela will open the 16th Woodstock Film Festival on September 30, 2015.  Opening night will also include a live performance from  Carlos Varela, joined by Jackson Browne at The Woodstock Playhouse. The Poet of Havana explores the cultural, political and social significance Varela has had in his 30 years as a singer-songwriter. A veteran of censorship battles with the Cuban government, his emotionally charged songs—raw, […]

Terry McMahon’s “Patrick’s Day” “Red Lines” Among Winners of 2014 Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Awards

Terry McMahon’s “Patrick’s Day” “Red Lines” Among Winners of 2014 Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Awards

Actor Mo Dunford, Director Terry McMahon and Producer Tim Palmer of Patrick's Day at 2014 Woodstock Film Festival 15th Annual Maverick Awards Ceremony (photo by Silvia Forni) (Photo by Silvia Forni)Actor Mo Dunford, Director Terry McMahon and Producer Tim Palmer of Patrick’s Day at 2014 Woodstock Film Festival 15th Annual Maverick Awards Ceremony (photo by Silvia Forni) (Photo by Silvia Forni)

The 15th annual Woodstock Film Festival which began Wednesday, Oct. 15, closed on Sunday, Oct. 19.  The Maverick Award for Best Feature Narrative at the festival was presented to Patrick’s Day, directed by Terry McMahon, and The Maverick Award for Best Feature Documentary went to Red Lines, directed by Andrea Kalin and Oliver Lukacs. Oscar-nominated director and writer Darren Aronofsky was among this year’s winner as recipient of the Honorary Maverick Award. Critically acclaimed for his work in films like Black Swan, The Wrestler, and The Fountain, Aronofsky was presented this award by Academy Award Winners Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind), who he directed in his most recent films, Noah and previously in Requiem for a Dream.

Woodstock Film Festival 2014 Film Lineup

Woodstock Film Festival 2014 Film Lineup

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The 15th Annual “fiercely independent” Woodstock Film Festival runs Wednesday, October 15, through Sunday, October 19, with more than 150 films, panels, performances and special events. Screenings and events take place in the historic arts colony of Woodstock, NY, and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Rosendale, Saugerties and Kingston, just two hours from New York City in the Hudson Valley Catskills. The festival was founded by filmmakers Meira Blaustein and Laurent Rejto.

THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM Among Winners of 2013 Woodstock Film Festival

THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM Among Winners of 2013 Woodstock Film Festival

THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM, directed by Andrew MudgeTHE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM, directed by Andrew Mudge

The 14th annual Woodstock Film Festival which began Wednesday, October 2nd, and close on Sunday, October 6th, 2013, held its closing Maverick Awards Gala on Saturday night. THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM, directed by Andrew Mudge won the Maverick Award for Best Feature Narrative, and AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS, directed by Grace Lee won the Maverick Award for Best Feature Documentary. The festival also presented director Peter Bogdanovich with the Honorary Maverick Lifetime Achievement Award and the Meera Gandhi Giving Back Award was presented to acclaimed filmmaker and activist Mira Nair.

Woodstock Film Festival Reveals 2013 Films in Competition

Woodstock Film Festival Reveals 2013 Films in Competition

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The Woodstock Film Festival announced the 2013 films in competition in both feature narrative and feature documentary categories as well as the competition’s jurors. Films include the New York Premieres of “AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS”;  “THE GREAT CHICKEN WING HUNT”, “THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM” and the World Premiere of “HERE COMES THE NIGHT”.

Filmmaker Mira Nair and Peter Bogdanovich to be Honored at 2013 Woodstock Film Festival

Filmmaker Mira Nair and Peter Bogdanovich to be Honored at 2013 Woodstock Film Festival

Woodstock Film Festival to honor Mira Nair and Peter BogdanovichWoodstock Film Festival to honor Mira Nair and Peter Bogdanovich

The Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) will recognize acclaimed filmmaker and activist Mira Nair as this year’s honorary recipient of the 3rd annual Meera Gandhi Giving Back Award, and acclaimed director, actor, producer, film historian and writer Peter Bogdanovich will receive the honorary Maverick Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to accepting this honor, Bogdanovich will star in the film Cold Turkey by Will Slocombe, which will make its New York premiere at this year’s festival.

2011 Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Award Winners

2011 Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Award Winners

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The 12th Anniversary Woodstock Film Festival which began Wednesday, Sept. 21st, will close Sunday September 25th, 2011, held its Maverick Awards Ceremony last night at the historic Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, NY.

A special Tribute to Gary Winick was included in the ceremony, to honor the filmmaker and pioneering producer who passed away in February of this year from brain cancer at the age of 49.{jathumbnail off}

2010 Woodstock FIlm Festival Awards Winners announced

2010 Woodstock FIlm Festival Awards Winners announced

The 11th annual Gala Maverick Awards Ceremony was held tonight at the historic Backstage Studio Productions Arts & Entertainment Complex in Kingston, NY. The festival, which began Wednesday, September 29, will close Sunday, October 3, after celebrating 11 years of exceptional independent film, panels, concerts, events and parties, with the best of the best in the indie film world. Emceed by Academy-award nominated writer/director and Woodstock resident Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia), the ceremony presenters included Jonathan […]

Woodstock Film Festival Announces Honorary Maverick Award Recipient Bruce Beresford

Woodstock Film Festival Announces Honorary Maverick Award Recipient Bruce Beresford

Bruce Beresford, the two-time Academy Award nominated writer/director will be presented with the 2010 Honorary Maverick Award by the Woodstock Film Festival, during its Gala Award Ceremony, Saturday evening, October 2, at BSP Studios in Kingston, NY. “We are thrilled to be presenting our Honorary Maverick Award to Bruce Beresford this year,” said WFF Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein. “Throughout his extensive body of work, Beresford has exhibited unique talent, drawing award winning performances […]