Hailed as "A True American Maverick Among Fests" and named among the top 50 film festivals worldwide, the Woodstock Film Festival premieres exceptional films, hosts the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presents A-list concerts, panels and parties, and creates stimulating, innovative programming year-round. Events generate large, enthusiastic audiences, news headlines, social media exposure and a gamut of other promotional opportunities.
At the Woodstock Film Festival, participants and visitors find themselves in a friendly, casual environment, one that is conducive to creativity, networking and a good time, surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. In addition to drawing sold-out audiences from the 20 million people who live within a two-hour drive, the festival has attracted visitors from all parts of the country and the world.
Festival mainstays include industry executives, television anchors, network and cable executives, magazine and newspaper editors, record label executives, writers, painters, models, entertainment lawyers, producers, critics and publishers.
The Woodstock Film Festival is a non-profit, 501c3 with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning and diversity. The 20th Woodstock Film Festival returns October 2-6, 2019 with an extraordinary lineup of fiercely independent films, panels and special events in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties.
Esteemed members of the film world who have participated include Karen Allen, Darren Aronofsky, Kevin Bacon, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Barkin, Signe Baumane, Elmer Bernstein, David Bromberg, Eamonn Bowles, Bob Berney, Bruce Beresford, Joe Berlinger, Elmer Bernstein, Les Blank, Peter Bogdanovich, Benjamin Bratt, Steve Buscemi, Paul Cantelon, Jennifer Connelly, Courteney Cox, Michael Cristofer, Paul Dano, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jonathan Demme, Matt Dillon, Donovan, Vincent D'Onofrio, Olympia Dukakis, Griffin Dunne, Mark Duplass, Steve Earle, Giancarlo Esposito, Susie Essman, Edie Falco, Vera Farmiga, America Ferrera, Larry Fessenden, Bela Fleck, Ben Foster, Cary Fukunaga, Liz Garbus, Peter Gabriel, Andy Garcia, Leon Gast, Alex Gibney, Debra Granik, Shep Gordon, Jonathan Gray, Adran Grenier, Bruce Greenwood, Arlo Guthrie, Marcia Gay Harden, Catherine Hardwicke, Woody Harrelson, Ethan Hawke, Todd Haynes, Gill Holland, Ted Hope, Timothy Hutton, Alejandro G. Inarritu, Jim Jarmusch, Tony Kaye, Sally Kirkland, Jason Kliot, Barbara Kopple, Ray Kurzweil, Tony Kushner, Ang Lee, Melissa Leo, David Linde, Richard Linklater, Laura Linney, Jeff Lipsky, Lucy Liu, Albert Maysles, Ron Mann, Hugh Masekela, Angela McCluskey, Rebecca Miller, Brett Morgen, Oren Moverman, Mira Nair, Tim Blake Nelson, Ron Nyswaner, D.A. Pennebaker, Rosie Perez, Pinetop Perkins, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Bill Plympton, Parker Posey, Natalie Portman, Bill Pullman, Aidan Quinn, Tom Quinn, Bingham Ray, Norman Reedus, Keanu Reeves, Tim Robbins, Sam Rockwell, Sonny Rollins, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Saraf, Ted Sarandos, Nancy Savoca, James Schamus, Liev Schreiber, David Schwimmer, Annabella Sciorra, Seann William Scott, Jonathan Sehring, Susan Seidelman, Pauly Shore, Lori Singer, John Sloss, Kevin Smith, Morgan Spurlock, Fisher Stevens, David Strathairn, Lemore Syvan, Amber Tamblyn, Lili Taylor, Uma Thurman, Stanley Tucci, Christine Vachon, Robert Vaughn, Paul Wesley, Haskell Wexler, Jedd Wider, Todd Wider and many more.
"It's a great festival... It's what a film festival should be, which is really independent films showcasing the work of filmmakers you might not know about… I love that, and Woodstock is a town that goes hand in hand with that. I can't think of another place that seems better suited to have an independent film festival than Woodstock." -Paul Rudd
“The Woodstock Film Festival is always a pleasure to attend, and the talent that is showcased always amazes me. It's a wonderful and important showcase for any independent filmmaker.” -Steve Buscemi
"The Woodstock Film festival is among the finest of a dying breed: a festival that isn't trying to sell you anything, but simply and beautifully celebrating the art & craft of filmmaking." -Ethan Hawke
"I've covered and participated in many festivals, and Woodstock is unique in its combination of cinematic sophistication, user-friendly scale and down-home hospitality. It's arguably the closest thing the East Coast has to the Telluride Film Festival..”
- Godfrey Chesire, Moving Midway in The New York Times
"Every year the festival attracts a shockingly strong number of outstanding films, filmmakers and panelists of the highest caliber." -Jason Kliot, HDNET & Open City Films
Narrative feature film highlights have included A Private War, Wildlife, Loving, The Imitation Game, The Forgotten Kingdom, Blind, Quartet, The Sessions, California Solo, Electrick Children, Francine, Magical Mystery Tour, Detachment, Peace, Love & Misunderstanding, Henry's Crime, Inhale, Inuk, Up in the Air, Infamous, Days of Glory, Dear Frankie, Down to the Bone, Pieces of April, Shattered Glass, Personal Velocity, Far From Heaven, Casa De Los Babys, Gerry, The Grey Zone, and many more.
Feature documentary highlights have included Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing, Shepard & Dark, Chasing Ice, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Being Elmo, Bombay Beach, Semper Fi, Unraveled, Client 9, Marwencol, Ray Charles America, Garbage Dreams, The Agronomist, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, My Generation, Spellbound, Girlhood, Horns & Halos, Red Lines and many more.
A long list of musical participants includes Sonny Rollins, Natalie Merchant, Philippe Quint, Nellie McKay, Tracy Bonham with Jerry Marotta, Gene Ween, Simi Stone, Jeremy Bernstein, The Pass, John Sebastian, Perfect Age of Rock'n'Roll Blues Band with Pinetop Perkins, Donovan, Abigail Washburn and The Sparrow Quartet featuring Bela Fleck With Casey Driessen and Ben Sollee, Earl Slick and Saphin are The EONS, Bela Fleck Trey Anastasio of Phish, Gov’t Mule, Kate Pierson of the B-52's, Arlo Guthrie, Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn, Levon Helm, Marshall Crensha, and many more.
Major press coverage has included Time Magazine, ID Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The Daily News, Time Out, New York Magazine, Esquire, Playboy, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Moviemaker Magazine, indiewire, Associated Press, NPR, Bloomberg Radio, CNN, WNBC-TV, WCBS-TV, Newsday, Numero Chine and more.
Year-round work maintains the festival's local presence and takes us to New York City and as far as L.A. Events include special screenings of films like The Brass Teapot, Dear Governor Cuomo, For Ellen, Peace Love & Misunderstanding, Taking Woodstock, The Painted Veil, Little Miss Sunshine, The Ballad of Jack & Rose, The Illusionist, Sherrybaby, concerts and parties.
The Hudson Valley Film Commission, working under the auspices of the festival, has consistently developed sustainable economic initiatives in the Hudson Valley/Catskill region by attracting, supporting and promoting regional film, video, and media production including feature films, television shoots, print media, short films, and TV ads. To facilitate local production, the commission provides and constantly updates its online location info and free production services directory to service the film, fashion and media industries.