Woodstock Film Festival Alumni Secure Oscar Nominations

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The Woodstock Film Festival would like to congratulate this year’s Woodstock Film Festival film selections and past alumni on their well deserved nominations.

HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING, directed by RaMell Ross is nominated for Best Documentary Feature.

ONE SMALL STEP directed by Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas is nominated for best Short Film (Animated).

LIFEBOAT directed by Skye Fitzgerald won Best Short Documentary at the festival this year and has just been nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject.

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Our alumni deserve a round of applause as well!

We look forward to hopefully seeing Tim Blake Nelson a longtime friend and attendee of the festival on that stage singing "When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings" from THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS.


Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, who attended the festival in 2003 for A NORMAL LIFE and 2015 for INCORRUPTIBLE which won Best Documentary at the festival, is nominated for Best Documentary Feature with her new film FREE SOLO.

Marshall Curry, who attended the festival in 2009 for RACING DREAMS is nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

NOTE: The new rules allow for up to 10 films to be nominated for Best Picture. Since only eight are nominated, here are two additional films that we feel would have made it a perfect 10:

LEAVE NO TRACE - directed by alumni Debra Granik
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK - directed by alumni Barry Jenkins

Tune in to the Academy Awards on Sunday, February 24th.