"For the 2017 edition of the self-declared 'fiercely independent' fest, the programming was eco-friendly, class-conscious, gender-aware and racially sensitive — a fitting environment for the handful of host towns surrounding the area."

- Variety


Happy New Year from all of us at the Woodstock Film Festival. As the year draws to a close, we invite you to take part in year-end giving for our facilities fundraiser. Please consider MATCHING FUNDS for the FACILITIES GRANT we have received from NYSCA for 2018.

Whether you donate $5 or $5000, every little bit helps. Quote from a recent $5 donor:

"I'm poor but this festival is amazing. Think about a film festival where everyone is down to earth. That's Woodstock. I don't know if it's the community or magic, but there is no room for 'I'm more important than you.' This festival brings the love."

Your support will help us achieve our goals to hire local contractors to (1) gut and renovate 2 office spaces and a bathroom (2) make electrical upgrades (3) replace 5 inefficient windows, and (4) prep for and install spray foam insulation under the roof line to keep heat in the building.

In 2011, the property, formerly known as Heckeroth Plumbing & Electric, was purchased at 11-13 Rock City Road. The iconic film legend Lee Marvin once worked there as an apprentice plumber. We still have and honor the tool chest he graffitied.

Over the years, countless improvements have been made to transform the property into THE FILM CENTER, which now serves as the administrative center for the Woodstock Film Festival and Hudson Valley Film Commission. In 2017, the facility also served several independent films, which were produced in the region.

Please help us reach our goal. For details, please visit our Capital Campaign page.

The 19th Annual Woodstock Film Festival is now open for submissions.



Friends and alumni of the Woodstock Film Festival have enjoyed continued success and recognition this December.

Academy award shortlist

Congrats to all the doc filmmakers whose films are shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Special shoutout to Brett Morgen, director of JANE, featuring exquisite, rare footage of anthropologist Jane Goodall (released by Richard Abramowitz's Abramorama); to Dan Cogan and Impact Partners, producers of ICARUS which blew the lid off the drugging epidemic of Russian athletes; to Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, directors of ONE OF US, about the brave individuals who left their Hasidic community; to Jeff Orlowski, director of CHASING CORAL, a stunning underwater exploration of the disappearing corals around the world, and to all the filmmakers whose films have made the shortlist.

Additionally, Short Docs KNIFE SKILLS and RAM DASS, GOING HOME have been shortlisted for the Documentary Short Subject Academy Award. Both screened at the 18th Annual Woodstock Film Festival.

Good luck to everyone!

Bill Pullman on the Steve Harvey show

Bill Pullman was on the Steve Harvey show promoting THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN, and talked about receiving (and accidentally dropping) his Excellence in Acting Award at the 18th Annual Woodstock Film Festival. Watch the clip from the Steve Harvey show here and watch the official video of the moment that Bill Pullman dropped his award on our YouTube Page. THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN is now available to watch on DIRECTV and in select theaters as of December 15. The film had its East Coast Premiere at this year's Woodstock Film Festival. 


Nancy Abraham

Nancy Abraham moderating the panel THROUGH THEIR LENS: THE AMERICAN CONDITION at the 2017 Woodstock Film Festival. Photo: Dion Ogust

Nancy Abraham moderating the panel THROUGH THEIR LENS: THE AMERICAN CONDITION at the 2017 Woodstock Film Festival.
Photo: Dion Ogust

Congratulations to Nancy Abraham and Lisa Keller on their new position as co-heads of HBO Docs and Family Programming! Nancy has been an integral part of the Woodstock Film Festival throughout our years and we couldn't be happier for both her and for Lisa.

“'With Nancy and Lisa leading a stellar team, there will be a continued commitment to the excellence that was a hallmark of Sheila’s tenure,' said Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming. 'Our viewers can look forward to a compelling slate of programming.'

Abraham and Heller are both currently senior vice presidents of HBO documentary and family programming. They are responsible for the development, production and acquisition of HBO documentaries and family programs, which have garnered numerous awards, including multiple Emmys, Peabody Awards, Alfred I. duPont Awards and Academy Awards.

Abraham joined the documentary division in 1995 and was promoted to vice president of documentary programming, in 1998. She became senior vice president in 2009. She has served as a programming executive on such productions as BRIGHT LIGHTS: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, CRIES FROM SYRIA, NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER, LIFE ACCORDING TO SAM, SIX BY SONDHEIM, THE LOVING STORY, ETHEL and PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY." - Variety

Roll With Me

Crew and subject of ROLL WITH ME with Woodstock Film Festival Executive Director Meira Blaustein and Board President Lauri Andretta

Crew and subject of ROLL WITH ME with Woodstock Film Festival Executive Director Meira Blaustein and Board President Lauri Andretta

ROLL WITH ME, our Carpe Diem award winner at the 18th Annual Woodstock Film Festival, will screen at Slamdance next month. Thank you Peter Baxter, Paul Rachman and everyone at Slamdance for programming it, and heartfelt congrats to director Lisa France, producer Sharon Swart, subject Gabriel Cordell and all who are involved in the film. If you haven’t seen it yet and will be in Park City on Monday January 22nd, do come to Treasure Mountain Inn and watch it. We’ll see you there.

"When director Lisa France received a call from Gabriel Cordell, a paraplegic man looking for someone to document the challenge of his life, she had no idea how much this would change her own life and that of many others. France and her quickly assembled ragtag crew - all with their own issues - filmed Gabriel's attempt to be the first person to roll unassisted on his human-powered wheelchair from Santa Monica, CA to Long Island, NY in 100 days, aiming to set a world record. The undertaking was physically and emotionally arduous, not just for Gabriel, but the entire team, herded in cramped quarters throughout the trip. And everyone, from Gabriel, his team, the film crew, to the thousands of bystanders who crossed paths with Gabriel, was transformed in some way forever. ROLL WITH ME is a moving testimony to one man's incredible and undefeated spirit, and to the power to rise up and meet whatever comes that is in us all. — Svetlana Krotek"

Rose McGowan

When the fearless Rose McGowan spoke at the 2015 Woodstock Film Festival, people listened. Her voice and her message are now heard around the world.

Thank you Rose and congratulations on being named among Time Magazine's person(s) of the year. Read the Time Magazine coverage at Time.com.

"I know we're not used to hearing women express anger but I don't really care, because I have a lot of anger. I have righteous anger and I've earned that anger by being in this industry for 20 years since I was basically a child….I don't care about people's good hearts anymore, I want action. I hear over and over in Hollywood now "We're becoming very aware of this problem."  I don't care for your awareness, I can't take that to the bank. And neither can another artist, another female, another woman who has another story to tell. And we are not actually a minority. We are audience members too. And I would say to people out there, who are in this audience, or in any audience, male or female, rise up and demand what you want, because we're being shortchanged too.” - Rose McGowan at the 2015 Woodstock Film Festival WOMEN IN FILM panel

Watch Rose McGowan, as well as other fiercely independent women Rachel Wantanabe Batton, Leah Meyerhoff, Amy Hobby and moderator Alexis Alexanian talk about issues facing women in the industry in our 2015 WOMEN IN FILM panel below.

The Square

THE SQUARE has been nominated for a Golden Globe in the category "Best Foreign Language Film" and is shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. THE SQUARE is playing now in select cinemas. Check their website to find a screening near you! THE SQUARE screened at the 18th annual Woodstock Film Festival.

"Christian is a sophisticated, liberal and respected curator of a contemporary art museum who is about to launch a daring new exhibit titled THE SQUARE, when in a blink of an eye, everything changes. One minute a successful man in control of his life and his surroundings, Christian becomes a victim of a theft of his wallet and phone, and is pulled into a whirlpool of events that gets more and more bizarre before it balances out again. A rich and entertaining satire that takes on the Swedish art scene, politics and human nature, THE SQUARE boasts stellar performance by Christian (Claes Bang) and Anne (Elizabeth Moss) as it takes you on a ride through individual and societal behavior."

2017 Ladies and Unisex tees are just $5 after tax for a limited time. Visit our merchandise and souvenir page for these as well as other offerings, such as our classic "Fiercely Indie" tees; hats; mugs; and archival posters.

Bid now on our ENTOURAGE season 2 finale script. The script is signed by the creator of ENTOURAGE, Doug Ellin, and its main cast, including Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, and Jerry Ferrara.

To bid on this item, please send your highest bid to us at auctions@woodstockfilmfestival.com or call 845-679-4265. The current bid is $250. The auction ends at 12 noon on December 31, so bid now to avoid disappointment.

Photo by: Leslie Hill

Photo by: Leslie Hill

Join us at the 19th Annual Woodstock Film Festival, on October 10-14 2018.

The Woodstock Film Festival showcases some of the best contemporary filmmaking from around the world, featuring passionate, creative, captivating and affirming work by some of today's most promising and accomplished independent filmmakers. Events generate large, enthusiastic audiences, news headlines, social media exposure and a gamut of other promotional opportunities.


The Woodstock Film Festival is extremely grateful to have so many amazing sponsors each year. This year's festival was made possible in part by Gold, Silver, and Bronze sponsors, and State Support.



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