"The festival really shows a lot of heart and passion and that is something that's unique in the festival business [...] I had a wonderful time and I hate to leave." - Bill Plympton

apollo_001_highres - Reggie Chelsom (1)-1.jpg


"A bracing and moving look at how a parade of extraordinary popular artists redefined black America - and America, period - from one stage." -Variety

The Woodstock Film Festival, Radio Kingston and Bardavon present THE APOLLO directed by Roger Ross Williams, a free pre-festival community screening event at Ulster Performing Arts Center (601 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401) Tuesday October 1, 2019 at 7pm. Producer Lisa Cortes and a special guest will be in attendance for Q&A!

Click HERE to register

THE APOLLOhelmed by Oscar- and Emmy-winning director Roger Ross Williams chronicles the unique history and contemporary legacy of New York City’s landmark Apollo Theater. Over the last 85 years, what began as a refuge for marginalized artists has emerged as a hallowed hall of black excellence and empowerment. The feature-length film weaves together archival clips of music, comedy and dance performances from an astonishing list of legendary talents that includes Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Lauryn Hill; behind-the-scenes footage of the theater team; and interviews with artists Jamie Foxx, Pharrell Williams, and Smokey Robinson. "I am thrilled to bring THE APOLLO to this year's Woodstock Film Festival" says Williams, "It's incredible to be able to play this film in another historic venue, Kingston's UPAC Theater, which also carries an important legacy in film and the performing arts." 

THE APOLLO debuts this fall on HBO.

PL_Trya & Manuel Still (1).png


The Festival is excited to announce the world premiere of PARKLAND RISING, two-time Emmy-winning filmmaker Cheryl Horner McDonough's new film documenting the efforts of the survivors and parents of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to push for stricter gun control legislation after one of the deadliest school shootings in American history. Focusing largely on the stories of student activist David Hogg and artist Manuel Oliver, father of victim Joaquin Oliver, the documentary follows these brave individuals over the course of nine months as they funnel their pain and outrage into challenging the gun lobby.

Join us for this special event at the Woodstock Playhouse on Friday, October 4th at 9:00 PM.

Click HERE to order tickets

Stay tuned for additional Festival announcements in the coming days! Tickets to go on sale September 12. Full Festival Passes are currently available here.


This changes everything special screening

Director Tom Donahue answers audience questions with Woodstock Film Festival Co-founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein

Director Tom Donahue answers audience questions with Woodstock Film Festival Co-founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein

On August 16th the festival hosted a special screening of the documentary THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING, festival alum Tom Donahue's and executive producer Geena Davis' eye-opening new documentary about gender disparity in Hollywood. Audience members and Donahue had a spirited discussion about the extensive research that went into the film, which included interviews with 98 women in the entertainment industry and a crew that was 75% female. Specials thanks to the attendees for their insightful questions

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is out now in select theaters.

Read more about the event on our blog.

Carmine street guitars matinee screening

On August 17th Woodstock alum Ron Mann hosted a matinee screening of his film CARMINE STREET GUITARS, about the famed Greenwich Village guitar store, which was shown during last year’s festival. Mann’s intimate documentary follows the day to day inner workings of one of the last landmarks of 1970s New York bohemia. Shop owner Rick Kelly and his apprentice Cindy Hulej attended as special guests.

CARMINE STREET GUITARS is now playing in select cities.

Director Ron Mann and special guests Rick Kelly, Cindy Hujel, and Eleanor Friedberger from CARMINE STREET GUITARS

Director Ron Mann and special guests Rick Kelly, Cindy Hujel, and Eleanor Friedberger from CARMINE STREET GUITARS

Staff member Jason Vasquez and intern Chase Mayo modeling the new shirt designs

Staff member Jason Vasquez and intern Chase Mayo modeling the new shirt designs

The festival has unveiled new t-shirts for its landmark 20th anniversary! To purchase this year’s apparel and/or other available merchandise click here.

The Woodstock Film Festival helps to nurture and launch many award-winning filmmakers. Along with it’s year-round programming and special events, the festival continually works to expand awareness of the power of film and storytelling tools with up-and-coming filmmakers, helping them develop and produce their own innovative work. Here we are fortunate enough to highlight some of our alumni in their next big steps.

Alexandre Moratto, Ultra Indie Award winner for SOCRATES.

Alexandre Moratto, Ultra Indie Award winner for SOCRATES.

Congratulations to our alum Alexandre Moratto, whose film SOCRATES was just shortlisted for Brazil's official Oscar entry. SOCRATES premiered for the first time on the East Coast at the Woodstock Film Festival last year, where it won Best Ultra Indie Award. The film follows Socrates, a fifteen-year-old struggling to survive on the streets of São Paolo after the sudden death of his mother. The film was shot on a micro budget of under $20,000 and was produced, written, and acted in collaboration with at-risk teens from low-income communities through the support of UNICEF.

As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, and to continue our dedication to youth and education, we are offering high-school students a one-time opportunity to participate in the Festival in a new and exciting way.

Students may submit (free of charge) a short video, no longer than two (2) minutes long, which they would shoot and edit on their phones, for consideration for the Festival's Youtube channel. In keeping with the festival’s commitment to socially engaged filmmaking, we ask that the videos take on social issues that are either global, local or personal to the students. Themes may include climate change, LGBTQ+, poverty and homelessness, drug addiction, illegal immigration, racial bias, gun control, etc.

Selected short videos will be made available on the Festival's Youtube channel.

Films should be submitted as a Google Drive link and as an H.264 file (1920x1080P) to info@woodstockfilmfestival.org no later than September 13, 2019. Students must include their name and school in the email body. Woodstock Film Festival staff will notify students whose work has been selected by email.

If you’re looking for something to do this summer in the Hudson Valley look no further. Here are two great venues to visit during your next upstate odyssey.

Diamond Mills Hotel
A 30-room boutique hotel situated in historical Saugerties, Diamond Hills is perfect for any event or a simple stay. With beautiful scenery right by the water, it features fine dining, a lovely ballroom, and easy access to a number of attractions, including golfing, hiking, and horseback riding.

Robibero Winery
This family owned and operated vineyard in New Paltz, NY is relatively new to the scene, but pride themselves on their work and producing wine that stands out. With a beautiful vineyard and tasting room to match, Robibero vineyard is a great place to go for those looking to sample some local flavor.

Screen Shot 2019-02-25 at 3.38.19 PM.png

Help us reach and celebrate our 20TH ANNIVERSARY milestone in 2019 and beyond by making a tax deductible donation. Your contribution will make a tremendous positive impact on the programming that we bring year-round and during the film festival. The Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, 501 (C)(3) organization 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.

Please help us by making a tax deductible contribution to our Capital Campaign. Whether you donate $5 or $500, every little bit helps.

Thank you for your support. The film center is headquarters for both the Woodstock Film Festival and the Hudson Valley Film Commission. For more details, visit this link.

Full festival passes are available to purchase now.