"I've been very fortunate and lucky...I have an Oscar, I have an Emmy, I have a couple of Sundance things and I pushed them over and I put that [Woodstock Film Festival] Maverick Award right in the middle!" -Leon Gast, Academy Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker

The 7th Annual Taste of Woodstock was a beautiful sunny evening where hundreds of friends and neighbors walked the streets of Woodstock enjoying the diverse and delectable fare the area has to offer. By all counts it was an absolutely fabulous evening, and we were able to show off our town and raise some money for the Film Festival and Hudson Valley Film Commission in the process.

Thank you to all who attended from near and far. And a special thank you to all the restaurants that participated so generously, you all outdid yourselves and made the night successful and memorable! See you next time!

Award Winners:

Best Overall: Woodstock Meats
Best Main Course:
Best Appetizer: 
Sharkie's Meatballs
Best Side Dish:
Woodstock Pub
Best Dessert:
Nancy's of Woodstock Artisanal Creamery
Best Beverage:

Congratulations to all and thank you!

Our sister organization The Hudson Valley Film Commission will receive the Special Citation - Organization Award at the 7th Annual Ulster County Arts Awards on June 4 in Highland, NY. For tickets and information to the 7th Annual Ulster County Arts Awards, click here.

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Special Event in collaboration with Radio Kingston: Diverse Voices in Film & Media.

This special panel will feature a group of award winning, accomplished filmmakers who are engaged in telling important and marginalized stories that do not always get wide public attention, and / or shed a light onto a world not often seen on screen. 

This event is free but registration is required.


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Lisa Cortés - Academy Award®–nominated Producer whose credits include PRECIOUS; THE WOODSMAN; and SHADOWBOXER. Her work with trailblazing companies such as Rush Artist Management, Def Jam Records, and Lee Daniels Entertainment has been distinguished by her commitment to empowering inclusive voices, and giving light to challenging visionary stories. 

Through her production company, Cortés Films she produced innovative features, documentaries and short films. Her recent film THE APOLLO opened the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and THE REMIX: HIP HOP X FASHION premiered at Tribeca. Cortés is a Member of the Producers branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and serves on the Boards of the Film Society of Lincoln Center; ITVS; Yaddo and the Trajal Harrell Dance Company. 

Yoruba Richen - Award winning documentary filmmaker whose work has been featured on PBS, New York Times Op Doc, Frontline Digital, New York Magazine’s website -The Cut, The Atlantic and Field of Vision. Her latest film THE GREEN BOOK: GUIDE TO FREEDOM was broadcast on the Smithsonian Channel. Yoruba is director of the documentary program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism.


Roger Ross Williams - the first African American director to win an Academy Award with his short film MUSIC BY PRUDENCE. Williams has directed a wide variety of acclaimed films, including GOD LOVES UGANDA, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award, and LIFE, ANIMATED, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2017. His recent film THE APOLLO opened the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival to great acclaim. Williams is on the Board of Governors for the Academy of of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences, representing the documentary branch, as well as being on the Diversity Committee for the Academy. He serves on the Alumni Advisory Board of the Sundance Institute, the Advisory Board of Full Frame Festival and the Board of the Tribeca Film Festival.


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Lacey Schwartz Delgado- Award-winning producer/ writer/ director/ outreach strategist who draws on her interdisciplinary background to create compelling stories that span documentary and fiction. She is co-founder of Truth Aid, a multimedia production company that specializes in stories about telling truths that are difficult to discuss. Schwartz Delgado directed, produced and co-wrote the critically acclaimed documentary “LITTLE WHITE LIE,” and also executive produced the award-winning narrative film “DIFRET”. A native of Woodstock, NY and resident of Rhinebeck, NY, Schwartz Delgado has a BA from Georgetown University and a JD from Harvard University.


Join us for an screening under the stars and workshop powered by solar energy in collaboration with Oscillation Transia Film Festival at the Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Visitor Center.

A screening of HAPPENING: A CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION, directed by James Redford, founder of the Redford Center, will headline the evening, preceded by the short film GROWING WITH THE GRAIN directed by Jon Bowermaster of Ocean 8 Films.

Prior to the screening there will be a Solar Energy Workshop Lead by Oscillation Transia Festival Engineer Austin Krause. Learn the basics of solar energy, how Oscillation Transia runs on solar, and how you can implement solar into your life today!

For tickets to this outdoor screening click here.

JULY 8 - 26

The Woodstock Film Festival Summer Youth Film Lab returns. Under the leadership of Meira Blaustein, Woodstock Film Festival Co-Founder / Executive Director, and program director Megan Sperry, the film lab will run July 8 - 26, 2019, at the Center for Creative Education in mid-town Kingston, NY.

The 2nd Annual Woodstock Film Festival Summer Youth Film Lab was made possible with support from an anonymous donor.

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.

Richard Miron, Kathy Murphy, and Jeffrey Star (For the Birds) at the 2018 Woodstock Film Festival. Photo by Tom Schmidt

Richard Miron, Kathy Murphy, and Jeffrey Star (For the Birds) at the 2018 Woodstock Film Festival. Photo by Tom Schmidt

WRESTLE, which premiered on PBS’s Independent Lens last week is also available for streaming until June 4 and streaming now on Kanopy. WRESTLE was honored a special mention for The James Lyons Editing Award For Documentary Feature at the 19th Annual Woodstock Film Festival.

Lauren Belfer and Suzannah Herbert, directors of Wrestle at the 2018 Woodstock Film Festival. Photo by Isabell Lawkins

Lauren Belfer and Suzannah Herbert, directors of Wrestle at the 2018 Woodstock Film Festival. Photo by Isabell Lawkins

FOR THE BIRDS, which screened at the 19th Annual Woodstock Film Festival, will be opening for week-long runs May 31st – June 6 at the IFC Center in NYC, and June 14 – 20 at Laemmle Monica Film Center in Los Angeles. Vulture calls it something you must do in NYC this weekend. You can purchase tickets here.

Festival alum, Jenna Ricker, who premiered her featured film THE AMERICAN SIDE in Woodstock back in 2014, premieres her newest film QUALIFIED on ESPN Tuesday, May 28th at 8pm/ET. QUALIFIED re-airs on ABC on Saturday, June 1st at 3:00/ET. QUALIFIED is the challenging and inspiring story of Janet Guthrie, the first woman to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 AND the Daytona 500 in 1977. 

Congratulations to festival alum Bonnie Hawthorne! Hawthorne is the recipient of the 2019 Keeper of the Catskills Award. Her newesest film DREAMING OF A VETTER WORLD will show at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. For tickets and more information on additional screenings click here.

Director Bonnie Hawthorne and Executive Producer Steve Buscemi at the Rosendale Theatre.

Director Bonnie Hawthorne and Executive Producer Steve Buscemi at the Rosendale Theatre.

Director Jenna Ricker at Q&A after World Premiere of THE AMERICAN SIDE by Jenna Ricker. Photo by Anjali Bermain

Director Jenna Ricker at Q&A after World Premiere of THE AMERICAN SIDE by Jenna Ricker. Photo by Anjali Bermain

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The 20th Annual Woodstock Film Festival is now open for film submissions. The late deadline is June 6, with the final deadline June 20.

Across a range of juried competitive categories, the Woodstock Film Festival offers prizes including the Gigantic Pictures Feature Narrative Award ($5,000), Best Short Narrative ($2,000), Best Student Short Award ($1,000), the Films We Like Best Documentary Award ($1,000), the Carpe Diem Andretta Award ($1,000) and the Haskell Wexler Cinematography Award (sponsored by Panavision). Jury members comprised of distributors, producers, actors and directors present the awards in person at the Maverick Awards Gala. Annually, the festival also doles out honorary awards to some of the biggest names in the film business, including: Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, A Private War) in 2018, presented by Alex Gibney and Molly Thompson, Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) in 2014, presented by Natalie Portman and Jennifer Connelly, and award-winning producer David Linde (Spotlight) in 2015, presented by two-time Academy Award winning writer/director Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant, Birdman).


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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.


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