Join us October 13-16, 2016



This year's commemorative program, celebrating the 17th year of the Woodstock Film Festival,
from October 13-16, is offering a limited number of ads. The deadline is September 9th!
For details and prices, visit http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/events/adbuy.php

Lifetime, Fiercely Independent, and Trailblazer honorees announced

Time Out Of Mind’s Oren Moverman and Oscar winner Leon Gast, along with actor Ben Foster and two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple join Participant Media’s CEO David Linde, and a stellar lineup of award recipients and presenters at the 17th Annual Woodstock Film Festival.

The Woodstock Film Festival announced that its honorary Fiercely Independent Award will be presented by Actor Ben Foster to Oren Moverman, an Israeli-American film director, screenwriter, producer, and former journalist based in New York City. As previously announced, media executive David Linde, CEO of Participant Media, is being honored with the Trailblazer Award this year for his visionary and tireless commitment to furthering the highest qualities in film and filmmakers. The awards will be presented at the Maverick Awards Ceremony on Saturday Oct. 15 at BSP, 323 Wall St., Kingston, NY.

Academy Award-nominated Oren Moverman is the writer/director of the recently shot The Dinner, (The Orchard 2017 release) starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, and Time out of Mind, (2015 IFC release). He is the winner of the International Critics Award at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival. Moverman directed Rampart, (2011 Millennium Entertainment release) which he wrote with novelist James Ellroy, and his directorial debut The Messenger, (Oscilloscope Laboratories release), co-written with Alessandro Camon, which garnered a nomination for the 2010 Best Screenplay Award and other accolades. Among his many writing credits ranging from biopics of Brian Wilson to Bob Dylan, Moverman also co-wrote Udi Aloni’s Junction 48, slated for 2017 release, that won the 2016 audience award at the Berlin Film Festival and the International Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. Moverman produced Joseph Cedar’s upcoming Norman (Sony Pictures Classic 2017 release) and Ido Fluk’s The Ticket, screening this year at the Woodstock Film Festival.

Actor Ben Foster, who co-starred in The Messenger and Rampart, will present the Award to Moverman. Foster is best known for Freaks & Geeks, Six Feet Under and major roles in many movies including X-Men: The Last Stand, Alpha Dog, 3:10 to Yuma, The Messenger, The Mechanic, Rampart, Kill Your Darlings, Lone Survivor and Warcraft.

Udi Aloni’s film Junction 48, courtesy of The Orchard,  and  Ido Fluk’s film The Ticket, will be shown at the festival in conjunction with the awards presentation to Moverman.

“I first attended the 10th annual Woodstock Film festival with The Messenger in 2009 and I distinctly remember the feeling I had that night ; it was a coming home of sorts to a bastion of independent thinkers and creative artists” stated Moverman. “I am therefore truly honored and touched to receive the Fiercely Independent Award from The Woodstock Film festival, a visionary organization that is sincerely and beautifully committed to innovation, originality and nonconformity in cinema. How they came to choose such an unhip recipient is a testament to their strange and uncompromising ways for which they may or may not be forgiven”.

Currently, Linde is CEO of Participant Media, a global company dedicated to media that inspires social change. Linde’s career dates back to Miramax Films and Miramax Films International, where he led the acquisition of such classics as Heavenly Creatures, Bullets Over Broadway and Pulp Fiction. He went on to lead Focus Features with co-president James Schamus, and then to chair Universal Pictures.  The Trailblazer Award will be presented to Linde by a filmmaker with whom he has worked closely in the past.

Participant Media’s upcoming film Neruda, directed by directed by Pablo Larraín, courtesy of The Orchard,  is being shown at the festival in conjunction with Linde’s award.

The festival is also thrilled to celebrate the life and work of Academy award winning documentary filmmaker Leon Gast, and bestow upon him its Lifetime Achievement Award, to be presented to him by his close friend and colleague, Academy Award winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple.

Leon Gast is an American documentary film director, producer, cinematographer, and editor. His documentary When We Were Kings, depicting the iconic heavyweight-boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, won the 1996 Academy Award for Documentary Feature and the Independent Spirit Award. Gast co-directed the 1977 documentary The Grateful Dead Movie with Jerry Garcia about the band’s 1974 five-night performance at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Gast's 2010 film, Smash His Camera, about paparazzi photographer Ron Galella, won Best Director of a U.S. documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. His first theatrically released film was the groundbreaking Our Latin Thing (Nuestra Cosa)(1972) about Latin music. Other films include, B.B. King Live in Africa (1974); Salsa (1975;) One Love (2003); Manny (2014); and Sporting Dreams (2015).  He was executive producer/producer of Soul Power (2008) and the Emmy award-winning The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013). A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, Gast studied dramatic arts at Columbia University. He and his wife live in Woodstock, New York - their favorite place in the world.

“I am a very lucky person in that I have had the opportunity to make films about people that I love; Muhammad Ali, BB King, The Grateful Dead, etc…” said Gast. “I love Sports, Music and most of all I love making films that explore life. And I love having served on the Advisory Board of the Woodstock Film Festival and OMG I've won the prestigious 2016 WFF Lifetime Achievement Award!”

Barbara Kopple, who will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Gast, is a two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker. She is a director and producer of narrative films, documentaries and commercial spots, most recently Miss Sharon Jones!, which debuted at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Other recent projects include Hot Type: 150 Years of the Nation, (2015) about America’s longest running continuous publication, and the Academy Award-nominated documentary Running from Crazy, which examines the lives of the three granddaughters of Ernest Hemingway and their varied journeys through mental illness.

Kopple produced and directed Harlan County USA and American Dream, both winners of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Her other films include The House of Steinbrenner, Woodstock:  Now and Then, Shut Up and Sing, A Conversation with Gregory Peck, My Generation, Havoc, Wild Man Blues, Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson, for which she won a DGA Award for Outstanding Direction.

“We are thrilled to honor the achievements of these exemplary filmmakers” said Woodstock Film Festival executive director and co-founder Meira Blaustein. Their contributions to the art and craft of cinema set the highest standards for those who follow, and their works are the cornerstones on which future filmmakers can build.”

The Trailblazer, Fiercely Independent, Lifetime, and other honorary and competitive awards will be presented at the Woodstock Film Festival’s Maverick Awards Ceremony on Saturday Oct. 15, at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, NY.

Tickets for the Maverick Awards Gala and Ceremony, tickets and program updates are available online at woodstockfilmfestival.com.




2016 wff box office hours

Ticket sales for the 17th Annual Woodstock Film Festival go live on Sept. 21 at www.woodstockfilmfestival.com
The WFF Box Office (13 Rock City Rd. Woodstock, NY) will be open:
Sept 21-Oct 9: Weds. through Sun., noon-6pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
Oct 10-Oct 15: 9am-7pm
Oct 16: 9am-6pm

For purchase and ticket pickup details, please visit http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/ticketinfo.php

2016 WFF full festival passes are here!

Only a limited number of 17th Annual Woodstock Film Festival Full Festival Passes will be sold! Get your pass now and gain access to all the amazing screenings, panels, concerts, and parties that the festival has to offer in 2016.

Benefits include:

  • Priority seating for screenings and panels, access to parties
  • Access to hospitality suite
  • Access to parties
  • Golden Circle Ticket to Kick off Event
  • Ticket to Award Ceremony
  • 2016 Woodstock Film Festival t-shirt & cap
  • 2016 Woodstock Film Festival poster by Mary Frank

These passes go fast so don't wait! For more information please visit http://woodstockfilmfestival.com/fundraising/fullfestpass.php

2016 offical lineup to be announced Sept. 12

Festival programmers evaluated thousands of film submissions from around the world to bring audiences this year's curated list of over a hundred feature documentaries, narrative features, and short films (including short docs and animation). Entries were up more than 40%, which made the selection process particularly difficult. Many thanks to all of the filmmakers who shared their projects for consideration. The full lineup will be announced on Sept. 12.  


It's 2016 and new technology is changing the way we absorb media every day. Experience all of the unique content of the 17th Annual Woodstock Film Festival through our interactive social media experiences. Look for event live streaming on our facebook page and add us on Snapchat, the newest addition to our social networking platform! 

And "Like" us on Facebook for special Facebook Live streaming during the fest! We will be broadcasting panels, exclusive interviews and many more events!

Calling all college students FOR internships for 2016 festival

Former intern (now staffer) Evan Thomas

Former intern (now staffer) Evan Thomas



I want to help!

Whether driving a car, taking tickets, decorating venues, or making sure filmmakers have what they need, VOLUNTEERS are the lifeblood of the festival!

Make friends and learn about the film business from the inside out. Volunteers receive a a crew shirt, training and vouchers for films. 

To volunteer, fill out our online application form. If you are a returning volunteer, let us know if you'd like to return to the same department or experience something new. Questions? Email us at volunteer@woodstockfilmfestival.com

WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL alumni rock toronto

Our congratulations go out to our Woodstock Film Festival alumni and friends making a splash at the Toronto Film Festival this September 8 to 18. The opening night film for TIFF16 is the World Premiere of The Magnificent Seven, starring WFF Advisory Board members Ethan Hawke and Vincent D'Onofrio. 

Loving, A Gala Film offering, is produced by Peter Saraf, a WFF Founding Member and Advisory Board member. The film has created buzz from Cannes to the Academy. The TIFF screening is Loving's North American Premiere. 

The 2004 Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Award Winner Mira Nair presents the world premiere of her new film Queen of Katwe, starring Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo at Toronto. From there, her film goes on to the London Film Festival in October. 

Katherine Dieckmann, who screened her film Motherhood at the 2009 Woodstock Film Festival and was a key participant in the Amazing Women in Film panel that year, presents the World Premiere of her new film Strange Weather as a Gala Film offering at Toronto. 

Director Jonathan Demme has a long history with the Woodstock Film Festival, both as a panelist for the 2009 Music in Film panel and as the 2012 Maverick Award Winner. He brings the World Premiere of JT & The Tennessee Kids to the Toronto Film Festival. 

Good luck to all our Woodstock Film Festival alumni and friends. We celebrate your successes! Bring your next film to Woodstock. 

The films above were either produced in the Hudson Valley, shown at the Woodstock Film Festival in years' past, or both. These films are streaming RIGHT NOW on netflix.com. Click on their corresponding picture to check them out!



We would like to also extend a thank you to our official 2016 advertisers who joined us for Newsletter support: 
Thank you Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and Woodstock Yoga.