"Honoring the young and the old, endorsing community, advocating inspiration and lauding humanitarian gestures — all sentiments that sum up Woodstock and its 'Fiercely Independent' film festival quite well." - Hollywood Reporter

The Woodstock Film Festival, now in its 22nd year, is known for its long standing support of independent filmmakers, emerging and established alike. In addition to showcasing some of today’s best independent films each year, the festival also offers A-list concerts, parties and panels, and presents innovative and stimulating programming including Spotlight on Women in Film and Media, LGBTQ Focus, Focus on Music, Movies for Change, and the Youth Initiative.

The festival has drawn rave reviews nationwide from filmmakers, industry members, film lovers and the media alike. indieWIRE named WFF one of the top 50 film festivals in the world and Moviemaker included WFF on of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World.

"It's a great festival... It's what a film festival should be, which is really independent films showcasing the work of filmmakers you might not know about… I love that, and Woodstock is a town that goes hand in hand with that. I can't think of another place that seems better suited to have an independent film festival than Woodstock.” - Actor Paul Rudd

"The Woodstock film festival is a haven for those who love independent and challenging cinema. The spirit of the Namesake of the festival is in the very fiber of the festival itself-freewheeling, experimental, searching and visionary.” - Filmmaker Julie Taymor

Esteemed participants from the film world have included Karen Allen, Darren Aronofsky, Kevin Bacon, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Barkin, Signe Baumane, Elmer Bernstein, David Bromberg, Eamonn Bowles, Bob Berney, Bruce Beresford, Joe Berlinger, Les Blank, Peter Bogdanovich, Benjamin Bratt, Steve Buscemi, Paul Cantelon, Jennifer Connelly, Courteney Cox, Michael Cristofer, Paul Dano, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jonathan Demme, Matt Dillon, Donovan, Vincent D'Onofrio, Olympia Dukakis, Griffin Dunne, Mark Duplass, Steve Earle, Giancarlo Esposito, Susie Essman, Edie Falco, Vera Farmiga, America Ferrera, Larry Fessenden, Bela Fleck, Ben Foster, Cary Fukunaga, Liz Garbus, Peter Gabriel, Andy Garcia, Leon Gast, Alex Gibney, Debra Granik, Shep Gordon, Jonathan Gray, Adrian Grenier, Bruce Greenwood, Arlo Guthrie, Marcia Gay Harden, Catherine Hardwicke, Woody Harrelson, Ethan Hawke, Todd Haynes, Matthew Heineman, Gill Holland, Ted Hope, Timothy Hutton, Alejandro G. Inarritu, Jim Jarmusch, Tony Kaye, Sally Kirkland, Jason Kliot, Barbara Kopple, Ray Kurzweil, Tony Kushner, Joseph Gordon-Leavitt, Ang Lee, Melissa Leo, David Linde, Richard Linklater, Laura Linney, Jeff Lipsky, Lucy Liu, Christopher Lloyd, Albert Maysles, Ron Mann, Hugh Masekela, Angela McCluskey, Rebecca Miller, Brett Morgen, Oren Moverman, Mira Nair, Tim Blake Nelson, Ron Nyswaner, D.A. Pennebaker, Rosie Perez, Pinetop Perkins, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Bill Plympton, Parker Posey, Natalie Portman, Bill Pullman, Aidan Quinn, Tom Quinn, Bingham Ray, Norman Reedus, Keanu Reeves, Tim Robbins, Sam Rockwell, Sonny Rollins, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Saraf, Ted Sarandos, Nancy Savoca, James Schamus, Liev Schreiber, David Schwimmer, Annabella Sciorra, Seann William Scott, Jonathan Sehring, Susan Seidelman, Pauly Shore, Lori Singer, John Sloss, Kevin Smith, Fisher Stevens, David Strathairn, Lemore Syvan, Amber Tamblyn, Lili Taylor, Julie Taymor, Uma Thurman, Stanley Tucci, Christine Vachon, Robert Vaughn, Paul Wesley, Haskell Wexler, Jedd Wider, Todd Wider and many more.

The Woodstock Film Festival is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and strongly encourages women, persons of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ community to apply.

Cash, prizes and/or services are given out for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Ultra Indie Feature, the Carpe Diem Award, Best Shorts, and Best Cinematography (the Haskell Wexler Award). Best Editing, Best Animation and Audience Awards are also presented for Narrative and Documentary features. Recent AWARD SPONSORS have included Gigantic Pictures, Films We Like, Markertek, Gray Schwartz, Panavision NY, and others.

All rights must be cleared.

All previous screenings information must be filled in, in order to be considered.

Films with online distribution are ineligible for the festival.

Films must be Hudson Valley Premieres.

No resubmissions of films except for new versions.

Be sure to include your FilmFreeway tracking I.D. number on it.

We accept VIMEO or other online link to your film. We do not accept DVDs.

Please do not submit a press kit, it is not necessary for the film screening process and will not be used. Please save your time, money and the environment. Thank you and we look forward to viewing your film!

Overall Rating
  • Attila Rostas

    Amanda Naseem festival programmer and the whole Woodstock team rocks. We are honored to belong to Woodstock prestigious family. Thank you for the great experience and flexibility regarding the interview. 5 Stars!!!

    November 2020
  • Alisa Stern

    I had a wonderful experience! I look forward to attending in person next time. Thank you!

    October 2020
  • Kateryna Tiurina

    Thank you guys, for this vantastic festival. Good communication, warm approach. We were really happy be a part of Woodstock Film Festival.

    October 2020
  • Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu

    As cool and awesome a festival as the name suggests.

    October 2020
  • Woodstock film festivals shows great respect for the short filmmaker. And the animation shirts are very well curated!!!

    October 2020