The Woodstock Film Festival is an Academy Awards® qualifying festival for the Short Film Awards. Recipients of the festival's qualifying awards will be eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film/Live Action Short Film/Documentary Short Film category of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy Awards® official rules which can be found at

The 24th Woodstock Film Festival will take place September 27-October 1, 2023.

Founded in 2000 in the famed artists' colony of Woodstock, NY, the Woodstock Film Festival presents high-quality films, panels, concerts and special events. More than 80 percent of the filmmakers participate, joining prominent industry members who attend from all over the world.

The Woodstock Film Festival is traditionally a haven for networking with high-caliber industry members, filmmakers, musicians, and artists.

Refreshingly far from the hustle and bustle of the Hollywood scene, yet nestled in an area where many film productions are now booming and where industry stalwarts and game-changers now call home, the Woodstock Film Festival regularly draws celebrity guests and seamlessly integrates them with filmmakers and film fans. In previous years, the festival has hosted Ethan Hawke, Debra Granik, Ramin Bahrani, Awkwafina, Julie Taymor, Matthew Heinemann, Roger Ross Williams, Barbara Kopple, Abigail Disney, Ang Lee, Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith, Darren Aronofsky, Mira Nair, Matt Dillon, Mark Duplass, Jennifer Connelly, Natalie Portman, Rachel Brosnahan, Paul Rudd, Keanu Reeves, Woody Harrelson, Steve Buscemi, Melissa Leo, Lucy Liu, Tim Robbins, Mark Ruffalo, Uma Thurman, David Strathairn, Rebecca Miller, and many more.

“Woodstock is my absolute favorite festival because it has everything; a beautiful and relaxing setting, a wonderful artistic community, and a powerfully curated selection of the finest-crafted films. It’s a love fest for film lovers.” — Roger Ross Williams, Academy Award-winning Filmmaker

"Events like the Woodstock Film Festival are some of the few places where films aren't viewed as units of sale, judged on their value of commerce. The community building, idea sharing, and celebration of film as a medium that the Woodstock Film Festival fosters is invaluable to the lifeblood of the film community. I've been to many festivals all around the world, but this is one of my favorites." - Ethan Hawke, Actor / Director, 4 -times Academy Award Nominee

“Woodstock is the place with the plan for the creative arts, so welcome and stay here and keep it happening!” — Giancarlo Esposito, Actor, The Mandalorian, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul

Legendary director Julie Taymor said “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.”

"The Woodstock Film Festival is that rare and wonderful celebration that joins folks who make movies with folks who love movies in a glorious community around great storytelling. It's a spirit that has flourished forever in this corner of the Catskills and WFF is giving new generations the chance to say, 'Oh yeah, I was at Woodstock!'. - Peter Saraf, Producer, Little Miss Sunshine, The Farewell

Across a range of juried competitive categories, the Woodstock Film Festival offers prizes including Best Feature Narrative Award, Best Short Narrative and Documentary, Best Student Short Award, Best Documentary Award, best Editing Award, the Ultra Indie and the Haskell Wexler Best Cinematography Award. Jury members comprised of distributors, producers, actors and directors present the awards in person at the Maverick Awards. Cash prizes are given out with some of the awards, including the Best Feature Narrative and the Ultra Indie award. Annually, the festival also doles out honorary awards to some of the most notable names in the film business, including actor / filmmaker Ethan Hawke, filmmaker Debra Granik, IFC Films' president Arianna Bocco, and performer Awkwafina in 2022, Neon’s CEO Tom Quinn and filmmakers Roger Ross Williams and Eliza Hittman in 2021, executive producer Abigail Disney, presented by Julie Taymor in 2019, filmmaker Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, A Private War) in 2018, presented by Alex Gibney and Molly Thompson, filmmaker 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).

Submit your film to the Woodstock Film Festival, and take part in what Ethan Hawke calls “a festival that isn't trying to sell you anything, but simply and beautifully celebrating the art & craft of filmmaking”.

Awards, some with cash, are given out for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Short Narrative, Best Student Short, Change Maker Award, Ultra Indie Award, Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography, Best Animated Short, Best Editing Award for Narrative & Doc Features, as well as Audience Award for Narrative & Doc Features. Recent AWARD SPONSORS have included Gigantic Pictures, Gray Schwartz LLP, World of HA, NYWIFT, Panavision NY, and others.

Not eligible for submission if your film screened at a US film festival a year before The Woodstock Film Festival.

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
  • Peter Ahern

    WFF fosters such a warm, welcoming and exciting experience, it's truly the best. We had an incredible time and were thrilled our film Buzzkill picked up the "Best Short Animation '22" award. We always look forward to opportunities that afford us a chance to attend or participate in the Woodstock Film Festival.

    As an animator, I’m continually impressed by this festivals animation programming which has become a diverse showcase for the most interesting indie artists, storytelling and techniques being used in our industry today. Truly top notch.

    December 2022
  • Sylvia Caminer

    WOODSTOCK ROCKS! I was blown away by this festival - the level of films, filmmakers, panels, roundtables etc was off the charts! We had one of our best sold-out screenings here! I LOVE this fest and hope to come back with every film! Thank you to Meira and the entire team for having such a well run, thoughtful and prestigious festival and taking such good care of filmmakers - kudos!

    November 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Sylvia. We loved having you and can't wait to have you back with your next film!

  • Susan O'Brien

    Woodstock Film Festival creates a community environment for its filmmakers that celebrates the art and artists and nourishes further education through panel and roundtable discussions, excellent film programming, and networking with fellow filmmakers from around the globe. Woodstock is a must-screen-at festival and one that I look forward to attending for years to come. Thanks for programming our film!!

    October 2022
  • Eric Stange

    We were honored to have our short "Pony Boys" in Woodstock this year. The festival was very welcoming and well organized, with lots of networking opportunities. The other films and events were first rate -- it was wonderful to be part of it all!

    October 2022
  • This was my favorite festival I’ve had the honor of being a part of. Loved everything about it! Very high end. They were also both accommodating and responsive to my needs. I hope I get to participate again in the future.

    October 2022