The Woodstock Film Festival has just been approved as 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 23rd Woodstock Film Festival will take place September 28-October 2, 2022 and is open for film submissions. Our final deadline is June 3.

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 Julie Taymor, Matthew Heineman, Roger Ross Williams, Barbara Kopple, Abigail Disney, Ang Lee, Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith, Debra Granik, Darren Aronofksy, Mira Nair, Matt Dillon, Mark Duplass, Jennifer Connelly, Natalie Portman, Rachel Brosnahan, Paul Rudd, Keanu Reeves, Woody Harrelson, Steve Buscemi, Melissa Leo, Ethan Hawke, Lucy Liu, Rose McGowan, Tim Robbins, Mark Ruffalo, Uma Thurman, and 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

“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.”

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, 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 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”.

Cash, prizes and/or services 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, World Cinema Award, Best Animated Short, Best Editing Award for Narrative & Doc Features, Audience Award for Narrative & Doc Features. Recent AWARD SPONSORS have included Gigantic Pictures, Films We Like, Markertek, Gray Schwartz, 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
  • Emily McCann Lesser

    From writer/director of The Black Disquisition, Quincy Ledbetter: For me, the makings of a good festival is thoughtfulness. For an audience it's about creating a space to see new and interesting films by great filmmakers. For the filmmakers it's about creating a space to screen their films (even if it's virtual) and giving them an opportunity to meet and support each other. The Woodstock Film Festival did this and more.

    Our time at this festival was one of the best experiences we've had during our entire run showing our film. The communication leading up to the festival was clear and it was easy to give the programmers what they needed from us. In person, the staff was very personable and you got a sense that they really cared about the work they were doing. My team and I felt their passion at every screening, panel, and event we attended.

    October 2021
  • Hallee Adelman

    Being at Woodstock Film Festival was amazing. The WFF staff and community are dedicated, warm, and inviting. Meira and her team (Sage, Marlee, Jesse, Max, Kayt, etc., etc.) care deeply about the selected films and are open to answering questions, considering requests, etc. We met amazing filmmaker teams at the filmmaker party, connected with caring audiences, and made connections that will last long after festival. Woodstock FF cares deeply about the artistic community (as shown by their many programs/fellowships) and the town itself has incredible restaurants (Silvia!), great venues (Cucina!), and caring theater managers (Rick Bearsville, Jason/Mike Orpheum, etc.). We feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to share our film at WFF!!! The entire Our American Family team highly recommends this festival!!

    October 2021
  • Dean Peterson

    This is my second time having a film at the Woodstock Film Festival and it always feels like coming home. Everything is fantastic: the staff, the volunteers, the audiences. And the town of Woodstock is incredible. You couldn't ask for more.

    October 2021
  • 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