"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 has established itself as one of the best independent film events in the country by premiering exceptional films by established and emerging filmmakers. The fest also presents A-list concerts, parties, panels, and creates innovative and stimulating programming including Focus on Music, Exposure 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 is 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." -Paul Rudd

Esteemed members of the film world who have participated include Karen Allen, Darren Aronofsky, Kevin Bacon, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Barkin, Signe Baumane, David Bromberg, Eamonn Bowles, Bob Berney, Bruce Beresford, Joe Berlinger, Elmer Bernstein, 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, Jonathan Gray, Adran Grenier, Bruce Greenwood, Arlo Guthrie, Marcia Gay Harden, Catherine Hardwicke, Woody Harrelson, Ethan Hawke, Todd Haynes, Gill Holland, Ted Hope, Timothy Hutton, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Jim Jarmusch, Tony Kaye, Sally Kirkland, Jason Kliot, Barbara Kopple, Ray Kurzweil, Tony Kushner, Ang Lee, Melissa Leo, David Linde, Richard Linklater, Laura Linney, Jeff Lipsky, Lucy Liu, 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, 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, Morgan Spurlock, Fisher Stevens, David Strathairn, Lemore Syvan, Amber Tamblyn, Lili Taylor, Uma Thurman, Stanley Tucci, Christine Vachon, Robert Vaughn, Paul Wesley, Haskell Wexler, Jedd Wider, Todd Wider and many more.

Awards & Prizes

Cash, prizes and/or services are given out for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Shorts (Narrative, Student, Animation and Documentary), Best Cinematography (the Haskell Wexler Award), and Best Female Director (Tangerine). Best Editing and Audience Awards are also presented for Narrative and Documentary features. 2014 inaugurated the Ultra Indie Award, recognizing the best ultra low budget film. Recent AWARD SPONSORS have included Gigantic Pictures, Films We Like, Markertek, Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers, Tangerine Entertainment, Panavision NY, Technicolor Postworks NY, Black Magic Design and others.

Rules & Terms

All rights must be cleared.

Previous screening information must be filled in, in order to be considered.

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 prefer to receive a VIMEO or other online link to your film INSTEAD OF A DVD.

If you are sending a DVD instead of digital content, DVD's MUST be clearly labeled with film title, please do not include paper labels on DVDs.

You may submit a Bluray, but please also include a regular DVD.

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.

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    Jonny Paterson

    Woodstock has so far been the highlight of our festival run with 'Halfway'. Writer/director Ben Caird was in town for the event and we were privileged to be awarded the Ultra Indie Award in 2016 against some incredibly tough competition. Across the board, Woodstock is an outstanding event that welcomes the very top people in our industry each year (Mr. Innaritu himself was in attendance this year!). Thank you to Meira and the whole Woodstock team for an incredible experience. Team Halfway x

    November 2016