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Woodstock Film Festival Call for Entries

Monday, May 14, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Meyer
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Woodstock, New York - USA
October 10 to 14, 2018

Upcoming Deadline
May 17, 2018
Regular Deadline
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In the Spotlight is the 19th AnnualWoodstock Film Festival(WFF), unveiling a captivating showcase of films and events in the five Hudson Valley Towns of Woodstock, Kingston, Saugerties, Rosendale and Rhinebeck, in New York.The Hollywoord Reporterdescribes it as "A smart, distinctive patchwork of narratives, documentaries, shorts, animations, panels, parties and music.”, and Paul Rudd shares, "It's what a film festival should be, which is really independent films, showcasing the work of filmmakers you might not know about..."

The Woodstock Film Festival is a haven for networking with high-caliber industry members, musicians, and artists. In addition to screenings, panels, talks and workshops, Festival Filmmakers can hang out at the hospitality lounge for breakfast and lunch and enjoy casual conversations with industry reps, press, and other emerging and established filmmakers. Refreshingly far from the hustle and bustle of the Hollywood scene, the Woodstock Film Festival regularly draws celebrity guests and seamlessly integrates them with film fans. In previous years, the festival has hosted Keanu Reeves, Daniel Day Lewis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Buscemi, Jonathan Demme, Ang Lee, Melissa Leo, Ethan Hawke, Mark Duplass, Richard Linklater, Lucy Liu, Rose McGowan, Tim Robbins, Mark Ruffalo, Uma Thurman, and countless more. Emerging filmmakers who have been recognized at the Woodstock Film Festival include Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Cary Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation,True Detective) and Shawn Christensen (Before I Disappear).

Across a range of juried competitive categories, the WFF offers prizes including the Gigantic Pictures Feature Narrative Award ($5,000), Best Short Narrative ($2,000), Best Student Short Award ($1,000), the Films We Like Best Documentary Award ($1,000), and the Haskell Wexler Award (sponsored by Panavision). Jury members comprised of distributors, producers, actors and directors present the awards in person at the Maverick Awards Gala.
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Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music, and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity.

First and second time directors make up a large portion of the festival’s competition selection in both narrative and documentary categories, often walking away with awards and promising new connections that propel their careers forward. Additionally, college student filmmakers are encouraged to submit to the festival. Students can expect to participate in a high quality film festival where they will be treated just like all other attending filmmakers. Separately, as part of the Youth Initiative, WFF encourages high school students from all over the world to submit their short films. Selected teen films, as well as the Career Day, which brings together high school students with industry professionals, makes up some of the festival's Youth Initiative.

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