08 June 2011
In the Spotlight this week is the 12th Annual WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL (WFF), attracting film and music lovers from around the world for a week of outstanding films, concerts, workshops, celebrity-led panels, an award gala, and fantastic parties. An intimate gathering set amidst the stunning vistas of historic Woodstock, New York, emerging filmmakers will find ample opportunity to rub elbows with top industry players and make excellent connections throughout the event.
Hailed by indieWIRE as a "True American Maverick Among Fests" and one of the "Top 50 Film Festivals in the World," the WFF is a hotbed for the best independent films year after year. Program highlights from the 2010 season include Oscar-winning short film GOD OF LOVE, sold-out screenings of HENRY'S CRIME followed by Q&A's with co-stars Keanu Reeves and Vera Farmiga, Spirit Award-winner MARWENCOL, and festival circuit darling STRANGER THINGS which went on to win Slamdance's Grand Jury Sparky Award. The Festival presents an independent and artistic atmosphere that seamlessly combines cultural, educational, and artistic endeavors. Actor Ethan Hawke recently praised WFF as "among the finest of a dying breed: a festival that isn't trying to sell you anything, but simply and beautifully celebrating the art and craft of filmmaking."
The industry's top actors, filmmakers, and industry members serve on the Awards Jury and present over $50,000 USD worth of cash awards and in-kind prizes. The Maverick Awards are presented for Best Feature, Documentary, Short Documentary, Short Film, Student Film, Cinematography, Editing, and Animation (sponsored by Blue Sky Studios), along with Audience Awards. Esteemed members of the film world who have participated include Ang Lee, Adrian Grenier, Steve Buscemi, Kevin Smith, Ethan Hawke, Vera Farmiga, Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman, Woody Harrelson, Jonathan Demme, Richard Linklater, Edie Falco, Melissa Leo, and Tim Robbins as well as reps from IFC, Magnolia Pictures, Lionsgate, Fox Searchlight, Paramount, HBO, A&E, Focus Features, The Weinstein Company, Oscilloscope Laboratories, and more.
June 14, 2011 - Regular Deadline
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MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
The Woodstock Film Festival presents an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music, and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity while striving to create sustainable economic development by attracting, supporting, and promoting film, video, and media production.
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Participants and visitors find themselves in a casual environment that is conducive to creativity, networking, and an all-around good time, while surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. In addition to drawing sold-out audiences from the 20 million people who live within a two-hour drive, the Festival has attracted visitors from all parts of the country and the world.
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