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Woodstock Film Festival

In its one decade, the Woodstock Film Festival has established itself on the US fest circuit as an impressive regional event that has attracted important independent industry execs and stars alike. It looks as though that will continue with the festival's annual Trailblazing Award (which fetes an industry veteran) and its Honorary Maverick Award (which celebrates a director or actor) likely guaranteeing a steady presence of some of the film world's movers and shakers. For the past several years in fact, some New York-based distribution execs have taken part in Woodstock's programming, so higher profile titles have been given slots in the annual line up of almost 100 films, along with a number of first time and second time directors. Located in Woodstock, NY in the beautiful Catskill Mountains, the festival boasts a very engaging and intelligent audience that doesn't shy away from controversy or the political. Though it’s not the actual site of the famous concert that put its name on the pop culture map, the town itself still feels bohemian and even sports its resident hippies - even if they're "rich hippies." Filmmakers have often told us they were thrilled with the audiences and the lively Q&As, though as with other festivals, transportation can be a challenge if you don't have a car at your disposal, and while the town of Woodstock is itself walkable and lovely, WFF also hosts screenings in towns that can be a bit of a jaunt even with a car. Still, somehow things tend to work out, and people eventually get where they're going. If the fest's typically strong line up and fun parties don't pacify you, the local herbs and stunning scenery should alleviate any lingering anxiety.

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