The Woodstock Film Festival returns indoors.
The 22nd annual collection of films, documentaries and expert panels will be held from September 30 to October 30. 3 at several sites in the Hudson Valley.
Amid pandemic restrictions a year ago, the festival has shifted gears with in-person screenings held in drive-thru cinemas – allowing Poughkeepsie, for the first time, to host Overlook Drive-In – and broadcast films and panels online.
Although the drive-in aspect has been removed this year, some streaming options will still be in the mix, according to an announcement from festival organizers this week.
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The films will be screened in several theaters at the Bearsville Center in Woodstock and at the Orpheum Theater in Saugerties; Panels with actors and others will be at White Feather Farm in Saugerties; and the festival’s Maverick Awards ceremony will be held at the Ulster County Performing Arts Center in Kingston.
The festival’s Honorary Trailblazer Award will be presented to Tom Quinn, the expected recipient of the award in 2020. The award is annually “awarded to a leader in the film and media arts industry who has forged innovative paths in the company, establishing an independent vision, affecting social change and creating a strong and widespread appreciation for the quality of substantial filmmaking. “
The festival’s online offerings will include short films, feature films and live broadcast panels.
Ticket packages are available at woodstockfilmfestival.org. Online full festival passes are $ 150, in-person festival passes are $ 450, and a Deluxe Festival Pass, which includes admission to the Maverick Awards, is $ 750.
The annual film gathering has attracted big names including Alec Baldwin, Ang Lee and Peter Gabriel.
“2020 has been a difficult year that has pushed us to think outside the box and create innovative new programming while exploring new platforms to host our events,” said Meira Blaustein, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Woodstock Film Festival, in a statement. “I look forward to welcoming filmmakers and audiences once again to a full-fledged film festival that is stronger than ever.”