The Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music, and art-related activities that promotes artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity. WFF’s sister organization, The Hudson Valley Film Commission, promotes sustainable economic development by attracting and supporting film, video and media production throughout the region.
With offices located in Woodstock, NY, the festival was spun out as a stand-alone festival in 2000. The 1999 version of the festival was held in a converted B-52 hanger, and Clerks, Easy Rider, Pulp Fiction, and of course the original Woodstock film documentary. The inaugural stand-alone festival ran from September 21-24, 2000. It included workshops, documentaries, concerts and films from all over the world. Speakers at the festival's workshops included author Warren Adler, Aidan Quinn, and Ron Nyswaner, who wrote the screenplay for Philadelphia. James Earl Jones emceed the Maverick Awards, given out for various categories of film excellence.
The second annual event was held despite falling only nine days after the terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001, despite some initial concerns. The festival's co-founder, Meira Blaustein said of the decision not to postpone the festival, "This is such an incredible event, so many dreams are realized here -- it must continue," and noted that the event was dedicated to "the men, women and children who lost their lives in the September 11 tragedies.