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WFF Exposure Program gets a boost from the Academy

(Woodstock, NY) November 2, 2010 -
The Woodstock Film Festival is proud to announce that it is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to benefit the festival’s 2011 EXPOSURE Program.

By hosting EXPOSURE in a setting that has a longstanding tradition for social consciousness, the Woodstock Film Festival creates a natural progression by which programming can focus on matters that affect our lives and our world while seeking to heighten awareness and to stimulate dialogue and positive resolution. The AMPAS grant will help the Woodstock Film Festival bring regional, national and international filmmakers to the 2011 Festival in order to showcase and discuss their work.

"EXPOSURE features established and emerging filmmakers who are shedding light on national and global issues that impact our lives." said festival co-founder Laurent Rejto. "We are very grateful that the Academy has decided to support this important program and delighted that they have expressed continued support for our organization. Their endorsement is critical to regional festivals like the Woodstock FIlm Festival and we are sincerely honored.”

AMPAS festival grants aim to help film festivals “make festival events more accessible to the general public, provide greater access to minorities and less visible filmmakers and help strengthen the connection between the filmmaker and the public.” The Academy is the organization best known for staging the annual and highly prestigious Academy Awards. Festivals are eligible for grants from the Academy on a bi-annual basis. WFF last received a grant from AMPAS in 2009 and in 2007 in support of Panels and seminars.

EXPOSURE has two central purposes: inspire critical thinking and promote positive change. For over one hundred years, Woodstock has been a place of dreams and ideas for art, political philosophy and alternative lifestyles. The program strives to make a positive impact on the public by influencing debate and promoting positive social action.

Select films that were part of the 2010 EXPOSURE Programs included:

Camp Victory, Afghanistan—An important documentary about the war in Afghanistan.
First Circle—A documentary about children whose families can no longer provide proper support.
GerrymanderingJeff Reichert’s eye-opening political documentary.
InukThe story of a 16-year-old boy in Greenland who is placed in a home for troubled youth.
My So Called Enemy—A film about war in the Middle East as seen through the eyes of teenage girls
Windfall—A thought-provoking documentary about wind power.
Other recent films spotlighted through the EXPOSURE program include:
Gasland—Exposes the environmental dangers behind hydrofracking,
Garbage Dreams—Follows three teenage boys in Egypt who survive by recycling 80 percent of the garbage they collect.
REDLIGHTA powerful documentary about child sexploitation, an epidemic happening in every country around the world
About the Woodstock Film Festival:
The 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 promotes artists, culture, inspired learning and diversity. WFF premieres exceptional films; hosts emerging and established filmmakers; presents A-list concerts, parties and panels, and creates stimulating, innovative year-round programming 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.

Created in 2000, WFF is located in the Hudson Valley Catskills, surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, just two hours from NYC. The historic arts colony offers a relaxed, receptive atmosphere, which filmmakers consistently cite as perfect for the creative interaction necessary for a great film festival. WFF is a festival for and by filmmakers, and was born through a passion for cinema that could only be the brainchild of active filmmakers and dedicated supporters of 'fiercely independent' film.

Hailed by indieWIRE as "A true American Maverick Among Fests," and one of the TOP 50 film festival in the world, the Woodstock Film Festival has been praised by actor Ethan Hawke 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 & craft of filmmaking."

Contact Info:
P.O Box 1406, Woodstock, NY 12498 - (845) 679-4265
info@woodstockfilmfestival.com - www.woodstockfilmfestival.com

About the Academy:
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema.

Although best known for its annual Oscar telecast, the Academy is involved in a wide array of education, outreach, preservation and research activities. Visit Oscars.org for more information.