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Ilene Marder, Press Director, press@woodstockfilmfestival.com, (845) 399-9034
Tina Gibbens-Tenneriello, Deputy Press Director, press@woodstockfilmfestival.com, (845) 679-4265


(Woodstock, NY) - July 28, 2011: The Woodstock Film Festival is proud to announce that it is the recipient of an award from the Ulster County Cultural Services & Promotion Fund (UCCSPF) to benefit the festival's 2011 Playhouse Initiative.

The WFF Playhouse Initiative will allow the Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) to screen films in a large and newly renovated facility in the heart of Woodstock. The UCCSPF award will allow WFF to use the Woodstock Playhouse as a new venue for film screenings during the 12th annual fiercely independent Woodstock Film Festival kicking off Wed. Sept. 21 through Sun. Sept. 25 2011.

"We are so excited to bring the WFF Playhouse Initiative to life! With this new 315-seat venue, WFF hopes to attract many new attendees to the festival and to the region," said Woodstock Film Festival Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein. "We are very grateful that the Ulster County Cultural Services & Promotion Fund decided to support this important program which promotes tourism in our area. Their endorsement is critical to regional festivals like the Woodstock Film Festival and we are sincerely honored."

The new and exciting collaboration between WFF and the Woodstock Playhouse will attract new audience members from around Ulster County, the Hudson Valley region and beyond, directly impacting the county’s economy.

In addition to the fall fest, the Playhouse will also offer options for WFF's year-round programming. WFF may book special presentations of films with their directors and actors attracting more tourism to the area not just in the fall but throughout the year. With WFF paving the way as one of the first organizations to use the Playhouse, others may follow, also renting the Playhouse to promote tourism to the county. This rejuvenated venue is going to provide Hudson Valley residents with an unprecedented auditorium experience and will offer many new opportunities for both the Woodstock Playhouse and WFF.

This project is made possible in part through support from the County of Ulster's Ulster County Cultural Services & Promotional Fund administered by Dutchess County Arts Council.

The Ulster Country Cultural Services & Promotion Fund (UCCSPF) is a funding resource dedicated to maintaining the artistic and cultural assets of Ulster County as well as the promotion of the County through arts and cultural activities which add to the economy and quality of life. Financial resources for this program have been made available by the Ulster County Legislature. Established nonprofits working in all arts disciplines are eligible and encouraged to apply for funding.

About the Dutchess County Arts Council

The Dutchess County Arts Council, founded in 1964, is a non-profit arts service organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting artists and arts organizations in the Mid-Hudson Valley region. The mission of the Dutchess County Arts Council is to provide the leadership, funding, encouragement, and services necessary for the highest quality of art to thrive in our county and region, and for citizens to value the arts as an important part of daily life, economy, and social fabric of our communities. Programs and activities include: grants to established organizations, community based projects and Arts in Education programs; folk arts research and presentation; technical assistance, professional development, and cultural community networking opportunities; awareness and advocacy; and community-wide fundraising efforts including the Dutchess County Art Fund. Programs are funded by the County of Dutchess, the New York State Council on the Arts, and private donors.


About the Woodstock Film Festival:
Hailed by Indiewire as "A true American Maverick Among Fests" and 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", the Woodstock Film Festival premiers exceptional films, hosts the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presents A-list concerts, panels and parties, and creates stimulating, innovative programming year-round.

The Woodstock Film Festival is a non-profit, 501 (C)(3) with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning and diversity.

The Woodstock Film Festival celebrates its 12th Annual Festival September 21- 25, 2011, with an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Kingston and Rosendale.

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