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Woodstock Film Festival Stays True To Its Roots

Now in its 13th year, Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) has become the foremost regional scene for independent films. Indiewire named WFF one of the top 50 festivals in the world. Here's how to see it.
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Now in its 13th year, Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) has become the foremost regional scene for independent films. Indiewire named WFF one of the top 50 festivals in the world.

Plan to attend many of the nearly 130 fiercely independent film screenings, discussion panels, music concerts and special events in Woodstock, New York and neighboring Hudson Valley Catskill towns on October 10-14, 2012.

Buy a Full Festival Pass for priority screening and event access. Stay in the middle of the action at local bed and breakfasts or enjoy short but scenic drives to and from nearby inns accented by colorful and vibrant New England fall foliage.

Walk to festival events from Twin Gables of Woodstock. It is the oldest bed and breakfast in town and has easy access to restaurants and shops. This historic New York inn provides a complimentary continental breakfast, eco-green bathroom products, and free parking. Escape to a guest room without a television or keep connected with the rest of the world accessing free Wi-Fi.

Enchanted Manor of Woodstock is close to the festival yet far enough away for some quiet time. This New York health and wellness bed and breakfast spans eight acres of land. Start the morning with a healthy breakfast and a massage. After a full day at the festival, discuss favorite films while soaking in the outdoor hot tub.

Director Jonathan Demme will receive the Honorary Maverick Award at a gala on October 13, at Backstage Studio Productions. This Kingston, New York festival venue is only three miles from Bel's Inn. Relax on the quiet wrap-around porch of this Victorian home. Walk to shops and galleries in town. Explore the Hudson River on a tour boat or take a trip to see the visiting vessels at the Maritime Museum.

Eco-friendly Thyme in the Country is located on a five-acre working farm in Hudson, New York. Breakfast eggs may be only minutes old and the herbs freshly picked. Bedding is made with natural fibers, and organic toiletries are provided. If you need a break from the festival atmosphere, request a homemade dinner to be ready when you return for the evening.

Albergo Allegria is a wilderness retreat in Windham, New York. Walk along nature trails and go creek hopping. Birds, beavers, and woodchucks are abundant at nearby Bataviakill Creek. Enjoy breakfast in the sun-filled dining room; the innkeepers are happy to accommodate dietary restrictions. Be sure to check their Facebook page for festival promotions.

Enjoy views of the Hudson River from Stockbridge Ramsdell House in Newburgh, New York. Walk to the marina and riverfront for restaurants, shops, and an independent movie theater. The restored inn has original tapestries and modern amenities. Request a room with a fireplace for chilly fall evenings. Spend time in West Point on the way to Woodstock.

The onsite restaurant is sure to please guests of Four Corners Country Inn. This quiet Mount Tremper, New York, inn is set in the tranquil Catskill Mountains. Spend the morning drinking coffee on the wrap-around porch and the evening sipping specialty cocktails in the bar. Share film festival experiences with online friends using Wi-Fi while relaxing on an antique bed in one of the guest rooms.

Fresh mountain air surrounds Phoenicia Belle in Phoenicia, New York. The Main Street location is minutes from shops, restaurants, and the NYC Trailways Bus. Guest rooms range from the two-room Ardrey's Suite to the bird-themed Sparrow's Rooms. Enjoy breakfast in the airy lounge or on the front porch.

WFF is a non-profit organization that is proud to present this year's official line-up of numerous premiere films from all over the globe. The convenient location of the historic arts colony of Woodstock is only two hours from New York City.

--Shirley Anitra Swagerty