Beloved Hollywood talents-including Ellen Barkin, Richard Linklater, Woody Harrelson, Bruce Beresford, Jonathan Demme, and Kevin Smith-have taken home some of WFF's prestigious awards. The roster of festival panelists has been no less impressive and has included Emmy winner Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Academy Award nominees Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right) and Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), as well as indie staples such as John Sloss and Christine Vachon, and even acclaimed futurist Ray Kurzweil. Great conversation and invigorating celebration are the cornerstones of the WFF experience, year after year.
Over the past three years, WFF has selected three Oscar nominees for best live action short. Two -- Curfew by Hudson Valley native Shawn Christensen and God of Love by Luke Matheny -- won at WFF, before collecting their Oscar. In 2012, two WFF short docs were also nominated for Oscars. Full length feature narratives and docs at WFF are no strangers to the Academy Awards either. From The Sessions to Up in the Air and from Chasing Ice to The Betrayal (Nerakhoon), WFF's films and filmmakers go on to walk the red carpet at the Dolby Theater vying for top awards.