The Woodstock Film Festival has announced that pioneering film distributor Tom Quinn, CEO and Founder of NEON, will be the recipient of the 2020 Honorary Trailblazer. Quinn was chosen for his commitment towards taking bold, creative risks through acquiring and distributing films outside Hollywood’s traditional business model, like Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, which made history last month by winning four Academy Awards®, and becoming the first non-English-language film to capture best picture. 

The Woodstock Film Festival’s Honorary Trailblazer Award is given to a leader in the film and media arts industry who has carved innovative paths in the business, establishing independent vision, affecting social change, and creating strong and widespread appreciation of quality, substantive filmmaking.

“It’s a privilege to present our Honorary Trailblazer Award to Tom Quinn,” says Meira Blaustein, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Woodstock Film Festival. “His innovative approach to film and distribution, his unwavering championship of the best of cinema, and his clear leadership, as demonstrated consistently throughout his remarkable career, is truly inspiring, making him the epitome of a Trailblazer.”

Quinn is credited with having created a new distribution paradigm for such groundbreaking films as Snowpiercer, It Follows and Bachelorette, while simultaneously championing a traditional distribution model for the 2013 American documentary film 20 Feet From Stardom and the 2014 documentary film Citizenfour, each having won an Oscar in their respective years of release. Quinn launched Neon in April 2017 with Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League and quickly built it into one of the industry’s top indie distributors with an edgy mix of quirky dramas, documentaries and genre films. He was also responsible for securing the hit 2004 fast food documentary Super Size Me for Magnolia Pictures.

The Woodstock Film Festival was launched in 2000 by filmmakers Meira Blaustein and Laurent Rejto, and has established itself as one of the best independent film events in the country by premiering exceptional films by established and emerging filmmakers. The fest also presents A-list concerts, parties, panels, and creates innovative and stimulating programming including Spotlight on Women in Film and Media, Focus on Music, Exposure, LGBTQ Focus and the Youth Initiative.

The Honorary Trailblazer Award will be presented to Quinn on Saturday October 3rd at the Festival’s Maverick Awards Ceremony.