The Stony Brook Film Festival is produced by the Staller Center for the Arts on the campus of Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY. The festival in 2019 will be the 24th year of this very competitive and highly selective ten-day festival. All films are shown on our 40 foot screen in the Staller Center’s Main Stage Theater which seats over a 1000. Filmmakers who attend may be provided with travel assistance, lodging, and access to all our parties and events.

The festival works very hard to make sure that all films selected get seen by as many people as possible, including film industry insiders, distributors and other festival programmers. We also work very hard to insure that each screening has as close to a sold out house as possible. In 2018 we had over 14,000 attendees which included passholders and single ticket buyers.

Over the past 24 years the Stony Brook Film Festival has shown numerous New York, East Coast, US and World Premieres from over 76 different countries, and more than 245 of them have been directed by women.

Attendeees have included Alan Alda, Thora Birch, Celine Bonnier, Steve Buscemi, Brian Cox, Dana Delany, Stephen Dorff, Matthew Glave, Karoline Herfurth, Sylvia Hoeks, Brent Huff, Nathan Lane, Ralph Macchio, Jena Malone, Mary Stuart Masterson, Tim Blake Nelson, Joe Pantoliano, Christopher Plummer, John Putch, Missi Pyle, Eran Riklis, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Campbell Scott, Leelee Sobieski, Meg Steedle, David Strathairn, Tilda Swinton, Martin Talbot, Christine Vachon, Valerie Weiss and many others.

Travel assistance, lodging, awards, prizes and gifts are provided at upwards of $50,000 in value. Every festival features Jury and Audience Choice Awards, as well as other awards recognizing special achievements given at the discretion of the Jury.

Audience Choice Best Feature

Audience Choice for Best Short

Jury Award for Best Feature

Jury Award for Best Short

We accept features and shorts in narrative, documentary and animated categories.

Films must not have been screened in U.S. prior to July 1, 2018 and must not have been completed prior to January 1, 2018.

We accept the following screening formats: DCP, MPEG 2, Pro Res 422, Blu-Ray or contact us.

Competition is open to U.S. and International entries.

No more than a total of 2 (two) submissions are permitted per director, and no more than a total of 5 (five) submissions are permitted per distributor or producer, regardless of film categories. If you are a distributor and would like to submit more than five films please email us your request and we will get back to you.

Feature films are 30 minutes in length or longer. Short films are under 30 minutes in length.

Films not in English must be subtitled in English.

Films that have shown theatrically or broadcast on television in New York prior to the Festival or are available on DVD or VOD are not generally eligible for consideration.

Overall Rating
  • Presenting a first feature here, we were honored to show among such high-calibre films with vast international scope/participation by filmmakers and amazed by the BIG and engaged audiences. Networking with other filmmakers and actors was thoughtfully facilitated by the energetic and hospitable festival staff directed by Alan Inkles. A GEM of filmmakers' festival.

    September 2018
    Response from festival:

    Maria -- was a pleasure having you, Samantha and The Thrasher Road team out for the premiere. Really intelligent and extremely well made Indie "road" movie. We loved screening it and honoring it! Come back again! All the very best, Alan

  • Skye Borgman

    Great festival. Great audiences and a really wonderful environment!

    September 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Skye. Powerful film - thrilled to have screened it! Continued success!

  • josh victor rothstein

    Very impressive venue. Huge turn out and the people who run the festival are incredibly engaged! Wonderful and rare experience! These guys are super pros!

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Josh -- Thanks for your film EVERY OTHER WEEKEND. Looking forward to your next project. All the very best!

  • This festival is a very special place. It has a unique screening structure that puts ultimate focus on every film, both shorts and features, and they are incredibly passionate about supporting filmmakers. All I can say is, if you're fortunate enough to get in...go.

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Zach --- was an absolute pleasure having you out and sharing your film with our audience! Continued success!

  • Stony Brook was a wonderful festival. By far the most hospitable of any festival organizations I've seen. The people responsible for the festival had a genuine love for film and filmmakers. Every screening was preceded by a filmmakers dinner where we got to meet other filmmakers and the programmers for the festival. Alan and his team truly care about packing the theater. Almost every screening was at capacity. All filmmakers were introduced by name before their films, and were treated to one of the most engaged audiences I've had the pleasure of screening to. Highly recommend submitting to and attending this festival.

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Daniel --- thanks for your very kind words. My team and I were delighted to meet you and screen your film. We aim to please and sounds like we were successful! Come back again!