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 2023 will be the 28th 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. Our festival averages over 14,000 attendees, which includes passholders and single ticket buyers.

Over the past 27 years the Stony Brook Film Festival has shown numerous New York, East Coast, US and World Premieres from over 78 different countries, and more than 270 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, Rachel Keller, Nathan Lane, Ralph Macchio, Jena Malone, Meaghan Martin, Mary Stuart Masterson, Tim Blake Nelson, Joe Pantoliano, Christopher Plummer, Lewis Pullman, John Putch, Missi Pyle, Daniel Rashid, 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 includes 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 March 1, 2022 and must not have been completed prior to December 1, 2021.

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
  • Austin & Westin Ray

    3 words come to mind: Quality, Personable, and Hospitality. Stony Brook was an exquisite film festival that goes the extra mile to make your screening and filmmaker experience memorable. Kent, Alan, Paul, Sam, Frank, Daria, Katie, Josh and the rest of the staff are incredible. The airport pickups, the epic 40 foot screen, and the cute coastal town of Port Jefferson give it a relaxing holiday vibe. We even sailed a schooner in the bay during our time off. It's not industry-attended, but you'll meet amazing fellow filmmakers and the screenings are well-attended by (hundreds!) of locals and film lovers. If your film is lucky enough to be accepted, you should definitely attend.

    November 2022
  • A top class festival. The team that run this festival are amazing. The films are great, the people are wonderful, communication, hospitality and overall just a beautiful curated festival. Thank you for having our film, Jungle. I would highly recommend attending.

    October 2022
  • Dan Bronzite

    I had a wonderful time at Stony Brook and was honored to have won "Best Short" for my drama fantasy ALL THAT GLITTERS.

    The communication was superb, as was the hospitality and curation of films. I met some wonderful people and was impressed by the slick organization. They even scheduled a time for filmmakers to QC their film before the screening which is something many festivals do not do... even if requested.

    The size of their screen and auditorium at the Staller Center and quality of the sound and projection was stunning.

    Kudos to Alan, Kent, Paul and the entire team on delivering a great festival and allowing me to share in the experience.

    September 2022
  • Heather Kessinger

    Thank you Stony Brook Film Festival for an excellent screening of our documentary feature NASIMA! The sound and visual quality was the best - and the audience, what a great audience. And personally we appreciate the diligent and thoughtful communication all along. Even when things seemed like they could get sticky, your professionalism and commitment to your festival and our film was exceptional. I only gave the networking 4 stars as I couldn't keep up! Wishing you all the best.

    September 2022
  • Tess Harrison

    Thank you Stony Brook!

    What an incredible experience. The hospitality, communication and caliber of programming is incredible. We were all treated like stars. Alan and Kent have created a community of festival attendees who are cinema lovers. They ask insightful questions and champion independent film.

    Thank you thank you for having us, could not recommend the festival more!

    August 2022