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 2022 will be the 27th 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 26 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 250 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, Mary Stuart Masterson, Tim Blake Nelson, Joe Pantoliano, Christopher Plummer, Lewis Pullman, 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 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, 2021 and must not have been completed prior to December 1, 2020.

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
  • This year the Stony Brook Film Festival screened my documentary film, The Jackie Stiles Story. This was my fourth film to screen at Stony Brook over the years. I am constantly telling fellow filmmakers to do themselves a favor and submit to this wonderful festival. This was the first film festival that female basketball legend Jackie Stiles ever attended. Jackie was absolutely blown away by the hospitality and everyone who attended the festival.

    The films were amazing the we loved attending the parties. It all starts at the top with the leadership of Alan Inkles. I don't know where he gets his energy. Alan's entire team were amazing. Two thumbs WAY up!

    August 2022
  • Cengiz Akaygün

    It was a pleasure to be part of this excellently organized festival. Super friendly and courteous communication. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend in person, but the program was very well set up.

    August 2022
  • Of all the great film festivals we were blessed to be a part of with our film Red River Road, Stony Brook holds my top spot. Across the board, this festival gets everything right. From the first communication to the closing night ceremony and beyond, you are treated like family. Alan, Kent, Patrick, Daria, Samantha, Paul, and the rest of the staff at Staller Center are just flat out great people who truly care about storytelling, and curate the festival with exacting detail and taste. They also have an invaluable empathy towards filmmakers and the insane effort they go through to beat the odds and get a film to screen. And oh what a screen! The Staller Center is THE place you want to show your film, trust me. 1000 seat theater? With the largest screen on the east coast second only to Radio City Music Hall? And a sound system that makes the seats rumble (and a tech crew that's not afraid to go there)? Yes, please. All day. This festival is like a Tesla in Ludicrous+ mode. I'm making my next movie only so I have an excuse to go back here.

    August 2021
    Response from festival:

    Absolutely speechless Paul --- you and your lovely wife/actress Jade were a pleasure to host and your film was an honor for us to screen and award! Continued success my friend, Alan Inkles, Founder/ Director, Stony Brook Film Festival

  • Scott Monahan

    I could not be happier for my debut feature Anchorage to have its World Premiere at the Stony Brook Film Festival! This film festival should be on every filmmaker's list. The festival director Alan Inkles has been running the Staller Arts Center for decades and championing this film festival for 26 years as festival director. The team he has put together from the festival staff, to volunteers, to drivers, to the Staller Arts Center staff, not only treat you with the kindness most people reserve for their family they are also lovers of movies themselves. The screen is massive. The sound is incredible. They give you time to test it out and tweak to your liking before your screening. The audience is engaged and passionate about each film. I never knew I was looking for a home when I submitted to Stony Brook, but boy did I find one.

    August 2021
  • Fantastic staff, stellar venue, and large/enthusiastic crowds = a wonderful festival experience. Filmmakers, don't miss submitting to this one, they really do it right.

    August 2021