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 2017 will be the 22nd 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 2016 we had over 15,000 attendees which included passholders and single ticket buyers.

Over the past 21 years the Stony Brook Film Festival has shown numerous New York, East Coast, US and World Premieres from over 65 different countries, and more than 220 of them have been directed by women.

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

Awards & Prizes

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

Rules & Terms

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

Films must not have been screened in U.S. prior to July 1, 2016 and must not have been completed prior to January 1, 2016.

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

2 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Asaf Yecheskel

    The director had a wonderful experience and kept praising the organization and hospitality.

    August 2016
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    John Putch

    Consistently the best run/hosted/attended festival I've ever been to. I've exhibited here 4 times over the last dozen years and I've never had less than 900 in attendance for my films. In fact, for all the films. Festival host and director Alan Inkles watches every submission and curates an incredibly thoughtful program for his audiences each year. He does not hand off hundreds of films to local community members to rate in order to whittle it down. He is the only programmer.

    The attention to the filmmaker is unparalleled. Each film receives its own reception before and after the screening. Only 2 films per night are screened. The shorts that preceded each feature ate no longer than 8 minutes. And they are as good as the films. Your film will be amongst some pretty amazing foreign language entries. The bar is high. I will always HOPE that SBFF takes my films because I'll never have such a great venue to exhibit. In the world of a thousand fests this one stands out as the premier in my book. I felt more appreciated here than at Sundance, which I had a film in years ago.

    August 2016