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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 2018 will be the 23rd 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 2017 we had over 14,000 attendees which included passholders and single ticket buyers.

Over the past 23 years the Stony Brook Film Festival has shown numerous New York, East Coast, US and World Premieres from over 74 different countries, and more than 230 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, Karoline Herfurth, 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.

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