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Information for Filmmakers

The Stony Brook Film Festival  presented by Island Federal Credit Union showcases the best in independent film premieres over ten stimulating days.  

The Stony Brook Film Festival hosts filmmakers to represent their films and participate in question and answer sessions after screenings. Directors, actors, producers and crew from all over the world have attended and engage our audience in robust Q&As following their film screenings.  

The Stony Brook Film Festival will be in its 27th year in 2022. Annually, we host nearly 14,000 attendees. Typically, each Festival feature is paired with a short film. Two features and two shorts are screened each evening, with additional screenings on the weekend.

All films are shown in Staller Center’s Main Stage Theatre, which has over 1000 seats. The theater has stadium seating, wide aisles, and excellent site lines. Parties (both public and private) are held throughout the Festival both on campus and off.  Stony Brook University, part of New York State’s public university system, is located on the north shore of Long Island.  Stony Brook is about 50 miles from New York City and a train station adjoins the campus. Long Island Sound’s public beaches are a mile away from campus.

Films can be submitted online via Film Freeway (see Entry Fee section to the left).  Our call for entries begins on December 1 and runs through May 1.  

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