The Stony Brook Film Festival, now in its 17th year, has officially opened the door for entries. Set to kick off on July 19, the ten-day festival is seeking independent feature-length and short films.
The festival carries no entry fee for filmmakers, as the costs are offset by sponsors, and has a deadline of May 1. Interested filmmakers can visit the festival's website for an entry form and more information.
Last year's lineup of films included the comedy Losing Control, which is set for a New York City opening in March and a wider release in April; the film All That Remains, directed by local filmmaker ; and the short film Time Freak, which was nominated for an Academy Award.
"The festival has received outstanding films year after year, and our last festival was no exception," said Alan Inkles, director of the Stony Brook Film Festival. "Audiences were impressed with the originality of the American screenings and the slate of foreign films."
Filmmakers have praised the festival, too.
"By having such a select program, Stony Brook offers unparalleled attention to each and every film, making each filmmaker feel like he or she was given the proper spotlight to showcase their work," said Danny Buday, director of the film Five Star Day, which screened in 2010.