This May, the Stony Brook Film Festival will offer a series of award-winning short films from past festivals. The shorts will be available for free online and will be released on Tuesdays and Fridays every week through June. The first film will be released on May 5 at 12 pm. To gain access to the films, visitors can subscribe online.
For 25 years, Staller Center for the Arts has hosted the Stony Brook Film Festival, a ten-day event that includes short and feature independent films from around the world. The Festival hosts nearly 10,000 people every July, with many filmmakers, directors and actors onsite to participate in live Q&A sessions following their premieres.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Staller Center is sharing a selection of short films from previous festivals to watch at home.
“We receive numerous requests every week from our patrons and followers asking for more content to be available at home during this crisis,” said Staller Center and Stony Brook Film Festival Director Alan Inkles. “These shorts are a great way to give them a taste of what the Stony Brook Film Festival is, and it shows what kind of films we premiere.”
“Stony Brook Film Festival Presents” includes introductions from Festival Co-Programmer Kent Marks, and Q&A footage from previous festivals will also be available online.
For now, the Staller Center team continues to work safely from home, planning for the next Stony Brook Film Festival and the 2020-2021 season. “We are excited to see all of our patrons soon, but until then, be safe and stay healthy, and we hope you enjoy this selection of shorts from the Stony Brook Film Festival,” said Inkles.
The Stony Brook Film Festival hopes to celebrate its 25th Anniversary this July, but until then, patrons and fans can visit stonybrookfilmfestival.com to watch award-winning short films.