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Stony Brook Film Festival Returns In Person, with an Online Encore

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Sbff horiz logoThe 26th annual Stony Brook Film Festival, presented by Island Federal, returns to live, in-person screenings at the Staller Center for the Arts from July 22-31, and will hold an encore presentation online a month later.

The festival will continue its partnership with IndieFlix Festivals and virtually offer this year’s slate of films, streaming on the IndieFlix Festivals app from August 5-30.

The Stony Brook Film Festival is popular with filmmakers and directors alike. Attendees return year after year to see new independent films that cannot be seen anywhere else, with new American premieres to the best foreign-language films from more than 15 countries.

Sbff 2021 squareThis year’s festival boasts 35 films — available to watch evenings and weekends from Thursday, July 22 to Saturday, July 31 — with the encore option to watch virtually in August. The film schedule will be announced on June 9.

Passes for the Stony Brook Film Festival are now on sale. The festival is offering a Gold Pass, Festival Pass or Virtual Pass option for patrons. Early Bird pass discounts are available, so purchase your pass before June 8 for a reduced rate.

All passholders will get to hear from filmmakers throughout the festival and have the opportunity to rate and vote on favorite films to help choose the winners. Gold Passholders receive a Stony Brook Film Festival swag bag and commemorative gift, discounts at hospitality sponsor restaurants and businesses, VIP reserved seating, access to the closing night awards ceremony, and full access to both the live festival and the virtual festival.

Festival Passholders will receive entry to all live films and guaranteed seating for sold out shows, access to the closing night awards ceremony, discounts at hospitality sponsor restaurants and businesses, and a Stony Brook Film Festival commemorative gift. Virtual Passholders are guaranteed access to all virtual films for the entire household and recorded filmmaker discussions. A Student Pass is available free to all SBU students and includes access to all virtual films.

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