Stony Brook Film Festival
Stony Brook, New York / July 18-27, 2019 / stonybrookfilmfestival.com
Stony Brook is not the biggest festival, but it generates star power by treating each film with equal respect and care. Last year, they received over 1,200 submissions through FilmFreeway, and they only accepted 24 of those. But for every one of the accepted moviemakers, the festival is able to provide travel and lodging expenses, expense reimbursements, and two meals a day. Films are shown one at a time on their 40-foot main screen, and shorts are paired with features to guarantee strong attendance. Every film screened gets its own Q&A, giving moviemakers a chance to hear from their audience in a way they might not at other festivals.