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50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2019

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Stony Brook Film Festival

Stony Brook, New York / July 18-27, 2019 / 

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.

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Thora Birch and Brian Cox join audiences for the U.S. premiere of The Etruscan Smile at Stony Brook Film Festival 2018. Photograph by Nick Koridis, courtesy of Stony Brook Film Festival

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  1. Tommy

    April 25, 2019 at 11:13 am

    No film festivals of diversity, not event the American Black Film Festival? Disappointing!

  2. Lucifer

    April 24, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    SDUFF is the best!!!

  3. Ryan Betschart

    April 24, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    San Diego Underground Film Festival!!!!! YAY!!!

    • Ron Tucker

      April 24, 2019 at 2:33 pm

      I can assure you that the Beaufort International Film Festival held each February in Beaufort, SC is well worth the entry fee. See the recap here -

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