11 films grab awards at 2023 Stony Brook Film Festival. Here’s the list


Hundreds of artists worked on creating 36 films from 25 countries that were screened during this summer’s Stony Brook Film Festival at the Staller Center for the Arts in Stony Brook.

And when the lights came on, 11 films had received awards.

Among those, “Yes Repeat No,” won the coveted Jury Award for Best Feature. Director Michael Moshe Dahan was in attendance for both the screening and to receive his award.

“Thank you to all of the people who believe in human rights and democracy all over the world … and to all the people who want to make difficult material all over the world because finding the questions to ask is sometimes harder than getting the answers,” Dahan said in his acceptance speech.

Also, two feature films won the audience’s hearts this year, resulting in two winners for the 2023 Audience Choice Award for Best Feature.

Those were “The Grandson,” a thriller, and “First Snow of Summer,” a romance.

Scroll down for the complete list of winners.

2023 Festival Winners

Yes Repeat No

2023 Jury Award for Best Feature

– The Grandson

2023 Audience Award for Best Feature

First Snow of Summer

2023 Audience Award for Best Feature

Where the Road Leads

2023 Spirit of Independent Filmmaking

Friends from Home

2023 Spirit of Independent Filmmaking

– Chipper

2023 Jury Award for Best Short

– Stuck

2023 Audience Award for Best Short

– Sea of Time

2023 Opening Night Feature

– Divertimento

2023 Closing Night Feature

– The Red Suitcase

2023 Opening Night Short

– The Basics of Love

2023 Closing Night Short

Top: Some of this year’s film festival winners, with award trophies. (courtesy photo)