Stony Brook Film Festival has 36 films on tap from 19 countries, July 18-27


Long Island’s most heralded film festival is entering its 29th year at Staller Center for the Arts at the Stony Brook University campus.

And this year, 36 features and short films are on tap from 19 countries. The 2024 installment of the Stony Brook Film Festival will run from Thursday, July 18, through Saturday, July 27. Click here for the full schedule.

There’s also a big surprise in store.

“This year’s festival has a secret film—one that you will only know about if you come in person on July 21,” a press announcement reads. “The film — a major motion picture starring well-known Hollywood faces — was produced by a native Long Island filmmaker whose films have previously played the festival. It tells an inspirational true story with an amazing local hook.

As with almost all the other festival films, a question-and-answer session between the filmmakers and the audience will follow the preview.

This year’s festival kicks off with the U.S. Premiere of The Blond Boy from the CasbahAlexandre Arcady’s semi-autobiographical dramedy about growing up in Algeria before emigrating to France as a teen. Scroll down to watch the trailer.

The Stony Brook Film Festival has been rated one of the most hospitable Festivals by filmmakers from around the globe, year-after-year, organizers say.

Get your passes now

Pass options include a VIP Gold Pass and a Regular Pass, each granting access to all 10 days of the festival, and the New Flex Pass, which grants entry to five nights’ worth of films, excluding the closing night and other special accesses. Click here for more detailed information on the passes. Tickets to individual films go on sale July 5.

VIP parties on the opening and closing nights can be accessed by filmmakers, VIPs and gold pass-holders only. Click here to learn more about each film.

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