The Staller Center for the Arts has postponed its 2020 Stony Brook Film Festival that was originally scheduled for July 16-25.

The center is looking to the fall for a new date, though that would depend on the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s mandated containment measures.

The Staller Center, located at Stony Brook University, has hosted Long Island’s largest and most esteemed festival for the past 25 years.

The festival hosts nearly 10,000 people over ten days every July, and offers short and feature independent films from all over the world.

The festival, presented by Island Federal, starts accepting submissions as early as December and the deadline closes in mid-May.

This year, the Festival received over 2,500 submissions.

Those who submitted have been contacted, and they are aware that the festival is postponed, Staller center officials said.

In response to CoVid-19, the Staller Center is sharing a selection of short films from previous film festivals for people to watch at home. The films are released weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays and will continue through the end of June. To view the short films, visit stonybrookfilmfestival.com/shorts

“We are excited to see all of our patrons soon, but until then, be safe and stay healthy,” says Alan Inkles, Staller Center and Stony Brook Film Festival director.