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Postponed until Fall 2020: SUNYWide Film Festival

Hosted by the School of Film and Media Studies

Please note: the SUNYWide Film Festival has been postponed until fall 2020.

All SWFF submissions continue to be reviewed and Official Selections will be made. Screenplay and film finalists will be announced by the end of March. For the most up-to-date information, visit the SWFF website.

The SUNYWide Film Festival (SWFF) brings entertaining, thought-provoking and challenging film and video work to the Purchase campus April 17-19. Now in its 10th year, SWFF is one of the top student film festivals in the Northeast. The festival is free and open to the public.

Historically, SWFF has provided a platform to highlight the work that best exemplifies the dedication and skill found across the SUNY system, where students and faculty explore personal visions through time-based image making.

This year, over 200 filmmakers and screenwriters have submitted their work for consideration. Finalists will be selected for prizes in these categories: Narrative, Experimental, Documentary, Animation, Best of Fest, and Best Screenplay.


April 17

On opening night, our honored guest Charles Randolph, comes to campus to deliver the keynote address. We are very excited that he will be a part of this festival. Mr. Randolph, Bombshell writer and producer also known for The Big Short, recently received the Writers Guild of America West’s 2020 Paul Selvin Award for his work.

April 18

Screenings of finalists’ films and live readings of the top screenplays takes place in the Humanities Theater and the screening room in the Center for Media, Film, and Theatre when our jury will make their final decisions. The audience will determine the winner of the Audience Choice Award. The Awards Ceremony and after party will be held in the evening.

April 19

To wrap up the festival, the winning films will be screened in the Humanities Theater on Sunday morning.

The Jury

We welcome Purchase alumni* to the campus as members of our jury:

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