SunDeis: The New England College Film Festival is held annually in April at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. The festival's proceedings are free and open to the entire New England film community. Undergraduate students are especially encouraged to attend.

SunDeis 2006
APRIL 1-2, 2006
Presented by Brandeis University and DoubleTree Guest Suites

Attention Student Filmmakers AND VENDORS!

The 2006 SunDeis Film Festival will take place from 9am-midnight on Saturday, April 1st and Sunday, April 2nd at the Shapiro Campus Center of Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. SunDeis, founded three years ago to celebrate film at a school without a film major, offers a forum for student filmmakers to showcase their work and interact with people who have succeeded in various sectors of the film industry. The festival will culminate with a star-studded red carpet awards ceremony at 7pm on Sunday that will honor the best in student films along with several prominent entertainers.

On Sunday evening, Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to legendary Academy Award winners Celeste Holm and Margaret O’Brien. (Both will attend screenings of their Oscar-winning films and take questions from the audience afterwards; Holm’s Gentleman’s Agreement will be shown at 3pm on Saturday and O’Brien’s Meet Me in St. Louis will be shown at 3pm Sunday at Brandeis’ Wasserman Cinemateque.) Also on Sunday evening, S Epatha Merkerson—a 2005 Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG award winner—will receive the first-ever Entertainer of the Year Award. Merkerson, who is best known as Lt Anita van Buren on television’s Law and Order, will be presented with the award by her co-star Jesse L Martin, who is also the star of Broadway and Hollywood’s Rent. Jeremy Leven, the screenwriter of The Notebook and other popular films, will be presented with a Special Award for outstanding work in his field.

While all SunDeis events—including Sunday’s red carpet awards ceremony—are free and open to the public, seats cannot be reserved, so guests are encouraged to arrive promptly. The complete schedule and other relevant information can be found on the festival schedule page.


* If you are a student wishing to submit a film, you must adhere to the following criteria to qualify for consideration: Submissions must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2006. They may be shorts or feature-length films (not exceeding 2 hours). They can be recorded on VHS or DVD. No filmmaker may submit more than one film for consideration. Please send two copies of the selected film, the names and titles of the filmmakers, their email contact address, a brief history of the project (250 or fewer words), as well the sheet music for any original music, to:

Sundeis Film Festival Submissions
Attention: Shadya Ballug, MS 203
Brandeis University
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454

* If you are a business/vendor interested in buying a table at this event or willing to donate a prize in return for extensive advertising on event materials, please email or check out the prizes section of this website.

We eagerly look forward to hearing from all interested parties, and then meeting you at the event just a few months from now. Please do not hesitate to contact us through our web site with any questions, comments, or concerns.