Boston University to Host 2006 Redstone Film Festival

Contact: Colin Riley, 617-353-2240 |

(Boston) — The annual Redstone Film Festival will be held at Boston University’s Tsai Performance Center on Wednesday, February 15 at 7 p.m.

The festival is sponsored by Sumner Redstone, founder and executive chairman of the Board of Directors of Viacom, and showcases the best work of both undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Communication’s Department of Film and Television. The films nominated must have been produced for a film or television class. The short subject films range from entertaining and whimsical vignettes to touching and powerful dramatic episodes.

The Redstone Festival is a juried competition. All entries are pre-screened by one or more selection committees, which choose the projects to be submitted to a panel of media professionals for final judging. Panelists this year are: Writer and Director Maureen Foley, whose debut film, “Home Before Dark,” was named Best American Independent Film at the 1997 Hamptons International Film Festival, winning the Grand Jury Prize; Wesley Morris, Boston Globe film critic; and Bo Smith, the Museum of Fine Art’s Katharine Stone White head of Film and Video, and head of Concerts. Cash awards will be given for the works that take top honors. In addition to the Redstone Award winners being selected, the student winner of the Fleder-Rosenberg Short Screenplay Award will be announced at the screening.

Over the years, Redstone Film Festival winners (and finalists) have turned out to be some of Boston’s most successful directors, producers, and screenwriters. Many of their films have been nominated and won awards in film festivals around the world. Two have earned Academy Award nominations. Previous Redstone winners include: Director and Screenwriter Gary Fleder (“Runaway Jury”), Executive Producer and Director Joe Roth (“Christmas With the Kranks”), Director Lauren Ivy Chiong (“Testament”), Producer Richard Gladstein (“Finding Neverland”, “Cider House Rules”), Producer and Director Robert Patton-Spruill (“Squeeze”), and Screenwriters Scott Rosenberg (“Con Air”, Beautiful Girls”) and Steve Brill (“Mighty Ducks”).

The festival is free and open to the public. Yet, as one of the most anticipated and popular campus student events, seating is limited. Media interested in attending are advised to contact the Office of Public Relations at 617-353-2240. For more information about the competition, contact the Department of Film and Television at 617-353-3483.

Redstone Film Festival at Boston University

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at 7 p.m.

Tsai Performance Center (look for the spotlights!)
685 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02215