Language Video Competition

two women on a couch in conversation

Gavi Klein ’22, left, and Olivia Spelman ’21 in a scene from their winning 2019 film "La felicità sopra I soldi."

The First-Year Language Video Festival, known as the "Brandeis Language Oscars," is a WLC initiative that was launched in spring 2013 to showcase language-learning at Brandeis.

First-year language program students create and present videos in the language that they are studying to demonstrate the knowledge they have gained and skills they have acquired in just one year of study at Brandeis. Students in the level-20 courses of each participating language select one video to represent their language group at the festival. A jury panel consisting of faculty members from all participating languages votes to select the first- and second-place winners.

Participating languages include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Russian.

2019 Winners

First Place: Italian Studies

"La felicità sopra I soldi" ("Happiness Over Money")

Creators: Olivia Spelman’21, Max Le Blanc ’22, Gavi Klein ’22.

Instructor: Paola Servino

Second Place: Chinese Language Program

"Our Movie" ()

Creators: Noah Rovner-Frydman ’21, William Robitaille ’21, Henry Wasserman ’21, Matt Robin ’22.

Instructor: Jian Wei

Third Place: French and Francophone Studies

"Princesse Blanche Neige En France" ("Princess Snow White in France")

Creators: Catherine Chen, Coco Zhang ’22.

Instructor: Jian Wei

Past Winners