A system of soft ellipsoid molecules confined between two planar walls is studied using classical
density-functional theory. Both the isotropic and nematic phases are considered. The excess free
energy is evaluated using two different Ansa¨tze and the intermolecular interaction is incorporated
using two different direct correlation functions ~DCF’s!. The first is a numerical DCF obtained from
simulations of bulk soft ellipsoid fluids and the second is taken from the Parsons–Lee theory. In
both the isotropic and nematic phases the numerical DCF gives density and order parameter profiles
in reasonable agreement with simulation. The Parsons–Lee DCF also gives reasonable agreement in
the isotropic phase but poor agreement in the nematic phase.