Dordt College News

Film challenge premiere showing on Friday the 13th

October 5, 2006

Film Challenge

Twelve short films created by local high school and college-age students during the first ever 48-hour Prairie Grass Film Challenge will be screened at Dordt College on Friday, Oct. 13, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Science Building Lecture Hall.

This movie premier is free and open to the public, and popcorn, soft drinks and cotton candy will be served.

Viewers will have the opportunity to vote online for the film they would like to receive the Peoples’ Choice Award ($150). After the showing of all 12 team videos, judges will also announce their pick for “Best of Show” ($500 cash prize and the first-ever “Dordty” Award), as well as the first runner up ($250). The Peoples’ Choice Award will be presented at a later date, based on voting submitted on the Film Challenge website.

The films in this premier competition were created locally October 4-6, with teams getting just 48 hours to come up with a concept for a short film (5-8 minutes), write a script, shoot the footage, cut it together and submit it for screening.

“This film challenge is a fantastic opportunity for area students interested in film making, acting and music to showcase their talent,” said Mark Volkers, Digital Media Production Coordinator at Dordt College and organizer of the event. He hopes to expand the competition to other area high schools in upcoming years.

Volkers has filmed and produced documentaries around the world, receiving 15 Telly Awards for his professional film-making. Since his arrival at Dordt College last year, the college has installed a new dual-platform (PC and Mac) computer lab, complete with a four-terabyte media server and AVID software, the industry-leader in film editing. Volkers’ “Intro to Film and Video Production” class had a waiting list this fall.

All who would like to view the student productions are welcome to attend the movie screening at Dordt or view the movies on the website after the Oct. 13 show.

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