Dordt College News

Prairie Grass film viewing and awards Nov. 9

October 30, 2007

Film Challenge

Eleven short films created by local high school and college-age students during the second annual Prairie Grass Film Challenge will be screened on the campus of Dordt College on Friday, Nov. 9, from 5-7 p.m.

Films will be screened at Classroom Building C160, Science Building S101, and  Business classrooms 318-319 on the third floor of the Campus Center. The awards ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium.

Both the movie showing and the awards ceremony are free and open to the public. During the movie screening, popcorn, soft drinks and cotton candy will be served.

At the 8 p.m. award ceremony, judges will award “Best of Show” ($500 cash prize, Avid software worth $1,700 and the “Dordty” Award), as well as the first runner up ($250 plus Avid software). The Peoples’ Choice Award ($150 and Avid software) will be presented at a later date, based on voting submitted on the Film Challenge website,

The films in the competition were created locally September 20-22, with teams getting just 48 hours to come up with a concept for a 5-8 minute short film, write a script, shoot the footage, edit the footage, and submit it for screening.

Participating teams are:

• Cyn derBlok: Unity Christian and Dordt College, team leader Alvin Shim
• Unity Christian High School: team leader Ben De Groot
• Pjfilms: University of Iowa, team leader Joseph Clarke
• Shnapal and Ruble Productions: Morningside and Briar Cliff Colleges, team leader Jordan Hunter
• Ceiling Dragon Productions: Dordt College, team leader Piper Kucera
• DC Watch: Dordt College, team leader Jesse Brauning
• Duck, Duck Goose! Productions: Dordt College, team leader Elliot De Wit
• Moonlight Productions: Dordt College, team leader Vern Eekhoff
• Redline Productions: Dordt College, team leader Matthew Berkenpas
• The Dead Pants Society: Dordt College, team leader Justin Besteman
• The Dutch Touch: Dordt College, Peter Hessels

Film Challenge

“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 instructor at Dordt College and an organizer of the event.

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 Nov. 9 show.

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