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Dordt video receives another international award

November 19, 2008

Volkers and Student

The International Academy of the Visual Arts in New York have announced the winners of The 2008 Davey Awards. With over 4,000 entries from across the U.S. and around the world, the Davey Awards honors the finest creative work from the best small firms, agencies, and companies worldwide.

Dordt College’s video production company, Prairie Grass Productions, was awarded a silver Davey Award for its entry “SPICE,” a seven-minute promotional film based on one of the college’s semester abroad program, the Studies Program In Contemporary Europe. This video also recently received a Platinum Award in the international MarCom Film Competition.

Davey Award

The fourth annual Davey Awards were sponsored by AdvertisingAge Small Business Network and were judged and overseen by the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA).

“We were truly amazed and excited at the overall caliber and quality of this year’s pool of entries” noted Linda Day, IAVA executive director. “The Davey Awards serves as the benchmark for recognizing creative excellence and continues to raise the bar in honoring the best work from small agencies and firms worldwide. Congratulations to the ‘Creative Davids’ at the forefront of their industry, helping to push the limits in creativity and design.”

The Davey Awards refer to David defeating the giant Goliath with a big idea and a little rock—the sort of thing small firms do each year with big ideas, rather than big budgets. Gold and silver awards are presented to first and second place winners.

The SPICE video was created by Communication Professor Mark Volkers and a student production assistant, Jesse Brauning. Brauning is a senior Digital Media Production major from the Dominican Republic.

Volkers traveled to Europe last March during Dordt’s spring break and captured about 12 hours of film footage. Editing and adding special effects were done over the next few months to create the finished product, now available for viewing online on Dordt’s website, the website of the Gereformeerde Hogeschool, and on YouTube.

The Dordt production company has turned out a wide variety of films since the introduction of the Digital Media major in 2005. Many have benefitted Christian ministries (Hope Haven, Timothy Institute, Christian Reformed Home Ministries, etc.), but area businesses have also hired the production company to create promotional videos.

Prairie Grass Productions has begun work on a documentary about the slums of the world. The effort is being funded by a grant from the Andreas Center. During Christmas break, Volkers and ten Digital Media majors will travel to Manila to film slums in that region of the world.

For more information about the Davey Awards, please visit For more information about Dordt College’s digital media program, see

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