Dordt College News

See Prairie Grass films and awards ceremony Friday

February 17, 2010

Film Challenge

See the films created during the fourth annual Prairie Grass Film Challenge from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19.

An awards ceremony will be held after the screenings, at 8:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium.

Both the movie showing and the awards ceremony are free and open to the public. This family friendly and free event is a unique opportunity to see what can be created on film in a mere 48 hours! During the movie screening, free popcorn and other food and soft drinks available for purchase will be served.

Twenty-one films were made this year by high school teams from Sibley-Ocheyedan and Central Decatur in Iowa; Lincoln and Roosevelt in South Dakota; Zeeland West High and Unity Christian in Michigan, and a combined team of Orange City Unity students and Dordt students. This year there are seven college student teams from Dordt, a blended team of students and alumni, and two alumni teams (one from Los Angeles and the other with local alumni).

All approved movies created during the challenge will be shown, with only the top five picks aired at the 8:30 p.m. award ceremony. After the showing of the top five videos, judges will announce their pick for “Best of Show” which will be awarded $500, the coveted Dordty Award, and an AVID software digital editing package ($3,000 value).

The first runner-up team receives $250; and the Peoples’ Choice Award (based on voting submitted on the Film Challenge website) receives $150.

After the awards ceremony all of the entries will be posted at, where anyone may log on to see the films and vote for their favorite team’s movie.

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