Dordt College News

Film challenge entries ready for viewing

February 16, 2011

After a wild 48 hours of creating a story and then filming and editing it, the films for the Dordt College fifth annual Prairie Grass Film Challenge are ready for viewing. You can see all the films at locations across campus between 5:45 and 7:45 p.m. Feb. 18, and the evening will culminate with a showing of the top films at the B.J. Haan Auditorium at 8 p.m., where awards will be presented.

This year, a record 28 teams participated in the filmmaking challenge to create and upload a five- to eight-minute film within a strict 48 hours. Teams came from as near as Sioux Center and Sioux Falls, and from as far away as California and Delaware.

At the beginning of the 48 hours, each team received an email with four elements: genre, prop, a line of dialogue, and a character. They conceptualized, wrote, shot, and edited their films, making sure to use the four required elements.

There are two categories for awards: college (including those no longer in college) and high school. Cash, prizes, and the coveted “Dordty” award will be given to winners in both categories. Submissions that do not win on the night of the screening may be selected as nominees for the “People’s Choice Award” and will be posted on the website for voting.

The Prairie Grass Film Challenge is a way that students at Dordt College and throughout the country can participate in a hands-on learning experience and create films worth watching.

"Dordt College strives to turn out technically trained graduates who are equipped to move into positions of leadership in the film and video industry,” says Mark Volkers, digital media production professor. “In a time when so much of the media we consume is full of empty calories, we train people who can produce content worth consuming.”

For more information or to view previous winning films, go to This is a free event and is open to the public.

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