Dordt College film team receives awards

Dordt College film team receives multiple awards

A student film team from Dordt College won two Telly Awards and a Gold Hermes Creative Award for their film “Balisana: The Shepherds of Lesotho.”

The Dordt team travelled to Lesotho, a country in southern Africa, for a week to make a film about unreached shepherds in the mountains. The team consisted of Dordt students Nathan Walter (Norfolk, Nebraska), Jessica Lillo (Omaha, Nebraska), Connor Neal (Des Moines, Iowa), and Ellen Dengah (Indonesia). Digital Media Professor Mark Volkers was also part of the team. Their contact in Lesotho was Dordt alumnus and Africa Inland Missions missionary, Mark Eekhoff.

“Competitions like this help our students gauge and compare their work at a national and international level, rather than just at a campus or local level,” said Volkers.

The film shows the efforts of Christian missionaries reaching out to shepherd boys in Lesotho who have not been reached by the church. Missionaries hope that, after they leave, converted shepherds will spread the Gospel to more shepherds.

The Hermes Creative Awards received 6,000 entries from the United States, Canada, and 35 other countries. Only 22 percent of the entries win the Gold Award.

The Telly Awards showcases the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world. The Telly Awards is a widely known and highly respected national and international competition and received more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents.

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