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Dordt College’s film competition features new challenges

October 22, 2012

For the seventh year, Dordt College is hosting the Prairie Grass Film Challenge where teams of filmmakers have a wild 48 hours to create a film. This year, in addition to the 48-hour challenge, organizers have introduced a 480-hour challenge for those who want to craft their film further than they are able in the traditional challenge.

“While the 48-hour competition is an adrenaline rush and will remain our primary competition, some filmmakers are ready for more craftsmanship, more honing of the message. That can only be accomplished with more time,” said Mark Volkers, Dordt College digital media production instructor and organizer of the Prairie Grass Film Challenge. “For those people, the new 480-hour category is perfect. It still has a firm start and end date, giving filmmakers clear parameters, while allowing them the ability to make a more polished film.”

Anyone interested in participating can put their skills to the test by assembling a team and choosing one of the options. The 480-Hour Film Challenge kicks off on Monday, December 31, at 4 p.m. The 48-Hour Challenge begins on Thursday, January 17, at 4 p.m. The deadline for both categories is Saturday, January 19, at 4 p.m.

The challenge is open to anyone high school age or older interested in creating a short film. Participants do not have to be accomplished in filmmaking, just interested in having creative fun. Details, registration, and past films can be found at

A free public screening and awards ceremony will take place Friday, February 15, on the campus of Dordt College.

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