Dordt College News

Teams finish the Prairie Grass Film Challenge

January 23, 2014

High school students, college students, and adults competed in Dordt College’s whirlwind filmmaking competition, Prairie Grass Film Challenge, an event that has been issuing a creative challenge to aspiring filmmakers every year for eight years. Each year the number of teams competing grows, and the challenge expands into new territories.

Because entries are submitted online, teams from all over the country are able to compete. This year, teams signed up from as near as Sioux Center, Orange City, and Hull, and as far as California, Colorado, and Missouri.

At the start of the challenge, teams are given a genre that they are required to work within and a character, line of dialogue, and a prop that they must incorporate into the story. After that the whirlwind filmmaking experience begins, with participants creating a five- to eight-minute film within a strict 48-hour time frame.

“The 48-hour competition is an adrenaline rush,” said Mark Volkers, Dordt College digital media production instructor and organizer of the Prairie Grass Film Challenge. The 48-hour challenge, which organizers deem a “sleep optional” event, was held Thursday through Saturday, January 16 to 18.

A free public screening and awards ceremony will take place Friday, February 21, on the campus of Dordt College. Check for more information.

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