More than 60 MSU Moorhead Film Studies students participated in the 2009 National Film Challenge Oct. 23-25.

A total of five production teams, the most MSUM has ever had, received their assignments at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. The teams, which comprised 12-13 students, were given a character, prop, line of dialogue, and a genre and were then given 48 hours to write, shoot, score and edit their seven-minute films for a Sunday evening film screening. Three MSUM teams completed the project within the 48-hour period.

Three judges were invited to select the winning film. They were Tony Tilton, a director at KVLY-TV; Wayne McConnell, a local filmmaker and Film Studies alum; and Jennifer Tuttle, MSUM Theatre professor. The winning film, “Video Jungle,” was forwarded to the national competition.

This year, a total of 186 filmmaking teams—from Singapore to Australia to the Netherlands to New York to Missouri to California—participated in the challenge. In the following weeks the top films (determined by a national panel of judges) will be available for viewing (and voting!) on the web site www.filmchallenge.com/ The winning films will screen with the 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP) City Winners at the next Filmapalooza, the 48HFP’s end-of-year event at the NAB Show in Las Vegas.

MSUM Film Studies has been taking part in the National Film Challenge since 2004.