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 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.