A film by MSUM majors in the Cinema Arts and Digital Technologies Department is one of 15 finalists for the 2012 National Film Challenge. The student group that made the film, Cinethusiasts, competed with 103 other filmmaking groups. The film is titled Roleplay Rangers and relates a story about a Junior Ranger’s wife who is forced to take up her husband’s duty to protect a local park.

The MSUM film will advance to a second round of judging, which determines the Grand Prize Winner. The 15 films in the finals will soon appear on the NFC website for Audience Award voting (www.filmchallenge.org). The Grand Prize Winner receives $1,000 and the Audience Award Winner receives $500. Both winning films will screen with the 48HFP City Winners at Filmapalooza in Los Angeles March 7 to 10.

The National Film Challenge is a worldwide filmmaking competition from the creators of the 48 Hour Film Project and KDHX Community Media. Participating teams have one weekend to write, shoot and edit a short film or video. Filmmakers receive a character, prop, line of dialogue, and a genre.

CADT professor Tom Brandau noted that this is the first year a team from MSUM made the finals. For more information, call Brandau at 218.477.2950 or email him at brandau@mnstate.edu.