Student Achievements

Brands and Merchant win best student short film in Speechless Film Festival

Landon Brands and Grace Merchant won the student short form category of the 2013 Speechless Film Festival, presented by Bethany Lutheran College. This unique festival is open to students across the world and aims to encourage visual, but not silent, storytelling. Brands and Merchant earned a $500 cash prize. Their winning film, “Enveloped,” is about a  postman in a crazy, colorful post office who wants to propose to his girlfriend.


Alberts wins Student Story Challenge

Rebecca Alberts, a freshman media arts major, has been named winner of the 2013 PromaxBDA Student Story Challenge. The creative objective of the PromaxBDA Student Story Competition encourages students to write, produce, direct and edit a short-form promotional story about themselves.With her first place win, Alberts claims a $1,500 cash prize, a PromaxBDA Gold Award, a complimentary registration to attend PromaxBDA: The Conference 2013 in Los Angeles, and a seat at Student Portfolio Night during the aforementioned conference.


Maas receives second place in BEA Festival of Media Arts

At the 2013 Festival of Media Arts, sponsored by the Broadcast Education Association (BEA), recent graduate Andrew Maas (’12) earned a second place award for his commercial spot for Gain detergent. The BEA competition is a national contest open to college and university faculty and students.


Wels receives first place in PromaxBDA competition

Ruth Wels was selected as the winner of the PromaxBDA – Making the Cut video editing competition. Wels submitted a piece titled “Sodium Borate” to promote the television show Supernatural on the CW network. Judges graded all entries on creativity, production quality, and marketing objectives. Wels was recognized at the 2012 PromaxBDA conference in Los Angeles, California. Wels’ promotional spot will air nationally on June 22, 2012.

Evans receives first place in PromaxBDA competition

Aaron Evans was selected as the winner of the PromaxBDA – Making the Cut video editing competition. Presented by Ubisoft, the creative objective of the competition was to produce, write and edit a game trailer that captures the essence of Assassin’s Creed, a top-selling video game. As winner of this competition, Aaron will be granted an internship with a broadcast marketing agency. He will also be flown to San Francisco to receive his award as part of the 2012 Game Marketing Summit and Awards.This is the second year in a row a Bethany student has won the Making the Cut competition, which is open nationally to all undergraduate students.


Student film takes first place in “One Shot One Kill” contest

The First Timer, a short film written and directed by Bethany student Ben Lundsten, took first place in the “One Shot One Kill” DSLRcinema contest. DSLRcinema is a resource for filmmakers using a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera. Submissions were six minutes or less in length and were completed in only one take. Cinematography for the film was done by student Andrew Maas.  Lundsten’s film tells the story of a not-so-professional hitman played by Bethany alumnus Michael Lilienthal.


Kaniess receives first place in PromaxBDA competition

Kab Kaniess, a communication major at Bethany,  won a PromaxBDA student competition for his production of a video game trailer. He received his award at the 2011 MI6 Video Game Marketing Conference in San Francisco, California. MI6 is a non-profit association dedicated to maximizing the effectiveness and supporting the success of marketing, promotion, and advertising professionals involved in the interactive entertainment community.