In the days leading up to the 2014 Speechless Film Festival, Bethany is celebrating Media Week, 2014. One of our goals with this year’s Media Week is to help students from other areas of interest see the wide range of careers within the field of media. Behind the scenes of any commercial, tv production, or radio program are dozens of unsung heroes who help make things happen. It’s not just creatives/designers or camera men and talent. There are plenty of opportunities in marketing, sales, and more.

promaxbda_logo_orangeMonday, March 17 at 8pm, is The Best of PromaxBDA, 2013 showcase. Katerina Zacharia, Vice President of Membership Development at PromaxBDA, will discuss entertainment industry careers in design, video, marketing, advertising, motion graphics, illustrations, and more.

Logo_ESPN Tuesday, March 18 at 7pm, is ESPN – The Experience; Building Your Professional Network. BLC alums Greg Vandermause and Mike Leyrer showcase what it is like to work at the worlds largest sports media company.


Wednesday, March 19 at 7pm, is The Business of Radio Broadcast. Jeff Lang from Radio Mankato, with more than twelve years of experience in radio, Jeff will talk about what it’s like to manage promotions for six radio stations.

Thursday, March 20, the Speechless Film Festival kicks off at the Maverick 4 Theater in Downtown Mankato. Film showcases begin at 7pm with Memorial Day, a feature length film shot here in Southern Minnesota, will be screened with a following Q&A session with the writers and producers. A Speaker Series featuring industry professionals will be held in the Drive a Tank Theater. Live music provided by The Divers will follow the viewings across the Street at Pub500 starting at 10pm Thursday evening.

Friday, March 21, Speechless Film Festival Screenings continue. Shows begin at 7pm at the Maverick 4 Theater, with the Award Showcase again showing at 8pm. The Speaker Series Continues in the Drive a Tank Theater. The after-party at Pub500 commences at 9pm with live music provided by Parachute Empire.

Saturday, March 22, The Speechless Film Festival is in full swing, viewings start at 1pm and run until 7pm with the Award Showcase shown at 6pm in the Minnesota 93 Theater. The Speaker Series continues all day with a number of industry professionals share their experiences. The Award Reception at Pub500 follows at 7pm. Festival awards will be presented at 8pm and The Tinder Box will provide live music at 9pm.

More information about Media Week 2014 and the speakers who will be presenting can be found at More information about the Speechless Film Festival, including the full program, ticket prices, maps, and travel accommodations can be found at