A total of 19 teams participated in Red Eye 2017, making this another record-setting year. Student teams from Bethany Lutheran College, South Central College, and Minnesota State University-Mankato were given one week to create a short film based on randomly assigned prompts that each include a genre, character, and prop. Faculty members from each of the schools adjudicated the festival, and seven awards were given. It was a competitive year with each school represented among the winners.

This was the first year that staff and faculty members from each institution participated in a feedback panel following the showcase. The interdisciplinary panel included Angie Johnson (English, BLC), Wes Taylor (Art/Multimedia, SCC), Nick Hauman (Sociology, BLC), and Kurt Shrader (film, BLC). Their conversation included tips on how to “copy like an artist” and connect with today’s audiences. They also reacted to this year’s unusually bloody entries with a discussion of violence in media.

Thank you to all who participated, and congratulations to the following award winners:

Best Use of Prompt

Don’t Mess With Donuts
by Missing Productions (MSU)
Nathan Ruel, Amelia Shortell, Natalie Hale, Tyler Chandee

Genre: Slapstick
Character: Fast food worker
Prop: A hammer

Best Sound Design

Noted
by Bigger Fish (BLC)
Gabby Baker, Anya Schroeder, Caleb Schilling, Leif Johnson, Jack Oh

Genre: Chase Film/Thriller
Character: Boy/Girl-Next-Door
Prop: A bright red marker

Best Story

Naive
by Late Bloomers (BLC)
Catherine Bartels, Chan Park, Jon Bartels, Josh Kloster, Marcus Ruiz

Genre: Lovers on the Run
Character: Cab driver
Prop: A pencil sharpener, filled to the brim with shavings

Best Cinematography

In The Red
by Camera Hogs (SCC)
Abby Cherney, Austin Swain, Maddie Fox, Erin Bias, Alexis McCarthy, Michael Vogel, Bailey LaPatka

Genre: Small-Town Life Drama
Character: Accountant
Prop: A cassette tape

Best Editing

In The Red
by Camera Hogs (SCC)
Abby Cherney, Austin Swain, Maddie Fox, Erin Bias, Alexis McCarthy, Michael Vogel, Bailey LaPatka

Genre: Small-Town Life Drama
Character: Accountant
Prop: A cassette tape

Best Performance

What’s Her Name
by Team Rocket (BLC)
Hans Bloedel, Sam Shubert, Anna Meyer, Amir Trotter, Ian Overn, Eric Westphal

Genre: Romantic Drama
Character: Bartender
Prop: A large suitcase

Best of Show

In The Red
by Camera Hogs (SCC)
Abby Cherney, Austin Swain, Maddie Fox, Erin Bias, Alexis McCarthy, Michael Vogel, Bailey LaPatka

Genre: Small-Town Life Drama
Character: Accountant
Prop: A cassette tape