MANKATO (TEC News) -- Mankato's Bethany Lutheran College will host its first "Speechless Film Festival" at the Mankato Place Theater starting at noon on Friday until noon on Saturday.
The festival was initially formed as a competition for Bethany students and a few overseas universities, but an introduction into a large film festival database allowed for expansion.
During the 24-hour festival, 80 films created by students and professional filmmakers will be shown, and each will be judged on production quality, and their relation to the visual-storytelling theme, said Amanda Quist, coordinator of design of communication for Bethany Lutheran.
Each of the 80 films was placed into three different categories: long-form, short-form and animation/experimental/other.
In addition to the honor of being accepted into the festival, winners would receive a cash prize, said Quist: Quist 2 "each category" :11
The goal of the festival was to create a sense of community, said Quist. Bethany Lutheran wanted to connect different cultures and filmmakers from all over the world not only with students, but with Mankato residents, too.
It's really just a great opportunity for people to come together and enjoy great films, said Quist.
Festival tickets can be purchased at the door, or online at www.speechless.eventbrite.com.