Effingham Daily News
An annual contest at Lake Land College could earn one lucky filmmaker $500 while sending a message about the environment.
The fourth annual short film competition is a part of the college’s Energy Innovation Conference, a gathering to discuss efficiency, as well as alternative power options. The conference will be held on March 6, with the film contest’s winners being announced that day.
The contest asks Lake Land alumni or current students to produce an original, five-minute short focused on an environmental or energy related issue. The deadline for submission is Feb. 13. Students will then vote on the best short from Feb. 18 to March 4. All of the entrees will be on the Energy Innovation Conference website.
Scott Rhine, a coordinator for the IT-Network Administration program at Lake Land and contest supervisor, said he hopes to see as many entrees for the contest as possible.
“The thing is, the more people that take the time and look at this, the more we can expand our program,” he said. “I’ve had some students say they weren’t going to enter but there’s a pretty good chance to win some money.”
Prizes for the contest winners include $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place.
Although a cash prize may bring in some interested parties, Lake Land employees said the real draw is the conference itself, which includes both innovators and experts in the area of alternative energy but also showcases Lake Land’s own green efforts.
“It has been growing in attendance for the last few years,” Kris Reider, organizer for the event, said about the conference. “We at least doubled last year. It’s really nice to have the community come in and look at what we’re doing.”
Reider said she is particularly excited for guests to see Bob Dixon, one of the more unconventional leaders of the green movement.
“He’s the mayor of Greensburg, Kan., and he completely rebuilt Greensburg after the tornado just destroyed that town in 2007,” she said. “He’s doing a presentation on that process, rebuilding the entire town to be green. It’s going to be a really good one.”
Reider said Lake Land faculty and other presenters will fill out the conference’s roster, speaking on subjects such as geothermal energy, sustainable ecosystems, wind turbines, recycling, making a home more energy efficient and many others.
Reider said the conference gives her a chance to create the best experience for all of the visitors.
“I enjoy trying to get vendors and presenters to come and show ways to be sustainable,” she said.