Department of English sponsoring FlashLit Film Adaptation Challenge

The Department of English is encouraging students to take a break from their studies for the chance to win more than $200 in prizes by participating in the FlashLit Film Adaptation Challenge. The challenge, which will begin April 12, requires students to adapt a literary work into a three- to five-minute film in just 72 hours.

On Friday, student teams will sign up, learn tips for quickly crafting a successful film and discover what work they must adapt. (Kickoff at 4 p.m., location TBA). Then they have the weekend to script, film and edit their short film before submitting it on DVD or flash drive by 5 p.m. Monday, April 15. The submitted films will be screened at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 in the DiStefano Lecture Hall, where the judges will award prizes and the audience will vote for a “fan favorite” prize.

Teams of up to three students plus any number of cast and crew may participate. Students may assist on as many films as they like, but may only be an official team member for one film. The literary work to be adapted will be selected in advance by Department of English faculty. The work will be a short and widely known piece such as a short story or poem. The films will be judged based on originality, engagement with source material and technical execution.

Adaptations could be sincere or satirical, period or contemporary, done in the style of a film trailer or documentary. The challenge prompts students to exercise their creativity and imagination to the fullest.

The event is co-sponsored by the McKillop Library and the Office of First Year and Exploratory Programs. For more information, contact Dr. Madeleine Esch at

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