We are building a contest site in which we are displaying a number of videos with a filter by state and filter by store option and a sort by vote (low to high) and date uploaded (past to recent).
Currently, our page layout has the filter option to the upper left of the videos with a dropdown. To the right, we have the sort function that looks like this:
Vote Date Uploaded Low | High Past | Recent
where the second row text is clickable. Another option I considered was using dropdowns for the sort in addition to the filter (e.g. "Vote: Lowest to Highest") but I'm concerned that users may be confused that such similar looking elements have different functionality.
Is using a dropdown for both filter and sort user-friendly? Or is there another possibility I might not be considering?