14th Annual Lander University Film Festival

Lander University will present its 14th Annual Lander University Film Festival on Saturday, March 30. The event celebrates film and encourages all aspects of filmmaking. The 2024 event includes a short film competition. SC Humanities supported the festival with a Mini Grant.

For 13 years, the Lander University Film Festival has brought an array of participants together to learn about film and tell stories about the South. The 2024 festival will continue in this tradition and enhance knowledge about how film is a key aspect of the humanities and storytelling.

The 2024 festival schedule is as follows:

Saturday, March 30

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Misty Jameson: History of Film (LC 300)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Dan Harrison: Creating/maintaining a local film society (LC 300)
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Shelley Reid – Discussion “Last Dollar” Film in Post Production (LC 300)
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Michael Genevie – How Auditioning Has Changed Over the Years (LC 300)
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Short Film Awards and Screning (CC Auditorium)
8:00 p.m. – Reception in Cultural Center Commons

As part of the festival, Lander University is pleased to offer the Short Film Competition. This competition provides today’s filmmakers an opportunity to push their storytelling boundaries while showcasing their love of cinematography. A required kickoff workshop for entrants will be held on Tuesday, March 12, at 4 p.m. on the campus of Lander University. While at the kickoff, participants will receive a unique line of dialogue that they are required to use in their five-minute film. Filmmakers will then have eight days to produce, edit and perfect their submission. All participants must attend the kickoff to be eligible to compete. This will provide competitors with the information they will need to create their films and allow them to discuss their passion with professionals in the filmmaking business. The workshop will be streamed online for those who cannot attend in person. There will be three divisions of competitions, which include a High School, College and Open Division. The registration fee is $20 for the College and High School Division and $25 for the Open Division.

Selected films will be shown on Saturday, March 30, at the Lander University Film Festival, allowing filmmakers to showcase their films to the public. First place winners of each division will receive a cash prize of up to $200, with smaller cash prizes for second and third place. Filmmakers interested in participating can visit the official Lander University Film Festival website for detailed guidelines and to sign up: www.landerfilmfestival.com.

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c)3 organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos, and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually. South Carolina Humanities receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as corporate, foundation and individual donors. The National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.