Filmmakers from across South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida are invited to help launch the Southeast Film Showcase, the newest addition to the annual Lander University Film Festival.

If you have a short film completed within the past 10 years that still has life in it, then we want to see it.

Good films don't die. They multiply.

Entry Fee: $40

The first place winner will receive a $250 cash prize and an equipment package from ProAm USA.

 Southeast Short Film Showcase Guidelines & Application


The required submission format is 1080p HD H.264.

Total Run Time (TRT)

Filmmakers may submit short narrative films (15 minutes or less) made within the past 10 years.

General Sensibility

Use a movie rating of PG-13 as your guideline when considering elements of humor, violence, dialog, references to sexual activity, etc. You can get as racy as you want, but your chances of winning will suffer if the judges feel your submission is inappropriate or unsuitable for screening and broadcast as part of the festival.


We want to include as many of the entries as possible in the screening of the Lander University Southeastern Film Competition. In order for your production to qualify, you must have written clearances and/or releases for all actors, extras, passersby, etc. If you choose to use music, you must certify in writing that it falls under Lander's ASCAP, BMI and SESAC license (check the ASCAP, BMI and SESAC websites) or that it is original music for which you have signed permissions to use. This also applies to footage of locations, storefronts, etc. Any person or place for which you do not have a signed release will have to be "pixeled" out of the final production.

Judging Criteria

Late entries will not be accepted. Each entry will be judged upon:

  • Originality: The writing, acting, directing and editing will be judged on the originality and creativity they exhibit.
  • Storytelling: Entries will be judged on their use of structure to communicate the story to an uninitiated audience. Is the message intent of the film clear on the first viewing?
  • Production Values: The proper use of lighting, sound, music, visual and sound effects to enhance an audience's viewing experience.


  • Payment, Application, and Final cut must be submitted by March 31, 2017. *** Deadline extended to 5 p.m., April 10.

  • Competition Entry fees: $40

Payment Options

We accept check or credit card through The Lander Foundation.


Make checks payable to The Lander Foundation; a copy of your application must be included with the check.

Send checks to :

Lander University Media Department CPO 6009

320 Stanley Ave.

Greenwood, SC 29649


Credit Card

Credit card payment can be made on the Lander University website.

Click Here for the Online Payment Portal.


Please complete the form below

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By submitting this application, you confirm ownership or legal right to submit on behalf of the owner/creator to this juried competition. You agree that all content is original and, to the best of your knowledge, free of copyright or likeness infringement. You also agree to allow Lander University and Lander Film Festival to use submitted work for promotional use. You agree to release Lander University employees, representatives, or students of liability.