Filmmakers, let one of Hollywood’s top screenwriters write for you.

Chris Columbus and Bob Gale have written legendary films including "Gremlins," "Home Alone," "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Back to the Future," "Dirty Harry," "Apocalypse Now" and "Red Dawn." This spring, they’ve written lines specifically for entrants in Lander University’s 2WK Short Film Competition.

Filmmakers will compete for top honors in three categories: Young Filmmakers (high school or younger), College Division or Open Division. Chris Columbus has written a line to be used for the Young Filmmaker Division, Bob Gale for the College Division and John Milius for the Open Division.

Entrants will have two weeks to write, shoot and edit their films, incorporating their category’s line. The competition is open to filmmakers of all ages and skill levels. There are no thematic limitations for the films, which must be three to five minutes long. Films must be shot and edited between March 27 and April 10. The completed short film must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. April 10 to be eligible for the competition.

The competition is part of the 8th annual Lander Film Festival, which will be April 20-22 with the 2WK Short Film Competition Awards Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. April 22. The competition entry fee is $10 for students and $25 for the open division. This includes one ticket to the awards ceremony.

Fees are due by 5 p.m. March 27 during the initial meeting in Lander’s Carnell Learning Center Room 200.

Films will be judged during the week leading up to the festival, and winners will be announced during an awards ceremony and winning-entry screening.

First through third place awards will be presented in each division. Other awards might include a Writer's Choice Award, Director's Choice Award, and Best Actor Award. A full schedule of events for Lander’s Film Festival is available at or on the Lander University Film Festival Facebook page. For information, contact Paul Crutcher, Film Festival director, at 864-388-8206 or