By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
With all the clamoring for a redo of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, now is the time for fans to put their money where their mouth is. The annual Star Wars Fan Awards competition is in full swing. Although I wouldn’t be remaking the Last Jedi, unless you can do it in a quick five minutes!
Lucasfilm and StarWars.com are thrilled to announce the Star Wars Fan Awards 2018, the ultimate celebration of Star Wars fan creativity! We want to honor the many ways that fans express their love of a galaxy far, far away — including everything from fan-made films to cosplay and beyond. So if you’re most impressive, we want to see what you can do. – Star Wars Blog
I cut my teeth on making a fan film back in the 90s, before I decided to direct my own short film, which ultimately won a telly award back in 2005. I wrote the short called ROGUE, about a defecting Imperial agent looking for freedom. It was directed by a fellow Star Wars fan, Dave Bundtzen, and we had met on the fan film boards at TheForce.net. It even premiered at AlphaCon in Iowa, and we got to show a private screening to a half dozen actors who were in A New Hope, including Garrick Hagon (Biggs), William Michael Hootkins (Porkins), and Chewbacca himself, Peter Mayhew. All sitting on our hotel room king size bed, watching it on our 15″ laptop. It’s a moment I’ll never forget.
The only thing that would have made the experience better is if we could have won a Star Wars Fan Award, but that was before Lucasfilm officially started acknowledging fan films. Before that, they just turned a blind eye to it as long as the fans didn’t try to make a buck off the franchise.
Now the awards are an annual thing, so why not give it a shot? The fan film section of the Star Wars fan awards will include two different competitions, the long film competition with a maximum length of five minutes, and the “Twitter-esque” short film competition with entries that can be no longer than 15 seconds! Good luck telling the Canto Byte sequence in that amount of time! Both film competitions have eight different categories including:
- Best Animation
- Best Stop Motion
- Best Comedy
- Best Choreography
- Best Visual Effects
- Audience Choice
- Filmmaker Select
- Spirit of Fandom
This year, the Star Wars Fan Awards is also expanding their competition to include two new categories:
- Photos: Best Scene-Inspired Photo, Best Family Portrait, Best Throwback Photo, Best Original Concept, Funniest, Best Pet Photography, Best Star Wars Food Presentation, Best in Show, Audience Choice
- Visual Art: Best Digital Art, Best Poster Art, Best Custom Costume, Best 2-D/Traditional Art, Best 3-D/Physical Art, Best Custom Figure, Best Custom Diorama, Best in Show, Audience Choice
The exciting addition is one of Cosplay and Custom Diorama categories, giving fans who are into creating costumes and props the opportunity to have their work seen and acknowledged by Lucasfilm in the competition. So if you’re better at making costumes than you are at editing a video, then you can still participate.
The rules will posted on StarWars.com beginning Wednesday, July 11, 2018, but we do know that the competition is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., Canada (excluding Quebec), Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Puerto Rico who are 13+ at time of entry. There is also an entry limit of 1 submission per genre per person. The window for submitting your entry is between July 18 and September 17th. Winners will be chosen by a panel of Lucasfilm judges, with the Audience Choice award decided by the fans, with voting taking place between November 2 and closing November 13!
Speaking of prizes, it’s a modest competition, with fans vying for bragging rights above all. There are 34 Star Wars prize packs available to be won with an estimated value of about US$200 each. The real prize here is having your entry featured announced online. Since there is no Star Wars Celebration this year, the awards are being announced on Star Wars main internet web series The Star Wars Show, which also promises a few “exciting additions.”
So get out there with your camera, stormtrooper armor and lightsaber and make a cool short film! Then let us know about it so we can share it with the rest of the inter webs!
And don’t forget the Wilhelm!