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The Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards is an annual contest put forth by Lucasfilm Ltd. and AtomFilms to showcase and acknowledge the growing genre of fan films made by, for, and about fans of the Star Wars saga. The inaugural contest in 2002 was the first time Lucasfilm had officially sanctioned the genre.

Contents

Awards

Rules

A number of guidelines ensure that entries are produced by amateurs and do not infringe on Lucasfilm properties. In the past, the contest limited the content of entries to short film and video parodies, mockumentaries, and documentaries of the Star Wars universe and fan experience, with in-universe fan fiction-type stories not being allowed. However, StarWars.com announced that for 2007 they will be "expanding their guidelines to take in more types of movies than before."[1] The contest imposes a time limit on entries—for the inaugural contest, it was 30 minutes, but this was lowered to 15 for the 2003–2005 contests. For 2006, the time limit was lowered again to 10 minutes. Entries must not contain nudity, excessive swearing, explicit sexual themes or graphic violence. In addition, no unlicensed copyrighted material may be used in the entries, with the exception of a small collection of approved sound effects. For 2006, the contest rules were revised to prohibit contributions by union members. In 2008, the contest has expanded to include mashups with footage from the Star Wars films.[2]

Presentation

The awards have been presented at ceremonies held at either San Diego's Comic-Con International, or Lucas' Star Wars Celebrations in Indianapolis (and later this year in Los Angeles). The first contest had a TV special hosted by Kevin Smith on the SciFi Channel to showcase the winners and finalists. The 2008 contest winners will be showcased on Spike TV.[2]

Categories

The contest's grand prize is the George Lucas Selects Award, which is presented to the film Lucas himself selects as his favorite. The Audience Choice Award is selected by the worldwide internet audience, as all contest finalists are available to view online at AtomFilms. The Pioneer Award is given to a film that either defined, changed, or influenced the genre. Other awards are given by a jury of people selected from employees of AtomFilms and Lucasfilm. Beginning in 2004, some of the major awards were sponsored by Lucasfilm licensees.

Winners

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2002

  • George Lucas Selects Award – Christmas Tauntauns; Matt Bagshaw, director
  • Audience Choice Award – Star Wars Gangsta Rap; Thomas Lee, director
  • Best Animation – Jar Jar's Walking Papers; Joe Fournier, director
  • Best Documentary – Waiting for Jar Jar; Meredith Bragg, director
  • Best Mockumentary – SW Project; Gregory Hiltz, director
  • Spirit of Fandom Award – Figure Club; Matt Petrilla, director
  • Young Jedi Award – Sparring Program; David Tomaszewski, director
  • Best Comedy – Stargeeks; Marc A. Samson, director
  • Pioneer Award – TROOPS; Kevin Rubio, director

2003

  • George Lucas Selects Award – Pink Five; Trey Stokes, director
  • Audience Choice Award – The Jedi Hunter; John E. Hudgens, director
  • Skywalker Sound Award – Carbonite; Mark Rusciano, director
  • Best Animation – Trooper Clerks; Jeff Allen, director
  • Spirit of Fandom Award – Silent But Deadly 2; Jeff Cioletti, director
  • Best Commercial Parody – Dark Side Switch Campaign; Daniel Johnson, director
  • Pioneer Award – Hardware Wars; Ernie Fosselius, director

2004

  • George Lucas Selects Award – Escape from Tatooine; David Tomaszewski, director
  • Audience Choice Award – Pink Five Strikes Back; Trey Stokes, director
  • Best Comedy – Recruitment; Scott Zier, director
  • Best Animation – Wampa; Andreas Peterson, director
  • Spirit of Fandom Award – 8 Minutes; Wendy Woody, director
  • Best Crossover Spoof – Carbonite Confusion; Ryan Simmons, director
  • Pioneer Award – George Lucas in Love; Joe Nussbaum, director
  • Best Makeup - Contract of Evil; Kantz, director

2005

  • George Lucas Selects Award – For the Love of the Film; Barry Curtis & Troy Metcalf, directors
  • Audience Choice Award – Sith Apprentice; John E. Hudgens, director
  • Spirit of Fandom Award – Boba; Mark Rusciano, director
  • Best Animation – Walk in a Bamboo Bush; Tetsuro Sakai, director
  • Best Comedy – Cheap Seats; Robert Reeves, director
  • Best Crossover Spoof – Anakin Dynamite; Wayne Barnes, director
  • Best Original Concept – Star Wars: Elements; Robert Bunch, director
  • Best Original Song – One Season More; Timothy Edward Smith, director
  • Pioneer Award – Return of the Ewok; David Tomblin, director

2006

  • George Lucas Selects Award - Pitching Lucas; Shane Felux, director
  • Audience Choice Award - Pitching Lucas; Shane Felux, director
  • Spirit of Fandom Award - Memoirs of a Padawan; Michael Q. Yowhan & Michael A. Yowhan, directors
  • Best Comedy - Sith'd; Brian Silva, director
  • Best Commercial Parody - Blue Milk; William Grammer, director

2007

  • George Lucas Selects Award - Chad Vader by Matthew Sloan and Aaron Yonda
  • Best Fan Fiction: Drama & Audience Choice Award: Forced Alliance by Randolph Bookman and Gerry Santos
  • Best Comedy: The Eyes of Darth Tater by Lee Vehe
  • Best Animated Movie: IG-88: The Dancing Robot by Anton Bogaty
  • Best Short Subject: Incident at Toshi Station by Mike McMahan
  • Best Action: Essence of the Force by Pat Kerby

2008

  • George Lucas Selects Award - Padmé (fan film) by Robert Reeves, Jason Ginsburg, and Kevin Walsh
  • Audience Choice Award & Best Animated Feature - George Lucas Hip Hop Awards by Jimmy "Mac" McInerney, Kay Minckiewicz and Mark Minckiewicz
  • Best Comedy - Paraphrase Theater: Tarkin 'n Friends by Will Carlough
  • Best Visual Effects - RvD2: Ryan vs. Dorkman 2 by Ryan Wieber and Michael Scott
  • Best Short Subject - The ESB in 60 Seconds by Oliver Jones
  • Best Parody - Star Wars Grindhouse: Don't Go in the Endor Woods by Michael Ramova

Notes and references

  1. StarWars.com Enter the 2007 Star Wars Fan Film Award Competition! on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  2. 2.0 2.1 AtomFilms - Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge

External links

  • Official Site
  • TheForce.net - Fan film hosting site
  • A Star Wars fan film database made by fans.

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