Although the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney had a great many benefits, one of the loses was the annual Star Wars Fan Film Awards. Created in 2002, the awards were a way for George Lucas to give back to the fans who loved his works so much so made some Star Wars of their own, but it seemed that the Disney takeover of the Star Wars brand had put an end to, what Disney’s lawyers would have surely called it, the “free ride.” But in 2015, the Fan Film Awards came back, and for the second year in a row, under Disney anyway, submissions are now open for this year’s contestants. Is the Force with you, fan filmmaker?
Announced by no less than Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams, now’s the time for all you aspiring Star Wars story makers to submit your fan film. You could win in one of the follow categories: Filmmaker Select, Best Animation, Best Non-Fiction, Spirit of Fandom, Best Comedy, Best Visual Effects, and Audience Choice. Not only will you get a spiffy trophy, but winners will also receive a Star Wars Prize Pack consisting of Star Wars-themed merchandise (because it you’re making Star Wars fan films, you probably don’t have enough). Winners will be announced at a special ceremony at Star Wars Celebration 2016 between July 15-17 at the Excel London Exhibition Centre.
Rules? There are no rules! Kidding! Obviously, there are rules. To participate, you have to be 13 years or older and from the US and District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec), or you have to be 18 years or older from the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico. The deadline for submitting is April 24, 2016, at 11:59 pm PT. (No extensions!) For a full list of rules, click here. The films will be judged on the grounds of “A clear grasp of animation and/or filmmaking as an art form (17%),” “Quality of storytelling (17%),” “Character development and character design (17%),” “Voiceover and acting talent (17%),” “Originality (17%)” and “Overall entertainment value (15%).”
To those about enter, May the Force be with you.