The Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards

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The Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards was an annual contest put forth by Lucasfilm 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. In 2007, the contest was renamed the Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge. In 2012, Lucasfilm announced that the contest was being discontinued, and that the company was looking for "new ways for fans to share their creativity".[1][2]: 541–542 

Lucasfilm later announced, via the official Star Wars website, that the Fan Film Awards would return in 2014, for the first time in three years, welcoming different genres and styles. The best short films of that year were screened at Star Wars Celebration 2015 in Anaheim, California.[3][2]: 541–542  The awards were last held in 2018.


The Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards trophy.


A number of guidelines ensure that entries are produced by amateurs and do not infringe on Lucasfilm properties. The contest limits the content of entries to short film and video parodies, mockumentaries, and documentaries of the Star Wars universe and fan experience.[2]: 542  Until 2007, In-universe fan fiction-type stories were not allowed. Rules changed in 2007 after all Star Wars movies have been released and fan fiction is now allowed. 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 and 2007, 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 collection of approved images, music and sound effects Archived 2008-11-15 at the Wayback Machine. For 2006 onward, the contest rules were revised to prohibit contributions that are subject to or under the "jurisdiction of any guild or union collective bargaining agreement." (This does not, however, prevent a contestant from submitting an entry if they happen to belong to a union. For example, an amateur film-maker who is also a truck driver that is a member of the Teamsters.)


The awards have been presented at ceremonies held at either Comic-Con International or Lucas' Star Wars Celebration conventions. For the first contest in 2002, Kevin Smith hosted a special on the SciFi Channel to showcase the winners and some finalists. Winning films have been shown online at,, and some have appeared on SpikeTV. In October 2008, a selection of winning films was shown in a special Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge-themed episode of Atom TV on Comedy Central.


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 The Pioneer Award is given to a film that either defined, changed, or influenced the genre.[2]: 542 [additional citation(s) needed] Other awards are given by a jury of people selected from employees of and Lucasfilm. Beginning in 2004, some of the major awards were sponsored by Lucasfilm licensees.














  • Filmmaker Select Award - "TK-436: A Stormtrooper Story"; Samgoma Edwards & Samtubia Edwards, directors
  • Audience Choice Award - "The Sable Corsair"; Nick Finch & Jeffrey Henderson, directors
  • Best Non-Fiction Award – "Force or Faith"
  • Best Comedy Award – "Ben in the Desert - Jawas are Bad Neighbors"; Kevin Kelly, director
  • Best Animation Award - "The Big Question"; Stefan Binter & Fabian Carl, directors
  • Spirit of Fandom Award – "Star Wars: Generations"; Don Bitters III, director
  • Best Visual Effects – "Star Malice Wars"


Long Form[edit]

  • Filmmaker Select Award - "More Machine Than Man"
  • Audience Choice Award - "Like My Father Before Me"
  • Best Animation Award - "The Kessel Run"
  • Best Choreography Award - "Exile"
  • Best Comedy Award – "More Machine Than Man"
  • Spirit of Fandom Award – "Star Wars: The Toys Awaken"; Raymond Montemayor, director
  • Best Stop Motion Award – "Star Wars: The Toys Awaken"; Raymond Montemayor, director
  • Best Visual Effects Award – "Exile"

Short Form[edit]

  • Filmmaker Select Award - "Ice Cream To Go"
  • Audience Choice Award - "Vader: Misquoted"
  • Best Animation Award - "Grievious versus Praetorians"
  • Best Choreography Award - "Grievious versus Praetorians"
  • Best Comedy Award – "Ice Cream To Go"
  • Spirit of Fandom Award – "Simple Tricks and Nonsense"
  • Best Stop Motion Award – "Ice Cream To Go"
  • Best Visual Effects – "A Close Call"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Star Wars Fan Film Awards Canceled?, By Dustin, May 31, 2012, TheForce.Net
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Pérez-Gómez, Miguel Ángel (2016-02-09). El fan film: paradigma de la cultura participativa en el entorno de los new media (PhD) (in Spanish). Universidad de Sevilla. hdl:11441/39617. Retrieved March 25, 2022.
  3. ^ The Return of the Star Wars Fan Film Awards, AUGUST 7, 2014,

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