Star Wars Fans to Play Cannes

Past and present winners of the annual Star Wars Fan Film Awards will be screened during a special event at the Cannes Film Festival. A presentation of AtomFilms, in partnership with Lucasfilm Ltd. and Talantis Films, the program will screen on May 19, the same day Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith debuts in theaters worldwide.

The Star Wars Fan Film Awards draw millions of visitors to popular online short film outlet AtomFilms. More than 100 finalists and winners from all four annual events are now available for free online viewing at www.starwars.atomfilms.com. Featured films include both animated and live-action spoofs and dramatic tales inspired by the blockbuster saga. Each year, George Lucas himself selects one entry to receive top honors.

This year’s big winner is Barry Curtis’ For Love of the Film, in which moviegoers act out their own version of Star Wars when the projector breaks down. Other winning titles include John E. Hudgens’ Sith Apprentice (Audience Choice), Tetsuro Saiki’s Walk in a Bamboo Bush (Best Animation) and Anakin Dynamite (Best Crossover Spoof).

Paris-based short film distributor Talantis Films is presenting the Cannes screening, which will feature 12 fan films, on May 19 at 11:30 am at the Short Film Corner. The lineup includes:

Escape from Tatooine – George Lucas Selects Award, 2004. Directed by David Tomaszewski.

Christmas Tauntauns – George Lucas Selects Award, 2002. Directed by Matt Bagshaw.

Empire of one – Finalist, 2002. Directed by Tom E. Newby

Pink Five – Audience Choice Award, 2003. Directed by Trey Stokes.

Star Wars Gangsta Rap – Audience Choice Award, 2002. Created by Thomas Lee and Jason Brannan.

One Season More – Best Original Song, 2005. Created by Tim Smith.

Jar Jar’s Walking Papers – Best Animation, 2002. Directed by Joe Fournier.

Speeder – Finalist, 2005. Directed by William Grammer.

Crazy Watto – Finalist, 2002. Directed by John Hudgens.

Silent But Deadly – Finalist, 2002. Directed by Jeff Cioletti and Lou Tambone.

JabbaWookiee – Finalist, 2002. Directed by Monte Michaelis

Womb Wars: The Special Edition – Finalist, 2002. Directed by Tom E. Newby