A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the first widely seen Star Wars fan spoof, Hardware Wars, was born. Since then, young George Lucas wannabes have been making their own little live-action and animated Star Wars movies. Last year, those films were finally recognized with the First Annual Star Wars Fan Film Awards.
Just like the Star Wars franchise itself, the hugely successful event has spawned a sequel which will feature new categories, new prizes, and a new awards ceremony venue, this year’s Comic-Con Int’l in San Diego (July 17 to 20.)
Selected films will be seen by viewers worldwide, both at the Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards website www.starwars.atomfilms.com and at Comic-Con Int’l, the largest comic book and popular culture convention in the world. Original productions qualifying as finalists will compete for top honors, including an award picked by Star Wars creator George Lucas.
The winners of both the George Lucas Selects and Skywalker Sound awards will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to spend half a day at multi-award-winning Skywalker Sound at Skywalker Ranch, working with an editor on a professional sound mix of their winning films. AtomFilms, producer of the Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards, is accepting film submissions starting immediately and until 12:00 noon (PT) on June 3, 2003. To qualify for the competition, films must meet the guidelines for Star Wars fan films outlined on the Fan Film Awards website, http://www.starwars.atomfilms.com, where new finalists will be posted regularly, beginning as early as this month.