Star Wars Fan Film Finalists Named

Atom Films has posted the finalists in this year’s official Star Wars Fan Film Awards. Among the crop of 20 fan-produced spoofs and tributes are many animated entries, incuding Adam Hasting’s Barn Wars, in which the climactic battle from Phantom Menace is reenacted by chickens on a farm.

Other animated fan flicks include Nickolas Leonhardt’s Imperial News, a 2D goof featuring a late-breaking report on the death of Jabba the Hut, and Andreas Peterson’s Wampa, which depicts the fierce snow beast of Hoth as a misunderstood, gentle giant who just wants to make friends with Luke Skywalker.

Viewers can go to to see each film and vote for their favorites. The winning film will receive the Audience Choice Award and the filmmaker will earn a special trophy and the right to brag to friends. Voting ends July 13 and winners will be announced at a special Lucasfilm ceremony at Comic-Con in San Diego, Calif., on July 22.

Best in Show honors will be decided by franchise creator George Lucas himself. One lucky filmmaker will win prizes including $2,000 in cash and a custom Fan Film Awards trophy.

There is also a special category for toon entries. The Animation Award wil be presented by Code 3 Collectibles with the winner taking home a custom Fan Film Awards trophy, $500 in cash and a $500 gift certificate to shop at In addition, a $1,000 cash prize is reserved for the winner of the Spirit of Fandom Award, to be presented by Star Wars merchandiser the Anthony Grandio Co.