The Star Wars community is in need of a little love and unity at the moment. What better way to celebrate the best of Star Wars fandom than with a revamped Star Wars Fan Awards? This week Lucasfilm have announced the 2018 awards and promises fans that it will be the ‘ultimate celebration of Star Wars fan creativity’. The announcement, made on StarWars.com, speaks of how the fan awards will honor the many ways fans express their love for the galaxy far, far away.
Fan Awards? This Sounds Familiar…
Lucasfilm has been running the Star Wars Fan Film Awards for eight years. The awards have previously celebrated the best of fan-made short films, animation, comedy and non-fiction. In a timely development, the awards took a break last year to be re-branded as a more all-encompassing fan awards for 2018. Now this is timely, of course, because the Star Wars fan base has never felt so fractious and divided. Is Lucasfilm using the awards as a way of bringing back the fans’ love of the franchise?
So What Are The New Categories?
StarWars.com has announced a complete list of the awarding categories:
- Videos – Long (Up to 5 Minutes) and Short (Up to 15 Seconds): Best Animation, Best Stop Motion, Best Comedy, Best Choreography, Best Visual Effects, Audience Choice, Filmmaker Select, Spirit of Fandom
- Photos: Best Scene-Inspired Photo, Best Family Portrait, Best Throwback Photo, Best Original Concept, Funniest, Best Pet Photography, Best Star Wars Food Presentation, Best in Show, Audience Choice
- Visual Art: Best Digital Art, Best Poster Art, Best Custom Costume, Best 2-D/Traditional Art, Best 3-D/Physical Art, Best Custom Figure, Best Custom Diorama, Best in Show, Audience Choice
So whether you are a budding film maker, photographer, artist (or just like dressing your dog up as an Ewok) there is something for everyone!
I’m in! What Else Do I Need To Know?
Submissions open on July 18 and close September 17. Then voting for the audience choice awards will take place between November 2 and November 13. The awards will be judged by a panel from Lucasfilm. The winners will be announced in a special edition of The Star Wars Show on StarWars.com.
What do you think of the revamped fan awards? Will you be getting involved? Let us know in the comments!
Or would you rather weigh up the competition? Watch some of the previous film awards winners here.