Submissions were unique, creative, and definitely exceeded our expectations. We look forward to what the online audience says about these entertaining shorts.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 29, 2005
AtomFilms and Lucasfilm Ltd. today announced that sixteen finalists in the 4th Annual Star Wars Fan Film Awards are now available for online viewing and voting at http://starwars.atomfilms.com. The finalists were selected from hundreds of entries from around the world. Once again, George Lucas will select his favorite for the competition's top honor Â the George Lucas Selects Award. This award comes with a $2,000 cash prize and the recognition of George Lucas via a taped video message congratulating the filmmaker.
The 4th Annual Star Wars Fan Film Award winners will be announced on Friday night, April 22nd, at Lucasfilm's massive Star Wars Celebration III fan event (April 21-24 in Indianapolis, Indiana), just weeks before the long-awaited May 19 theatrical release of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.
Judges at Lucasfilm and AtomFilms agree that this year's contest submissions display the highest level of filmmaking sophistication since the event began in 2002. The entries from around the globe, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Puerto Rico and Japan, took advantage of the most current technology to create polished film experiences with impressive special effects. Finalist films range from forty-five seconds to thirteen minutes in length, with the majority running around five minutes.
Finalists in past competitions have been viewed over 10,000,000 times at AtomFilms' Fan Film Awards Web site (http://starwars.atomfilms.com).
"This year's entries bring a wide range of perspectives on the Star Wars phenomenon," said Steve Sansweet, Lucasfilm's head of fan relations. "Some are a reflection of pop culture, some are spoofs on television commercials, and all show a dedication to the saga, proving that Star Wars fans are like none other!"
"For the fourth year in a row, fans have surprised and delighted us with their ingenuity," said Mika Salmi, CEO AtomShockwave Corp. "Submissions were unique, creative, and definitely exceeded our expectations. We look forward to what the online audience says about these entertaining shorts."
A list of the films is attached. So get out and vote!
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Lucasfilm Ltd. is one of the world's leading film and entertainment companies. Founded by George Lucas in 1971, it is a privately held, fully integrated entertainment company. In addition to its motion picture and television productions, the company's global businesses include Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound; LucasArts Entertainment; Lucas Licensing; and Lucas Online. Lucasfilm's feature films have won 19 Oscar Awards and its television projects have won 12 Emmy Awards.
2005 Star Wars Fan Film Awards Finalists
Spoof of "Napoleon Dynamite" - A young Jedi must do daily battle with...idiots!
Director: Wayne Barnes
Clones have feelings too in this insurance spoof
Director: Ken Lawton
A love story about a timid Star Wars fan and the girl upstairs
Director: Mark Rusciano
Live action comedy about a fun-loving X-wing pilot during the medal ceremony at the end of Episode IV
Director: Robert Reeves
Animated piece about a mischievous Ewok
Director: Ryan Simmons
For the Love of the Film
Musical comedy about what happens when a projector showing Star Wars breaks down in a theater
Director: Barry Curtis
Kessel Run Infraction
Animated short about Luke, Han, and Ben in the Cantina
Director: Jim Mehsling
One Season More
An operatic vision of Luke Skywalker on Tatooine
Director: Timothy Edward Smith
Real Men of the Empire
Spoof of a famous beer commercial
Director: Scott Zier
With "The Emperor," "you're fired" takes on a whole new meaning
Director: John Hudgens
A speeding motorist decides to use the Force to get out of a ticket!
Director: William Grammer
Star Wars: Elements
Characters of the films listed in one big song
Director: Alabama Rob
Star Wars TV
"The Dark Apprentice" and "Yub Nub Subs" are showing on Empire TV
Director: Lee Vehe
The girlfriend of a Star Wars fan gets attacked by toys
Director: Wendy Woody
Walk in a Bamboo Bush
Japanese prints come to life in this animated take on Episode IV
Director: Tetsuro Saiki (Japan)
The Yody Years.
Animated short about YodaÂs younger years
Director: Adam Hastings