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The logo of The Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards from the official site.

The Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards is an annual contest put forth by Lucasfilm Ltd. and AtomFilms to showcase and acknowledge the growing genre of fan films made by, for, and about fans of the Star Wars saga. The inaugural contest in 2002 was the first time Lucasfilm had officially sanctioned the genre.



A number of guidelines ensure that entries are produced by amateurs and do not infringe on Lucasfilm properties. In the past, the contest limited the content of entries to short film and video parodies, mockumentaries, and documentaries of the Star Wars universe and fan experience, with in-universe fan fiction-type stories not being allowed. However, announced that for 2007 they will be "expanding their guidelines to take in more types of movies than before."[1] The contest imposes a time limit on entries—for the inaugural contest, it was 30 minutes, but this was lowered to 15 for the 2003–2005 contests. For 2006, the time limit was lowered again to 10 minutes. Entries must not contain nudity, excessive swearing, explicit sexual themes or graphic violence. In addition, no unlicensed copyrighted material may be used in the entries, with the exception of a small collection of approved sound effects. For 2006, the contest rules were revised to prohibit contributions by union members. In 2008, the contest has expanded to include mashups with footage from the Star Wars films.[2]


The awards have been presented at ceremonies held at either San Diego's Comic-Con International, or Lucas' Star Wars Celebrations in Indianapolis (and later this year in Los Angeles). The first contest had a TV special hosted by Kevin Smith on the SciFi Channel to showcase the winners and finalists.[3] The 2008 contest winners was showcased on Spike TV.[2]


The contest's grand prize is the George Lucas Selects Award, which is presented to the film Lucas himself selects as his favorite. The Audience Choice Award is selected by the worldwide internet audience, as all contest finalists are available to view online at AtomFilms. The Pioneer Award is given to a film that either defined, changed, or influenced the genre. Other awards are given by a jury of people selected from employees of AtomFilms and Lucasfilm. Beginning in 2004, some of the major awards were sponsored by Lucasfilm licensees.



The Official Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge logo






  • George Lucas Selects Award & Audience Choice Award - Pitching Lucas by Shane Felux
  • Spirit of Fandom Award - Memoirs of a Padawan by Michael Q. Yowhan & Michael A. Yowhan
  • Best Comedy - Sith'd by Brian Silva
  • Best Commercial Parody - Blue Milk by William Grammer





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