The Star Wars Fan Awards: Details and Dates

Remember the days of the Star Wars fan film submissions and awards? Well, Lucasfilm is launching a more broad contest for fans that will include photos, visual arts, and of course, videos.

Announced yesterday by, the new Fan Awards will be an expansion of the Star Wars Fan Film Awards. The site calls the awards a longstanding Lucasfilm tradition, and go on to say that they would "be honored if you would join us".

There will be three main 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

Submissions will officially open on July 18th, 2018 via, and will close on September 17th, 2018.

The Audience Choice award voting will open on November 2nd, 2018 on, and will close on November 13th, 2018.

Winners will be chosen by a panel of Lucasfilm judges, with the Audience Choice award decided by fans.

The Star Wars Fan Awards will culminate in a special episode of The Star Wars Show, announcing winners and featuring a few exciting surprises.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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