Last year, we announced the first ever FAN FILM AWARD SHOW. That show was won by a movie called “The Game of Life” and produced by Hannah Smith! We are excited to announce that two new award shows will be coming in 2022: The International Award Show (hosted in Los Angeles) and the National Awards Show (hosted in New York).
The “upcoming award shows 2021” is a new announcement that two new FAN FILM AWARD SHOWS will be coming in 2022! The first one will be called the “FAN FILM AWARDS” and the second one will be called the “FAN FILMS OF THE YEAR”.
This is under the category of “great minds think alike…” “This is what you get for skipping staff meetings, Doctor,” or something like. In any case, THE FEDERATION FILES’ GLEN WOLFE and DAN REYNOLDS and I had the same idea at the same time, and now there will be TWO new fan film awards presentations in 2022!
For the last several years, the concept of organizing an annual awards event for Star Trek fan films has been simmering in the back of my mind… Not to compete with the yearly BJO AWARDS, but just to give Star Trek fan filmmakers and their creations another chance to shine.
With the arrival of the new year a few days ago, I was finally able to take a breather from the blogging “sprint” that had consumed so much of my December. And I concluded that if I was serious about putting together an awards presentation, now would be a good time to start thinking…
I attempted to come up with a name at first—and you know how much I like things that end in “FFF.” What are the awards for the Fan Film Festival? Nah. What are your favorite fan films? Cheesy. Friendships in the Film Industry? Family? Flamingos? Oh, my goodness, I didn’t have anything acceptable!
It’s time to attempt a new approach vector…
As a result, I began to consider judging. I mean, it’s possible that I’ll be the one to choose the winners and losers, but no one fan should have such authority! And, sheesh, what a great way to irritate almost all of my buddies, right? No, I needed a panel, but who could it be? The name for the awards program came quickly once I finally answered that question: THE SHOWRUNNER AWARDS.
I’ve always thought that a fan film awards competition where members of the community assess each other’s work should exist… Who better to know what goes into making a fan video than the showrunner? But, since I didn’t want too many judges, I limited my invites to showrunners who had finished at least four or five Star Trek fan films.
The next worry was, of course, ensuring that there were not too many entries. VANCE MAJOR (one of the judges) could easily submit dozens, if not hundreds, of fan videos on his own! So, unlike the Bjo Awards, I’ve decided that the Showrunner Awards will have a small entry cost (maybe $10) plus an extra $1 for each special category such as Best VFX, Best Music, Best Film Editing, and so on. As I’ve discovered in submitting my fan film INTERLUDE to numerous film festivals, this is how the majority of them handle application costs.
How can we keep Vance, or any of the judges, from voting for their own fan video every year, resulting in a 6-way or 10-way tie? I’m glad you inquired…
The Showrunner Awards will use ranked voting (top five picks), with the top choice receiving the most points and the fifth pick receiving the least. In their top three selections, a judge cannot vote for their own fan film. This sounds preferable than “you can’t vote for your own fan film at all,” which I believe is unjust.
Another thing I’d want to do is have THREE winners in each category rather than just one. So there will be an ADMIRAL Award, a CAPTAIN Award, and a COMMANDER Award (or something along those lines) for Best Cinematography, Best Lead Actress, and even Best Fan Film, with the goal of more than just a few fan films winning everything….
I formed a Facebook chat group with around two dozen Star Trek fan film showrunners from across the globe, nervously excited, to share my concept. Several of them instantly agreed to serve as judges. Yay! Ideas for categories and logistics began to flow left and right swiftly. I couldn’t believe how enthusiastic everyone was!
Then someone commented that Glen Wolfe and Dan Reynolds (two of the judges I’d invited) had just announced The Fan Film DIRECTORS CHOICE AWARDS the day before! This webpage was also included on their Federation Files website.
Their logistics differed somewhat from mine. They were expanding their competition to include any fan film, not only Star Trek, and the filmmakers who submitted the films would be the judges. If you submitted a film, you would have to vote for a winner in each category to keep your picture in contention…and you would not be permitted to vote for yourself. In addition, instead of three levels of prizes, they would have a single winner in each category.
Even so, I was apprehensive to do the Showrunner Awards if Glen and Dan were going to do the Directors Choice Awards. We’d be moving from one to three yearly fan film awards shows, and I didn’t want to compete with them.
Something fantastic occurred after that. The members of the group began to speak out…
Gary Davis is a musician from the United States. If your software is unique in both idea and implementation, I say go for it. There are so many film festivals to choose from, why not add two more fan film award programs to the mix?
Glen Wolfe is a well-known author. I’m all for as many fan film awards as we can muster. There seem to be enough tiny variances between these two new prizes that they will each have their own value.
Dan Reynolds is a writer who lives in the United States. Two distinct film awards organizations, in my opinion, would imply two different possibilities for your picture to win one or more categories.
Irwin, Josh – The most essential aspect of where we are today, in my opinion, is that we are all supporting one other. I really hope that feeling develops and strengthens.
Gary Davis is a musician from the United States. Agreed! THANK YOU to Warp 66 as well as the sponsors of these award programs. JL, Glen, and Dan… applause!
Cockings, Samuel – Given that I’ve worked for/with almost everyone in this place… This is the greatest period of fan films, and I can truly sense the camaraderie and affection. Even if it’s only a niche thing, we’re the oddballs, and it’s in our DNA, so… Promoting and letting fans see the work we put our hearts and souls into is always a good idea!
Josh Irwin – Art has the power to bring people together.
Major Vance – I have to confess that I love debating the many factors that go into these awards. This is a wonderful community, and it’s wonderful to see something like this debated.
Other showrunners on board were NICK COOK, DAVID CHENG, MIKE LONGO, RANDY WRENN, PAUL JASQUES, MARK LARGENT, and FRANK PARKER, JR….all of them had the same energy and optimism. A few politely rejected, stating that they were too busy, and I have yet to hear from a few of others. But, believe it or not, this is occurring.
The winners will be announced on April 5th (First Contact Day), according to Dan and Glen. As a consequence, I chose September 8 (Star Trek’s 50th anniversary) as the date for the Showrunner results. In February, they’ll begin taking entries. In May, I’ll most likely open it up for entries.
Many specifics are still being ironed out… in particular, categories While the Directors Awards categories are set—and the Showrunner Awards will likely include many of the same—the judges and I are brainstorming new categories such as “Most Impactful Scene” and a special “Heart” Award for a fan film that accomplishes a lot with a little. In this manner, the low-budget “small guys” get a chance to be recognized as well.
I’m also considering expanding the Showrunner Awards to include any fan film made in the previous four years… Although, once a film has won in a category, it is no longer eligible to compete in that category. However, if your fan film is released during a year with a lot of “giants,” it won’t necessarily suffer as a result of the intense competition.
Anyway, all of this brainstorming is still going on, so allow us a few weeks/months to wrap things up. With both new contests, this first year will undoubtedly educate us all what works and what doesn’t, and things will likely go much better and smoother in subsequent years.
But, for the time being, fan films have THREE yearly award presentations! Isn’t it amazing?
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