08/05/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin
This year will see the First Annual Forrest J Ackerman Fan Film Awards. These will be awards for creators of fan films.
These films don't receive any funding from the major motion picture studios. They are works of art by people who are fans of their subject matter. There are numerous fan films out now dealing with superheroes (like Batman Dead End, and Surge of Power), Star Wars (Troops, and George Lucas in Love), Star Trek the Further adventures, and many more.
There are people making their own versions of movies and television shows like Aliens, The Matrix, Indiana Jones, and the X-Men. These films are made easier with the advent of the computer and the fact that semi-professional video equipment is easily affordable these days.
The organisers are planning on honoring films in the following fields:
Best Science Fiction
Best Comic Book Related
Best Series Inspired
Best Fannish Documentary (must be about fandom some way)
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Music Video
They will be handing out awards in two categories. The first being Short Form, for films under 45 minutes in length and Long Form, for films over 45 minutes in length. They have already started receiving films that fit both categories. Forrest J Ackerman will be here to hand out the awards. This is a juried competition. The deadline for submissions is September 1st, 2005.
The awards will be handed out at a banquet during Astronomicon 9, Rochester's science fiction and fantasy convention in Rochester New York. November 11th-13th, 2005.
For more details check out these co-ordinates: http://astronomicon.info/Fanfilmawards.html
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