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Star Wars fans struck in face by movie challenge gauntlet

15/03/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Lucasfilm has teamed up with AtomFilms and Spike TV for the launch of the Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge. Challenge award recipients will be unveiled at the Star Wars Celebration IV fan event in Los Angeles May 24th to 28th, 2007.

The Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge is a new phase in a partnership between Lucasfilm and AtomFilms to celebrate the best in fan-made videos and animations. Past programs have thrown up gumf such as Star Wars Gangsta Rap, Pink Five and Pitching Lucas.

The Challenge's top submissions are to be judged by George Lucas, staffers at Lucasfilm and AtomFilms, as well as the voting of online viewers.

"I'm very happy we're continuing this event, which we began in 2002, because out of the current crop of young moviemakers it's quite possible we'll find some of tomorrow's best writers, producers and directors," Star Wars' George Lucas boasted to SFcrowsnest.

"Star Wars is an institution and Spike TV is thrilled to join forces with Lucasfilm and AtomFilms," added Kevin Kay of Spike TV. "As television partner for the Challenge, Spike will extend Star Wars fans' devotion beyond the digital arena by celebrating on-air this incredible movie franchise and showcasing content from its passionate fans."

The initial phase of the Challenge culminates May 24th-28th 2007 at Lucasfilm's Star Wars CELEBRATION IV convention in Los Angeles, which commemorates the 30th anniversary of the release of Star Wars. Challenge award recipients will be announced and screened during the five days of CELEBRATION IV festivities. Spike TV will give viewers a front-row seat to all the action with on-air programming partially featuring some of the Fan Movie Challenge's best entries. Further details will be announced later this spring.

Previously called the Star Wars Fan Film Awards, the name of this program was changed to reflect the fact that most of the submissions are shot, edited and submitted, digitally. As Steve Sansweet over at Lucasfilm noted, "There really isn't any 'film' being reviewed anymore. Just as with the Star Wars movies themselves, our annual competition has proudly entered the digital age."

Bung your poorly-animated dancing Star Wars lego figure clips across to http://starwars.atomfilms.com

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