Submissions are now open for the first-ever Empire Con Fan Film Fest, celebrating STAR WARS fan films from around the globe. With submissions to be screened during Empire Con Los Angeles (6-8 December 2019), and featured exposure following the show at, festival submissions will gain an audience of fans of STAR WARS the world over.

Independently-produced feature-length and short films have been a part of the fabric of STAR WARS fandom since the original film's release, when HARDWARE WARS spoofed the blockbuster to the delight of global audiences. The tradition has continued for over four decades, with hundreds of productions spanning the "galaxy far, far away."

The Festival will showcase existing short films, feature-length productions, animated projects, and student filmmakers, as well as the entries of the inaugural 72-Hour Empire Con Film Race, where teams can register to compete for the unique honor of Best Original Fan Feature. Submissions to the Empire Con Fan Film Fest are free, and teams can enter the 72-Hour Empire Con Film Race with a $50 entry fee (which includes a full weekend pass to Empire Con).

The Festival is a component of Empire Con Los Angeles, the ultimate event for Star Wars fans and collectors. This three-day convention at the Marriott LAX celebrates all that is Star Wars, with opportunities to meet the saga's stars and creators, see props, costumes and much much more.

All submissions to the Empire Con Film Fest produced in the last two years will be eligible to compete for Best In Category awards for Features, Shorts, Animated Projects, Student Filmmakers, and Youth Filmmakers (age 18 and under). Professionals from across the film industry will judge the films and issue awards for each category, which will be announced in a special Main Stage panel on Sunday 8 December 2019.

The 2019 Empire Con Fan Film Festival

No submission fee. Full submission guidelines and registration form can be found at the following page:

Empire Con Fan Film Festival Rules & Registration

If you have a FilmFreeway account, you can also submit there:


The 2019 Empire Con 72-Hour Film Race

Do you and your team want to have the most challenging and fun week of your lives? Enter the Film Race. It's the podrace of filmmaking! It's the Kessel Run of cinema!

Full submission guidelines and registration form can be found at the following page:

Empire Con Fan 72-Hour Film Race Rules & Registration




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We are proud to announce that proceeds from this year’s Empire Con, will be going to the Peter Mayhew Foundation. Peter’s family has also chosen to have the official public memorial to him at our event (as announced on his social media on the day of his passing.) and we will have an exhibit set up with some scripts, images, film artifacts, and items from his personal collection. Finally, Empire Con will be facilitating a charity auction for the foundation with memorabilia, artwork, autographs, and more.

The Peter Mayhew Foundation has been and will continue to be Peter’s voice in the community. The Foundation has helped many individuals, families and other organizations over the years, smuggling supplies into Venezuela, supporting make-a-wish goals and augmenting their wishes, helping with housing during Hurricane Katrina, helping with children, children’s hospitals, finding transplants for kids, facilitating with families, recovery, and much more.

Peter’s memorial will be held Saturday afternoon and the auction will be held on Sunday. This year’s Empire Con LA, will be held at the Marriott LAX December 6th - 8th. We hope that you will join us for a very memorable experience.

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Stop by the dealers hall at The Los Angeles Empire Con to get your hands on everything Star Wars. Wether you are a serious poster collector, original toy collector or you collect trading cards, there will be something for you.

The Los Angeles Empire Con looks forward to welcoming cosplayers and costume groups of all levels of craftmanship.

There will be a tribute set up for the late Gary Kurtz at The Los Angeles Empire Con to celebrate his life and integral work on the creation of the Star Wars universe that we know and love.

At The Los Angeles Empire Con we will have a display set up as a tribute in honour of Kenny Baker and his role as the much loved R2-D2 and his career.

We are very excited to have the Beckett Authentication Services expert team at The Los Angeles Empire Con doing onsite authentication for your autographs.

At The Los Angeles Empire Con we will have a dedicated panel track for the toy collector. This will be filled with lots of interesting and exciting information.

While at The Los Angeles Empire Con you must make sure you check out our amazing display of original props and costumes! There will be a variety of items from the Star Wars universe, including some never before seen items!

A full schedule of talks will be taking place at The Los Angeles Empire Con in the main hall.

There will be autograph opportunities with the guests throughout the weekend at The Los Angeles Empire Con.

There will be a full schedule of photo shoots over the weekend for The Los Angeles Empire Con.

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