Fan Film Festival & Film Race

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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