BJO FAN FILM AWARD WINNERS for 2018 announced!

For the past four years, the annual TREKLANTA Convention has hosted an awards ceremony for the best Star Trek fan films released during the previous year.  Initially called the “Independent Star Trek Film Awards,” the name was shorted to “The Bjo Awards” last year in honor of Bjo Trimble, the woman credited with saving Star Trek from an early cancellation by NBC by coordinating the great letter-writing campaign back in 1968.

The Bjo’s for 2018 were awarded this past weekend in a variety of categories (see the full entry rules here).  Each category had four-to-six finalists selected from the following list of 21 nominees:

Release Date Run Time Series Name Episode
1/1/17 0:14:58 Star Trek: Natures Hunger Sting of the Prosecution
1/4/17 0:30:05 Starship Tristan Between Two Worlds
1/11/17 0:08:26 Starship Intrepid Duty of Care
1/13/17 0:11:33 Starship Deimos No Greater Love
2/1/17 0:20:42 Chance Encounter
2/10/17 0:07:49 Starship Tristan Seeing Red
2/20/17 0:57:20 Quark’s Space Station Too Much Traffic
4/2/17 0:54:11 Star Trek Continues Still Treads the Shadow
4/4/17 0:14:17 Starship Tristan Departures
4/29/17 0:15:00 Survivors
5/26/17 0:14:09 Starship Deimos The Archive
7/30/17 0:49:13 Star Trek Continues What Ships Are For
7/31/17 0:14:31 Starship Tristan The Monsters Are With Us
8/13/17 0:07:56 Starship Tristan The Voice of Your Blood
8/18/17 0:28:20 The Federation Files Extraction
9/8/17 0:12:18 The Derelict
10/18/17 0:46:34 Star Trek Continues To Boldly Go, Part I
11/13/17 0:58:10 Star Trek Continues To Boldly Go, Part II
12/14/17 0:05:47 Starship Triton New Orders
12/29/17 0:10:13 Star Trek: The Mirror Frontier
12/30/17 0:13:35 The Federation Files Walking Bear, Running Wolf

You might have noticed that all four Star Trek Continues episodes from 2017 are on this list, meaning that there was definitely an 800-pound mugato to contend with this past year (four mugatos, in fact!).  As such, many of the results below might not seem all that unexpected.  That said, there were still a couple of surprises.

Also, I’d like to add, on a personal note, that who won isn’t as important as who participated and, most of all, that these awards are given out annually in the first place.  All Star Trek fan films are worthy of our respect and celebration because, whether slick and polished or just grass roots with some soil showing, these productions each resulted from hard work, dedication, and love Star Trek.

So if you haven’t seen some of the nominees above, think about clicking on a few of the links.  You just might be pleasantly surprised!

By the way, a big thank you to Treklanta coordinator ERIC L. WATTS for organizing the Bjo Awards and for supplying me with the list of nominees, finalists, and winners And also the photo at the bottom)…


BEST SPECIAL & VISUAL EFFECTS

FINALISTS
Star Trek Continues  Still Treads the Shadow
Star Trek Continues  To Boldly Go, Part I
Star Trek Continues  To Boldly Go, Part II
Star Trek Continues  What Ships Are For
 Survivors

WINNER
Star Trek Continues  To Boldly Go, Part II
Marc Bell, Stephen Bailey, Daniel Dod, Gabriel Koerner, Michael Struck, Matt Boardman, John Knoll, Tom Martinek, Kenneth Thomson, Jr.


BEST SOUND DESIGN, EDITING & MIXING

FINALISTS
Star Trek Continues  Still Treads the Shadow
Star Trek Continues  To Boldly Go, Part I
Star Trek Continues  To Boldly Go, Part II
Star Trek Continues  What Ships Are For
Starship Tristan  Between Two Worlds
Survivors

WINNER
Star Trek Continues  To Boldly Go, Part II
Stephen Cevallos, Ralph M. Miller, Dan Scanlan, Michelle Sile


BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC

FINALISTS
Star Trek Continues  To Boldly Go, Part I
Star Trek Continues  What Ships Are For
Starship Intrepid  Duty of Care
Starship Tristan  Departures
The Federation Files  Walking Bear, Running Wolf

WINNER
The Federation Files  Walking Bear, Running Wolf
Konora, Dan R. Reynolds


BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

FINALISTS
Star Trek Continues  To Boldly Go, Part I
Star Trek Continues  To Boldly Go, Part II
Star Trek Continues  What Ships Are For

Starship Intrepid  Duty of Care
The Derelict

WINNER
Star Trek Continues  To Boldly Go, Part II
Genie Bolet, Crystal Broedel, Amanda Denkler, Lisa Hansell, Monique Paredes, Thomas E. Surprenant, Matthew Turull, Tim Vittetoe, Aubrey Warner, Randilee Warner, Hillary Warren


BEST COSTUMING

FINALISTS
Star Trek Continues  To Boldly Go, Part II
Star Trek Continues  Still Treads the Shadow
Star Trek Continues  What Ships Are For
Starship Intrepid  Duty of Care
The Derelict

WINNER
Star Trek Continues  To Boldly Go, Part II
Ginger Holley, Hannah Barucky, Nora Brand, Michelle Brooks, Hiba Faouri, Miguel A. Moreta


BEST GUEST ACTOR OR ACTRESS

FINALISTS
Nicola Bryant as Lana
Star Trek Continues  To Boldly Go, Part II

John de Lancie as Galisti
Star Trek Continues  What Ships Are For

Anne Lockhart as Thaius
Star Trek Continues  What Ships Are For

Elizabeth Maxwell as Sekara
Star Trek Continues  What Ships Are For

Amy Rydell as Romulan Commander
Star Trek Continues  To Boldly Go, Part ITo Boldly Go, Part II

WINNER
Amy Rydell as Romulan Commander
Star Trek Continues  
To Boldly Go, Part I” & “To Boldly Go, Part II


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR OR ACTRESS

FINALISTS

Kipleigh Brown as Smith
Star Trek Continues  To Boldly Go, Part II

Grant Imahara as Sulu
Star Trek Continues  To Boldly Go, Part II

Michele Specht as McKennah
Star Trek Continues  What Ships Are ForTo Boldly Go, Part I

M. Brooke Wilkins as Kira
Quark’s Space Station  Too Much Traffic

WINNER
Michele Specht as McKennah
Star Trek Continues  What Ships Are ForTo Boldly Go, Part I


BEST LEAD ACTOR OR ACTRESS

FINALISTS

Christopher Doohan as Mr. Scott
Star Trek Continues  To Boldly Go, Part I

Todd Haberkorn as Mr. Spock
Star Trek Continues Still Treads the Shadow” & “To Boldly Go, Part II

Roisin McCallum as Parker
Starship Intrepid  Duty of Care

Vic Mignogna as Captain James T. Kirk
Star Trek Continues  What Ships Are For“,
To Boldly Go, Part I” & “To Boldly Go, Part II

Hayward Morse as Dr. Goode
Chance Encounter

WINNER
Vic Mignogna as Captain James T. Kirk
Star Trek Continues  What Ships Are For“,
To Boldly Go, Part I” & “To Boldly Go, Part II


BEST DIRECTOR

FINALISTS

Matthew Lee Blackburn
Survivors

Nicholas J. Cook
Starship Intrepid  Duty of Care

Julian Higgins
Star Trek Continues Still Treads the Shadow

James Kerwin
Star Trek Continues  To Boldly Go, Part II

Vic Mignogna
Star Trek Continues  What Ships Are For

Aaron Vanderkley
The Derelict

WINNER
Vic Mignogna
Star Trek Continues  What Ships Are For


BEST ORIGINAL STORY OR SCREENPLAY

FINALISTS

Paul Laight, Gary O’Brien
Chance Encounter

Robert J. Sawyer, Vic Mignogna, James Kerwin
Star Trek Continues  To Boldly Go, Part I

Robert J. Sawyer, Vic Mignogna, James Kerwin
Star Trek Continues  To Boldly Go, Part II

Kipleigh Brown, Vic Mignogna, James Kerwin
Star Trek Continues  What Ships Are For

Aaron Vanderkley
The Derelict

WINNER
Kipleigh Brown, Vic Mignogna, James Kerwin
Star Trek Continues  What Ships Are For


BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM

FINALISTS
Chance Encounter
Star Trek: The Mirror Frontier
Starship DeimosThe Archive
Starship Intrepid  Duty of Care
Survivor
The Derelict

WINNER
The Derelict
Aaron Vanderkley


BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM

FINALISTS
Quark’s Space Station  Too Much Traffic
Star Trek Continues  To Boldly Go, Part I
Star Trek Continues  To Boldly Go, Part II
Star Trek Continues  What Ships Are For
Starship Tristan  Between Two Worlds

WINNER
Star Trek Continues  To Boldly Go, Part II
Vic Mignogna, Steven Dengler


In attendance at TREKLANTA holding BJO AWARDS (from left): Treklanta Chairman and Bjo Awards producer Eric L. Watts, Star Trek Continues costume designer Ginger Holley, Star Trek Continues cast member Donald Hustón, Star Trek Continues script supervisor Kade Wilson, Treklanta Director and Bjo Awards MC Brian Holloway, Best Original Music award winner Dan R. Reynolds, Treklanta Guest of Honor and Bjo Award presenter Robert O’Reilly

17 thoughts on “BJO FAN FILM AWARD WINNERS for 2018 announced!”

  1. I want to say to everyone who see this is a real big THANK YOU for all of your work on your story of all part of star trek there.
    I Kenny Smith like to see much more about this subject here.

  2. So the elephant in the room wins most of the awards…..go figure…..congrats to all the winners and nominees. Your hard work keeping trek fan films alive is greatly appreciated.

    1. Well, the same thing kinda happened in 2015 when Prelude to Axanar was a nominee. But next years’ awards won’t have the “big guns” and should hopefully show a bit more diversity in the winners. That said, STC really earned every award it won.

  3. I dare to say: Star Trek: The Mirror Frontier and Quark’s Space Station “Too Much Traffic” were two black horses in this year Bjos finale, as I see. Congrats for authors of both.

    But I have a question… Why 4-th episode of Quark’s Space Station wasn’t on nominees list?

  4. I’m almost 9 minutes into “What are Ships for?” and I’m at the point where I can only watch no more than 60 seconds at a time (from the episode that won ‘best story/screenplay,’ mind you) and at this point after watching Vic and John Delancie the one thing that came to mind is:

    The Grandson: Hold it, hold it. What is this? Are you trying to trick me? . . . Is this a kissing book?
    Grandpa: Wait, just wait.
    The Grandson: Well, WHEN DOES IT GET GOOD?

    I’ll have to wait a few more hours before I can watch another minute. But really, when does it get good?

    1. 31:51.

      But don’t skip ahead. Fight your way through. The first half is VERY slow and plodding. But it’s worth it when you finally reach the last scene. The ending is VERY classic Star Trek…almost like the ending of one of the original 79 episodes. Let me know what you think when you finish it.

      1. Still struggling to get through, but I did manage to get up to 30:30. Other than the violation of the prime directive at 25:40 and the incredible slowness up to this point (I’m thinking like Crow T. Robot here: “Hey, it should be called ‘What are PLOTS for!!'” and when I try to imagine an invasion of ‘Obecians’ I can only picture a gaggle of fat white guys spreading diabetes as a form of some kind of STD . . . . Yeah, I know, but it’s hard to get that image out of my mind . . . . .)

        Maybe I’ll finish tomorrow or over the weekend.

        Strength and Honor.

  5. Aye yi yi. First 30 minutes: WAY over-developed; last 15 minutes: very underdeveloped to where I was being ‘jerked’ out of the story from logic flaws.

    SPOILER ALERT:
    To me there was a crucial scene missing: As edited once the Highlains saw color they would have NO reference that purple hair = Obecians and (IMHO) would not automatically make that link 5 seconds after their cone cells turned on. An added scene where an Obecian shuttle is shot down, survivors are captured (say in Act I or Act II) and when color is restored (ACT III or IV) all prisoners have purple hair implies all purple hair people on Highlia are Obecians. NOW there’s a causal link.

    When Council Leader John Delancie then remains a bigoted dork-head all Kirk has to do is then threaten to give the Highlians what they want: pull all Obecians off Delancie’s world, give Federation aid to Obecia, NO AID to Highlia (Per Prime Directive) , so Highlia has to choose: either get what they really wish for (no aliens) and keep falling behind in technology to Obecia as the Federation props up the latter OR live in peace with their friends they’ve known for years (even though they’re aliens) and stop being bigoted dick-heads.

    I’m thinking Vic was so busy being actor/producer he skimped on the writing part of being a showrunner. Seriously, I think it needed another pass in the writing room. But that’s just me. 🙂

    1. I don’t think it was just the purple hair but also the skin color. But yeah, if you wanted to poke that particular hole, you could. Of course, in “The Enemy Within,” they could simply have sent down a shuttlecraft or beamed down hundreds of more blankets. So it’s not like TOS was infallible either.

      As for your solution of the Federation’s “ultimatum,” I don’t think that’s what Kirk is all about. Force the Highlians almost at gunpoint to cooperate? Make them “an offer they can’t refuse”? That’s not the Star Trek way. Better to let them decide for themselves to work WITH their enemies and find common ground.

      Anyway, for me, the point of the episode was, of course, to point to our own xenophobia here in the U.S. and make us take a look at it through the “safe mirror” of science fiction. Was the metaphor a little hit-you-over-the-head-with-a-hammer? Yeah? So was “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield.” But that was still the heart of what Star Trek offered back in the 1960s.

      I’m sorry you didn’t like the episode, David. But there’s still ten others from STC, so it’s not a total loss…unless you didn’t like any of those either! 🙂

  6. Oh, and what I think really doesn’t matter because it won the award for writing, anyway, but I just thought it could have been better.

    But then if it was better, then CBS would get their undies in a twist and would have balked at the episode coming in at 46 minutes. So like the cabin boy, maybe this rum was “just right.”

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