There are a lot of film festivals out there, but very few of them have a category specifically for FAN FILMS where you only compete against other fan films. That “levels the playing field”—at least a little bit—as a fair amount of independent films are made by people with more experience (and often more funding) than your typical fan film.
Last year, two film festivals stepped forward to offer categories exclusively for fan films to enter. One was the Berlin Sci-fi Filmfest (open to English-language fan films). That one was extra special for me personally, as the fan film I co-wrote and co-produced, Prelude to Ax’d-We-Are, actually won for best fan film! (Somehow, we even beat out Prelude to Axanar, which we were parodying, along with a South African Blade Runner fan film with some great acting, and an all-in-French Star Wars fan film with awesome visual effects).
The other film festival with a specific “fan film” category is the the IndieBOOM! Festival, where the film that gets the most views on their website and ROKU app actually wins $500 in cash! (Last year, among many independent films, the winner was a Star Wars fan film from Mexico!) There is also a jury-selected film that gets a prize, and all entries with the most votes/views in their category will get a one year non-exclusive streaming contract with Brooklyn On Demand for a worldwide audience!
So get your fan films entered TODAY!
HOW TO ENTER
Click here to enter the Berlin Sci-fi Filmfest by August 1st (regular deadline) for $30. Enter by September 10 for the late deadline fee of $40. Maximum run-time: 60 minutes. There is no restriction for what year the fan film was released or whether or not it was on YouTube. All are welcome.
Click here to enter the IndieBOOM! Festival by August 10th for an early bird discount of $35. Enter by September 10 for the normal $45 fee. Maximum run-time: 40 minutes. There is no restriction for what year the fan film was released or whether or not it was on YouTube. All are welcome.