First off, a very happy 56th anniversary of Star Trek to all of you!
And now, I am very excited (and somewhat relieved!) to announce the winners of the inaugural 2022 Star Trek Fan Film SHOWRUNNER AWARDS. I say relieved because 1) it was waaaaay more work than I ever expected it would be, and 2) everything went more smoothly than I could have possibly imagined.
And for the latter, I have to give my sincere thanks to my panel of judges, each a showrunner of at least one fan film or series. These eleven judges (plus me) each watched just about 13 HOURS of Star Trek fan films! Many of them took notes as they watched, and all of them submitted their ballots in 18 categories prior to my deadline for them of August 15—giving me enough time to record and tally the vote totals, check them twice (like Santa Claus does), and get the certificates ready.
I would like to, once again, thank all of the judges and list them here by name…
- SAMUEL COCKINGS (Trek Shorts)
- GARY DAVIS (Dreadnought Dominion)
- JOSHUA IRWIN (Avalon Universe)
- PAUL JACQUES (Raincross)
- MARK LARGENT (Stalled Trek)
- MIKE LONGO (Star Trek Fan Productions International)
- VANCE MAJOR (Constar)
- FRANK PARKER, JR. (Project: Gemini)
- DAN REYNOLDS (The Federation Files)
- GLEN L. WOLFE (The Federation Files)
- RANDY WRENN (Dreadnought Dominion)
Most of these judges unavoidably had fan films of their own entered, and so the rule was this: each judge had to select their top five choices in each category—their choices being worth 10 points for #1, 7 points for #2, 5 points for #3, 3 points for #4, and 1 point for #5. No judge was allowed to rank a fan film that they worked on among their top three choices. This kept them from “playing favorites” while also not penalizing them completely for agreeing to be a judge.
In the end, this process seemed to work out very well, and we had a very nice variety in winners. In other words, the same two or three fan films didn’t sweep all of the categories. In fact, out of 38 total entries, nearly half of them (16 films) won in at least one category. Granted, strong fan films would rack up high scores with lots of 7’s and 10’s, but lower scores of 5’s, 3’s, and even some 1’s often made the difference between coming in first, second, or third place…or just barely missing the cut.
Speaking of which, remember that each category will have THREE winners: Admiral Award, Captain Award, and Commander Award, for the aforementioned first, second, and third places, respectfully. (Note, there is also a special Cadet Award at the bottom of this blog.)Continue reading “Announcing the 2022 Star Trek Fan Film SHOWRUNNER Award WINNERS!”