Welcome to the First Annual Forrest
J Ackerman Fan Film Awards!! This competition will be open to
all amateur filmmakers. But I don't think the term "amateur"
really applies anymore. With the advent of technology, fen can
now produce films that rival the big Hollywood film companies.
So we decided that there should be
some way to honor these films and filmmakers. Hence the Forrest
J Ackerman Fan Film Awards. So we talked to Forry and he said
we could use his name. Who better than the man who is fandom himself.
With a win here, maybe that could be just the thing you need to
get that big Hollywood contract to make feature length movies.
For those of you who may not know
who Forry J Ackerman is, he has been active in fandom from the beginning.
He is the founding father of Famous
Monsters of Filmland Magazine, the creator
of the character Vampirella, one of the
original members of First
Fandom, he has been agent to some of
the greats of science fiction literature, and he has inspired
filmmakers like George Lucas, John Landis, Steven Spielburg, and
Tim Burton just to name a few. He is well known for his collection
of science fiction and fantasy movie memorabilia that he had garnered
over the many years. Because of his this, Forry has appeared in
over one hundred movies, and has known some of the great actors
of the day like Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, and Vincent price,
just to name a few of them.
HOW TO ENTER:
There will be eight (8) categories
and two divisions. The divisions are:
Films over 45 minutes in length.
Short Form: Films under 45 minutes in length.
THE CATEGORIES ARE:
Science Fiction: Films in this category should contain some basic
science fiction tropes like interstellar space travel, robots,
aliens, or time travel. Movies like Logans Run, Star Wars, or
First Men in the Moon are examples of science fiction movies.
Films in this category should make use of the elements of magic,
fantastical creatures and sword and sorcery types of tropes. Movies
like Robin Hood, King Arthur, or Lord of the Rings are examples
of these types of movies.
Films in this category should have elements of your standard horror
movie. Monsters, vampires, ghosts, and haunted houses are all
example of some of the horror tropes. Movies like Carrie, Scream,
and Frankenstein are all examples of this type of movie.
Comic Book Related: Films in this category should have some relationship
to a comic book character or setting. Movies about characters
like Batman, Vision or locations like Skull Island, or Mongo are
examples of what can be used in this type of movie.
Films in this category must have elements of fannish activities
in them. Interviews with authors, artists, masquerades, conventions,
or any fannish activity are things that should be in a film in
the fannish category.
Series Inspired: Films in this category are inspired from some
television show or movie series. The original setting may be movies
or shows like Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, or Buffy
the Vampire Slayer. But the ensuing idea for nomination in this
category must be original.
in this category, while also capable of being nominated in one
or more of the other categories, must have over 75% of it's action,
characters, or backgrounds animated in some way. Stop motion,
clay, puppets, or CGI are all forms that are suitable in this
category. Movies like Wizard of Speed and Time, Wallace and Gromit
and Nightmare Before Christmas are examples of this type of movie.
Music Video: Take your favorite piece of music, and put a
fannish spin on it. Tom Pettys "Don't Come Around Here No
More"uses an Alice in Wonderland theme. Almost anything by
Weird Al Yankovic has a fannish spin to it. These are the examples
of things you can put to music.
This will be a juried competition.
We will have judges from fandom, writers, and professional film
people on the jury. So far our judges are:
We are still in the process of gathering
a few more judges. Other judges will be announced at a later date.
We require all submissions to be either
on VHS videotape or DVD. It should also be formatted for NTSC
broadcast standards. Works submitted will not be returned to you.
All films submitted should have been produced from January 1,
2012 until December 31, 2012.
All submissions must be accompanied
by a $20 entry fee. The entry fee will be used to cover administrative
expenses related to the preview of each entry. You can send a
check, bank draft or money order in American funds to:
Selection of the films that will make
it to the final round of judging will be made by the judges. If
there are too many submissions an independent selection committee
will be appointed to view all submissions for pre selection and
final selection. Once that is done all final selection will be
done by our judges. Decisions of the judges and selection committee
will be final. All films submitted will be shown in our fan film
room during Astronomicon.
Finalists will be notified by e-mail
and or snail mail of the selection results approximately one month
before the awards. Finalists will recieve free admission to Astronomicon
and the awards banquet.
We are still in the design process
of what the award will look like, but we hope all the winners
will be pleased. If you have a design that you think will fit
the awards we would be more than happy to see it. You can e-mail
us at: Fanfilms@astronomicon.info.
Below are two links to the forms needed
to submit your film. Just e-mail the completed forms to:
Rules and Regulations:
1). Films submitted must have been
completed before December 31, 2005.
2). Films submitted in the "short" category must not
exceed 45 minutes in length including credits.
3). Any non-English language film must have English subtitles
4). Films should be submitted in either DVD or VHS NTSC formats
5). Films submitted for viewing at the convention should also
be in either VHS or DVD NTSC formats.
6). Preview Tapes or DVD's will not be returned.
7). Illegible or incomplete entry forms will not be accepted.
Please type or print your entry form clearly.
8). Submissions cannot be withdrawn once they have been entered,
except at the discretion of the con or judging committee.
9). All films may be excerpted up to 2 minutes to use for publicity
10). A Separate entry form and entrance fee must accompany each
11). Preview tapes and DVD's must be labeled with the title, running
time, and contact information. Do not send film prints, video
masters or any other originals.
12). After entry, acceptance/rejection letters will be sent electronically.
Please supply an email address.
What we're trying to do is to provide
that little bit of ego boo that might you might be able to parley
into something good. If we can help any fan film producer get
their big break, or just get their work a little more publicity
then we've done a good thing.