The 2015 Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards

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Forty-six years ago, when the original Star Trek television series ended its primetime run and went into syndication around the world, it found a new audience numbering in the millions.  Many of those fans eagerly wrote stories, painted artwork, created costumes and played "make-believe" with their friends as a way of celebrating—and claiming a small piece for themselves—the extraordinary universe created by Gene Roddenberry.

Thirty years later, the next generation of fans had the drive, ambition, skills and tools they needed to take their make-believe adventures off the printed page and out of the back yard and create their own live-action videos that they could share with other like-minded fans around the world on the Internet.  These independent Star Trek fan films have grown from low-budget, low-tech videos to spectacular productions on par with Hollywood's best.  They have emerged as an industry unto itself... an industry that is allowed to exist and thrive solely at the pleasure of the intellectual property owners, but prohibited from earning one red cent from its efforts.  Independent Star Trek fan film productions are the very epitome of a labor of love.

Over the last fifteen years, these films have increased in both quality and quantity, and the time has come to recognize their achievements in excellence by presenting an award devoted exclusively to them.  Treklanta introduced the Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards in 2015.  A distinguished panel of judges including Diana Dru Botsford, Peter David, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Michael DeMeritt and Susan Sackett reviewed the sixteen fan films released in calendar year 2014 that met the eligibility requirements for these awards.  Ballots included nine categories, including Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form; Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form; Best Director; Best Actor/Actress; Best Supporting Actor/Actress; Best Original Screenplay; Best Soundtrack; Best Visual Effects; and Best Production Design.  Long Form included fan films with a running time of 31 minutes or longer; Short Form fan films ran 30 minutes or less.  The nominated films and the winners of these awards, presented at Treklanta in April 2015, are listed below.
 
Eligibility Requirements for the 2015 Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards
To be eligible for consideration, an independent Star Trek fan film must:
1) Be a live-action dramatic presentation set in the Star Trek universe, not animated or CGI, or a satire or parody of Star Trek
2) Have "Based upon Star Trek, Created by Gene Roddenberry" (or similar) in the title sequence or opening credits*
3) Have been released to the Internet (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) during calendar year 2015, and
4) Have an entry on IMDb.com with full cast and crew credits listed**

  * This requirement may be waived under certain circumstances and at the sole discretion of Treklanta
** For awards presented to individuals, nominees must be listed on those films' IMDb page
 
Panel of Judges for the 2015 Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards
For information about our panel of judges, please visit the Panel of Judges page.
 
The 2015 Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards Nominees
 
Release Date & IMDb Link
  
Series Name & Web Site Link
Episode Title & Online Video Link
Run Time
1   "Lolani"
0:50:54
2   "The Night the Stars Fell from the Sky"
0:54:46
3   "The Inquiry"
0:16:25
4   "Rise of the Gongdea"
0:35:09
5   "The Tressaurian Intersection"
0:51:46
6   "Supply and Demand"
0:22:23
7   "Fairest of Them All"
0:40:33
8   "Star Trek Encounters Silence of the Lambs"
0:09:45
9   "Legacy"
0:19:47
10   "Command Decision"
0:06:14
11   "Prelude to Axanar"
0:21:09
12   "Conspiracy of Innocence"
0:37:19
13   "Stalemate"
0:06:17
14  

"Dorothy's Awesome Shuttlecraft Adventure"

0:22:26
15   "Holding Pattern"
0:12:14
16   "Mind-Sifter"
1:17:38
           
The 2015 Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards Winners
CATEGORY
  PRODUCTION/FILM
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
  Star Trek: Axanar
Scott Cobb
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
  Star Trek: Axanar
Stefan Bellersheim, Al Dinelt, Adam Howard, Tommy Kraft, Koji Kuramura, Thomas Loeder, Chris Martin, Jennifer Marx, Oliver Nikelowski, Tobias Richter, Ali Ries, Arnold Sakowski, Trent Smith, Greg Stitz, Dan Uyeno, Enrico Weinert
BEST SOUNDTRACK
  Star Trek: Axanar
Alexander Bornstein (Composer), Frank Se
rafine (Supervising Sound Designer/Editor), Jesse Akins (Sound Designer), Ramsey Mellette (Sound Mixer)
BEST ORIGINAL STORY OR SCREENPLAY
  Star Trek: Axanar, "Prelude to Axanar"
Christian Gossett, Alec Peters
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR OR ACTRESS
  Clay Sayre as "Kor"
Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II, "Mind-Sifter"
BEST ACTOR OR ACTRESS
  Vic Mignogna as "Captain James T. Kirk"
Star Trek Continues
BEST DIRECTOR
  Christian Gossett
Star Trek: Axanar
, "Prelude to Axanar"
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM
  Star Trek: Axanar, "Prelude to Axanar"
Alec Peters
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM
  Star Trek Continues, "Fairest of Them All"
Vic Mignogna
 
Summary
Star Trek: Axanar won six of nine awards (Best Production Design; Best Visual Effects; Best Soundtrack; Best Original Story or Screenplay; Best Director and Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form), Star Trek Continues won two awards (Best Actor or Actress and Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form) and Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II won one award (Best Supporting Actor or Actress).
The 2015 Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards Ceremony
Left to right: Orion Stage Girl Jillanna Babb, Guest of Honor and awards presenter Anne Lockhart, Treklanta Chairman and awards co-host Eric L. Watts, Treklanta Star Trek Programming Director and awards co-host Brian Holloway, Guest of Honor and awards judge Keith R. A. DeCandido, Guest of Honor and awards presenter Sean Kenney, Guest of Honor and multiple award winner Alec Peters of Star Trek: Axanar, Axanar's Fulfillment Director Diana Kingsbury, Guest of Honor and awards presenter Jason Carter, Featured Guest and award winner Clay Sayre of Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II, and Orion Stage Girl Ashley White.