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Good news for all you creative types out there. After a three-year hiatus, the Star Wars Fan Film Awards are back! Submissions are being accepted now through January 16, 2015 – so it’s time to start brain-storming!

From the Official Site:

The Star Wars Fan Film Awards, a celebration of fan creativity inspired by a galaxy far, far away, are back! Entrants can submit their films now through January 16, 2015. The best selections in the categories of Animation, Non-Fiction, Comedy, Spirit of Fandom, Visual Effects, Audience Choice, and Filmmaker Select — chosen by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy — will screen in a special ceremony at the upcoming Star Wars Celebration event in Anaheim in April 2015.

“The Star Wars Fan Film Awards are a wonderful way for us to acknowledge the extraordinary talent and passion of our fans that have supported us throughout the years,” says Kennedy. “Since Star Wars has inspired so many to take up a camera and begin their own filmmaking careers, we’d like to share some of that inspiration with an audience and encourage those filmmakers to follow their bliss. I’m looking forward to witnessing the incredible creativity I know our fans are capable of!”

For more info, including the official rules and the “do’s and don’ts” of the contest, please visit starwarsfanfilmawards.com.

To view past winners, click here.

**UPDATE**

On the heels of that news comes the announcement of the release of the follow-up to 2010’s Emmy Award-winning fan-made video Star Wars Uncut. Read all about The Empire Strikes Back Uncut below:

The Empire Strikes Back Uncut, a fan-made crowdsourced mashup video of the iconic Star Wars sequel, debuts on StarWars.com alongside an announcement heralding the return of the Star Wars Fan Film Awards

The Emmy® Award winning Star Wars Uncut, which began as a labor of love by developer Casey Pugh and evolved into a massive internet project involving nearly a thousand fans, recreated the original Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope shot by shot with homespun footage contributed by amateur filmmakers around the world. Following its success, a sequel version for The Empire Strikes Back was announced with another call-out for submissions, this time garnering over 1,500 responses from fans sending short 15-second segments using their own actors, props, animation, artwork, or action figures to tell the story of The Empire Strikes Back. The result is a marvelous patchwork of styles and technique that is a humorous, inventive and affectionate homage to one of the Star Wars saga’s most beloved movies.

To watch The Empire Strikes Back Uncut, please visit http://www.starwars.com/esbuncut.

To watch the award-winning Star Wars Uncut, please visit http://www.starwarsuncut.com/newhope.

Thank you to Lucasfilm for additional text and links.

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