"Saber of Ra" is an entry in Hasbro's "Show Us Your Lightsaber" contest. This contest closed to new entries on 3/12/07. Entrants were to make a one minute video demonstrating alternate uses for the new Force-Action lightsaber, which extends and activates at the push of a button. (Ah, the new millennium) The top prize is a trip for 4 to CIV, along with hotel accommodations and $500 spending money. But click on the video to view it, and go to the group on YouTube to view and rate all of the 45 posted videos. While the contest is judged, your ratings may be taken into account in the judging (taking place on or about 3/23/07), so you can at least still possibly affect the outcome. And you can get a chuckle out of entries ranging from lame to pretty darn good.
The Official Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge is what Atom Films is now calling their contest that results in the Fan Film Awards at Celebration IV. In partnership with Lucasfilm, their competition accepts Fan Films in various categories for consideration in multiple categories. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2007. There is no longer a monetary prize this year. The winning films basically get exposure and honors, ranging from posting on the Atom Films site, an airing on Spike TV, and exhibition at Celebration IV as part of the Fan Film slate. Read more about the contest, and its production guidelines and deadlines as well as the various award and honors at stake on the Atom Films site.
The Wizards of the Coast Star Wars Miniatures Epic Battles Contest is open to entrants 13 and up and calls for photos and descriptions of dioramas built by contestants using Star Wars Miniatures or Starship Battles game pieces. Dioramas will be judged on creativity and diversity of characters, and three winners will be selected to travel to Celebration IV with their models, where they will be judged by attendees of the convention on the same criteria. One Grand Prize Winner will be selected to win a package of miniatures from the entire 2007 line of WotC Star Wars miniatures. Read more about it on the Wizards of the Coast site.
Master Replicas is about to announce their Force FX Combat Trials. Word is that entrants will be selected to perform their saberfighting routines using FX sabers at CIV. It's likely that these finalists will have come through a YouTube-based video submission process. Full info as soon as it is available...
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