Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager received the coveted George Lucas Selects Award on Sunday night in the "Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge" presented by Lucasfilm Ltd. and AtomFilms.
The five-minute comedy short by Aaron Yonda and Matt Sloan, featuring Darth Vader's younger brother as a grocery store clerk, will make its television debut at 11:25 p.m. ET/PT tonight on Spike TV.
Chad Vader and other Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge finalists - including seven other award recipients - were honored at the Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge awards at Star Wars Celebration IV in Los Angeles, which marks the 30th anniversary of the original theatrical release of Star Wars. All of the competition's official selections are now available for viewing at the official Fan Movie Challenge site: http://starwars.atomfilms.com, and at the official Star Wars website: http://www.starwars.com.
George Lucas said, "We've had a lot of entrants this year. It's been a tough and intense judging process. We have decided that the winner this year is Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager, by Matt Sloan and Aaron Yoda -- oh, that's not right -- Yonda."
"Thanks to the incredible passion and creativity of Star Wars fans, and the support of our partners at Lucasfilm and Spike TV, this year's Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge was another major success," said AtomFilms General Manager Scott Roesch. "We are proud to honor Aaron Yonda, Matt Sloan and our other award recipients, and bring their movies to fans online and on Spike TV."
This year's Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge received a record-breaking number of submissions from five continents between March and May 2007, and 19 movies were designated as official selections by judges at Lucasfilm and AtomFilms. Seven awards of merit were given, with "Forced Alliance" taking double honors, earning both the Audience Choice Award (based on the AtomFilms audience's vote) and the Best Fan Fiction/Drama award.
The 2007 Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge awards are:
-- George Lucas Selects: Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager, by Aaron Yonda and Matt Sloan
-- Audience Choice: Forced Alliance, by Spearshield
-- Best Comedy: The Eyes of Darth Tater, by Lee Vehe
-- Best Fan Fiction/Drama: Forced Alliance, by Spearshield
-- Best Action: Essence of the Force, by Pat Kerby
-- Best Animation: IG-88: The Dancing Robot, by Anton Bogaty
-- Best Short Subject: An Incident at Toshi Station, by Mike McMahan
The Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge continues! AtomFilms and Lucasfilm are currently accepting entries for the next phase of the competition, and Spike TV will air new fan movies periodically throughout the year. For more information please visit the official "Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge" website at starwars.atomfilms.com.
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