The First Annual 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.

The 2015 Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards Panel of Judges
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.

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
    Star Trek Continues "Lolani"
0:50:54
    Project: Potemkin "The Night the Stars Fell from the Sky"
0:54:46
    Star Trek: Rendezvous "The Inquiry"
0:16:25
    Star Trek: Secret Voyage "Rise of the Gongdea"
0:35:09
    Starship Exeter "The Tressaurian Intersection"
0:51:46
    Star Trek: Reliant "Supply and Demand"
0:22:23
    Star Trek Continues "Fairest of Them All"
0:40:33
    Star Trek Natures Hunger "Star Trek Encounters Silence of the Lambs"
0:09:45
    Starship Valiant "Legacy"
0:19:47
    Project: Potemkin "Command Decision"
0:06:14
    Star Trek: Axanar "Prelude to Axanar"
0:21:09
    Starship Farragut "Conspiracy of Innocence"
0:37:19
    Star Trek: Reliant "Stalemate"
0:06:17
    Star Trek Natures Hunger

"Dorothy's Awesome Shuttlecraft Adventure"

0:22:26
    Project: Potemkin "Holding Pattern"
0:12:14
    Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II "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 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  
Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II, "Mind-Sifter"
Clay Sayre as "Kor"
BEST ACTOR OR ACTRESS  
Star Trek Continues
Vic Mignogna as "Capt. James T. Kirk"
BEST DIRECTOR  
Star Trek: Axanar, "Prelude to Axanar"
Christian Gossett
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

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.