The 2017 Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards

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Forty-eight 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-two 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 seventeen 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 winners of these awards were presented at Treklanta in April 2015 and are listed here.

The nine original categories were reevaluated following the 2015 awards ceremony and some important changes were made.  For 2016, a total of thirteen categories were established, including Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (>30 min.); Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form (<30 min.); Best Original Story/Screenplay; Best Director; Best Lead Actor/Actress; Best Supporting Actor/Actress; Best Guest Actor/Actress; Best Production Design; Best Costuming; Best Hairstyling & Makeup; Best Original Music; Best Sound Design, Editing & Mixing; and Best Special & Visual Effects.  Judges for the 2016 Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards included Diana Dru Botsford, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Ken Feinberg, Matthew M. Foster, Andrew Greenberg, David Orange, Emmett Plant and Rick Sternbach.  Seventeen independent Star Trek fan films released during calendar year 2015 were reviewed by our panel of judges, and the winners of these awards were presented at Treklanta in April 2016 and are listed here.

In 2016, Treklanta was privileged to have the iconic Bjo Trimble—champion of the letter-writing campaign that saved the original Star Trek series, author of The Star Trek Concordance and On the Good Ship Enterprise, and she who led the campaign to have NASA's first space orbiter renamed 'USS Enterprise'—and her husband John as Guests of Honor and presenters at the second annual Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards Ceremony.  At the end of the ceremony, Mrs. Trimble told Treklanta chairman Eric L. Watts how impressed she was with the awards program and its mission to recognize outstanding achievement in excellence among independent Star Trek fan films, and thanked all those who were involved in their creation, production and presentation.  Mr. Watts, in return, asked Mrs. Trimble if she would consider personally endorsing these awards and allowing us to name them after her, in her honor.  After a moment of humble modesty, she graciously agreed to lend her name to these awards.  We are delighted to have her support and endorsement of these awards and are pleased to be able to add them to her legacy as "The Godmother of Star Trek Fandom."

For 2017, the category of Best Production Design was eliminated for two reasons.  First, our panel of judges for the 2016 awards expressed their belief that comparing the production design of some series which were nearly exact reproductions of the original Star Trek series with other series who created new, if not derivative, sets and costumes was somewhat unfair; and second, only a handful of the fan films released during 2016 listed one or more production designers in their onscreen and/or IMDb credits, making it difficult, if not impossible, to identify the person(s) responsible for their production design.  Accordingly, that category has been removed from the awards ballot.  The twelve award categories for 2017 were Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (>30 min.); Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form (<30 min.); Best Original Story or Screenplay; Best Director; Best Lead Actor or Actress; Best Supporting Actor or Actress; Best Guest Actor or Actress; Best Costuming; Best Hairstyling & Makeup; Best Original Music; Best Sound Design, Editing & Mixing; and Best Special & Visual Effects.  Judges for the Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards included Diana Dru Botsford, Keith R. A. DeCandido, John DeSentis, Matthew M. Foster, Andrew Greenberg, Robert Greenberger, Cheralyn Lambeth and Archie H. Waugh.  Thirty-three independent Star Trek fan films released during calendar year 2016 were reviewed by our panel of judges, and the winners of these awards were presented at Treklanta in April 2017.
 
Eligibility Requirements for the 2017 Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards
To be eligible for consideration in this year's awards, 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 or closing credits*
3) Have been released to the Internet (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) during calendar year 2016, 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 2017 Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards
For information about our panel of judges, please visit the Panel of Judges page.
 
The 2017 Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards Nominees
  Release Date & IMDb Link  
Series Name & Web Site Link
Episode Title & Online Video Link
Run Time
1 1/17/2016   "Needs of the Many"
0:06:28
2 1/31/2016   "The Holiest Thing"
1:03:53
3 2/26/2016   "Star Trek: Horizon"
1:42:35
4 3/9/2016   "The Lucky One"
0:07:05
5 3/12/2016   "The Crossing"
1:12:37
6 3/16/2016  
Red Shirt
"Red Shirt"
0:24:31
7 3/28/2016   "Sanctuary"
0:07:56
8 4/2/2016   "The Darkside of Starfleet Justice"
0:15:42
9 4/3/2016   "Nemo Me Impune Lacessit"
0:11:10
10 4/10/2016   "Relics and Regrets"
0:07:14
11 4/17/2016   "The Last Child"
0:20:53
12 4/21/2016   "Aftermath"
0:06:09
13 4/27/2016   "The Talinar Incident"
0:08:11
14 5/4/2016   "The Hunt"
0:10:31
15 5/28/2016   "Come Not Between the Dragons"
0:42:20
16 5/31/2016   "Inquiry"
0:05:39
17 6/9/2016  
Star Trek: Revenge
"Star Trek: Revenge"
0:02:00
18 6/28/2016   "The Chronicles of Lanclos"
0:08:59
19 7/17/2016   "All in a Day's Work"
0:08:27
20 9/1/2016   "Boredom"
0:04:28
21 9/3/2016   "Embracing the Winds"
0:43:56
22 9/11/2016   "The Greater Good"
0:06:27
23 9/20/2016   "Destinies"
0:07:37
24 9/27/2016   "Out of the Fire"
0:06:41
25 10/12/2016   "His Name Is Mudd"
0:47:25
26 10/18/2016   "Be Careful What You Wish For"
0:15:00
27 10/21/2016   "Voyager Continues"
0:32:03
28 10/24/2016   "Room Service"
0:07:37
29 10/26/2016   "Force Contact"
0:28:50
30 11/3/2016   "Chain of Command"
0:07:38
31 11/10/2016   "Pas de Trois"
0:14:51
32 12/9/2016   "Crosses to Bear"
0:22:33
33 12/10/2016   "Out of Time"
0:31:20
The 2017 Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards Winners
CATEGORY
 
PRODUCTION/FILM
BEST SPECIAL & VISUAL EFFECTS
 
Star Trek: Horizon
Jeffrey Forsyth, Eric Henry, Harrison Hummel-Li, Alexander Klemm, Tommy Kraft, Dave McCarty, Ryan McClure, Ali Ries, Ryan Webber
BEST SOUND DESIGN, EDITING & MIXING
 
Star Trek Continues, "Come Not Between the Dragons"
Ralph M. Miller, Michelle Siles
BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC
  Star Trek: Horizon
Tommy Kraft
BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
  Star Trek Continues, "Come Not Between the Dragons"
Amber Burch, Shaquanta Green, Thomas Green, Stephanie Hall, Lisa Hansell, Tim Vittetoe, Aubrey Warner, Randilee Warner
BEST COSTUMING
  Star Trek Continues, "Come Not Between the Dragons"
Hannah Barucky, Ginger Holley, Liz Wagner
BEST GUEST ACTOR OR ACTRESS
  Gigi Edgley as "Eliza Taylor"
Star Trek Continues, "Come Not Between the Dragons"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR OR ACTRESS
  Michele Specht as "Dr. Elise McKennah"
Star Trek Continues, "Come Not Between the Dragons," "Embracing the Winds"
BEST LEAD ACTOR OR ACTRESS
  Harriet Fettis as "Elisabeth"
Needs of the Many
BEST DIRECTOR
 
James Kerwin
Star Trek Continues, "Embracing the Winds"
BEST ORIGINAL STORY OR SCREENPLAY
 
Star Trek: Horizon
Tommy Kraft
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION,
SHORT FORM (30 minutes or less)
 
Needs of the Many
Written, directed and produced by Aaron Vanderkley
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION,
LONG FORM (31 minutes or more)
 
Star Trek: Horizon
Executive producers Tommy Kraft, Leom Tait, Glen L. Wolfe
Summary
Star Trek Continues won six of twelve awards (Best Sound Design, Editing & Mixing; Best Makeup & Hairstyling; Best Costuming; Best Guest Actor or Actress; Best Supporting Actor or Actress and Best Director), Star Trek: Horizon won four awards (Best Special & Visual Effects; Best Original Music; Best Original Story or Screenplay and Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form) and Needs of the Many won two awards (Best Lead Actor or Actress and Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form).

Glen L. Wolfe, an executive producer of Star Trek: Horizon, accepted their four awards in person at the awards ceremony.  The six awards won by Star Trek Continues were shipped to executive producer Vic Mignona in Los Angeles.  The two awards won by Needs of the Many were shipped to executive producer Aaron Vanderkley in Australia.

This year's award plaques were sponsored by Mr. Lawrence L. Fleming.
The 2017 Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards Ceremony
Photo Left: Guest of Honor and awards presenter David Gerrold, Featured Guest and award winner Glen L. Wolfe, Featured Guest John Caballero, Treklanta Chairman and Master of Ceremonies Eric L. Watts, Guest of Honor and awards presenter James Horan, Treklanta Programming Director and Master of Ceremonies Brian Holloway, Guest of Honor and awards presenter Gary Graham, special guest star Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Guest of Honor and awards presenter John G. Hertzler.
Photo Right: Aaron Vanderkley and
Harriet Fettis of Needs of the Many.