First off, a very happy 56th anniversary of Star Trek to all of you!
And now, I am very excited (and somewhat relieved!) to announce the winners of the inaugural 2022 Star Trek Fan Film SHOWRUNNER AWARDS. I say relieved because 1) it was waaaaay more work than I ever expected it would be, and 2) everything went more smoothly than I could have possibly imagined.
And for the latter, I have to give my sincere thanks to my panel of judges, each a showrunner of at least one fan film or series. These eleven judges (plus me) each watched just about 13 HOURS of Star Trek fan films! Many of them took notes as they watched, and all of them submitted their ballots in 18 categories prior to my deadline for them of August 15—giving me enough time to record and tally the vote totals, check them twice (like Santa Claus does), and get the certificates ready.
I would like to, once again, thank all of the judges and list them here by name…
- SAMUEL COCKINGS (Trek Shorts)
- GARY DAVIS (Dreadnought Dominion)
- JOSHUA IRWIN (Avalon Universe)
- PAUL JACQUES (Raincross)
- MARK LARGENT (Stalled Trek)
- MIKE LONGO (Star Trek Fan Productions International)
- VANCE MAJOR (Constar)
- FRANK PARKER, JR. (Project: Gemini)
- DAN REYNOLDS (The Federation Files)
- GLEN L. WOLFE (The Federation Files)
- RANDY WRENN (Dreadnought Dominion)
Most of these judges unavoidably had fan films of their own entered, and so the rule was this: each judge had to select their top five choices in each category—their choices being worth 10 points for #1, 7 points for #2, 5 points for #3, 3 points for #4, and 1 point for #5. No judge was allowed to rank a fan film that they worked on among their top three choices. This kept them from “playing favorites” while also not penalizing them completely for agreeing to be a judge.
In the end, this process seemed to work out very well, and we had a very nice variety in winners. In other words, the same two or three fan films didn’t sweep all of the categories. In fact, out of 38 total entries, nearly half of them (16 films) won in at least one category. Granted, strong fan films would rack up high scores with lots of 7’s and 10’s, but lower scores of 5’s, 3’s, and even some 1’s often made the difference between coming in first, second, or third place…or just barely missing the cut.
Speaking of which, remember that each category will have THREE winners: Admiral Award, Captain Award, and Commander Award, for the aforementioned first, second, and third places, respectfully. (Note, there is also a special Cadet Award at the bottom of this blog.)
Interestingly, despite 12 judges awarding five different levels of points, we had a total of five tie scores. After consulting with the judges, we decided that all three award levels would be honored in each category, meaning some categories will have four winners instead of just three. And honestly, I think that’s the best solution, as it’ll just mean more happy faces!
The people who submitted the winning entries will be contacted shortly after this blog is posted, and they will be supplied with a special link to download their spiffy digital award certificate(s) as high resolution jpegs…suitable for printing. And yes, as you’ll see below, I used my favorite NewProfilePic.com website to add Star Trek character faces to each certificate.
In the future (since I expect the Showrunner Awards to take place annually), any fan film that wins in a specific category cannot win in that category again. It can be entered in the contest again (as long at it’s still eligible), and try to win in other categories, but only one win per category per fan film.
You can access all of the current fan film submissions from this blog page.
And now, ladies and gentlemen (and those of expanded gender identities), I proudly present the winners of the 2022 Showrunner Awards for Star Trek Fan Films released between January 2017 and December 2021. Links to the winning fan films in each category are provided under that category’s winners. Have a watch and see if you agree with our judges’ selections…
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
BEST ORIGINAL CHARACTER
BEST HAR & MAKE-UP
BEST SOUND DESIGN
BEST MUSICAL SCORE
BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS (non-CGI)
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS (CGI)