Lucasfilm Debuts 'Empire Strikes Back Uncut,' Announces New 'Star Wars' Fan Film Contest

More than 400 fans recreate the second 'Star Wars' movie online
Courtesy of Lucasfilm

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away — well, okay, it was actually 2010 and on the very Internet that you’re reading this on — web developer Casey Pugh released Star Wars Uncut, a crowd-sourced remake of George Lucas’ original Star Wars movie. Made up of almost 500 15-second sequences submitted by fans, the movie was a testament to fandom and the power of the original movie… and, it turns out, just the beginning.

Released via the official Star Wars YouTube account and website Friday, Empire Uncut once again sees Pugh pulling the best of more than 1,500 submissions and recreations of sequences from the second Star Wars movie to assemble a tribute to Irvin Kershner’s much-loved original. From action figures to animation and over-excited children, it’s all here — and, somehow, it works.

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In a prologue to the movie, Lucasfilm’s Senior Events & Fan Relations Lead Mary Franklin pays her own tribute to the fans responsible, before announcing the return of the Star Wars Fan Film Awards. Like the original event, which ran annually from 2002 through 2012, the new contest invites fans to submit short works inspired by Star Wars in a number of categories, including comedy, non-fiction and animation, with the winners selected by fans online and screened at an upcoming Star Wars Celebration event in April 2015.

Submissions are open from now until January 16, 2015 with more details available on the official online portal. In the meantime, if anyone wants to prompt Pugh to start thinking about Return of the Jedi Uncut, that wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world…

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