27 Aug 2018 9:05 AM +00:00 UTC

10 Star Wars Fan Films That Will Rock Your Galaxy

Image: DARTH MAUL: Apprentice Dating all the way back to 1977, there is perhaps no franchise with a more loyal and devoted fan base than Star Wars. In fact, Star Wars fans are so passionate, they’ve gone out of their way (and probably out of their budgets) to create their very own, spectacular fan films that have become so popular, they’ve even managed to spawn a full-on contest hosted by Lucasfilm.

Like all fan films, it can sometimes be daunting to separate the outstanding from the outlandish, so we here at Epicstream decided to take the guess work out of looking for the best of the best. Here are 10 Star Wars fan films that will rock your galaxy:

  1. Rebel Scum

    Rebel Scum expands upon the Battle of Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back, with the tale of a lone Rebel who finds himself stranded in the frigid tundra after the rest of the Alliance retreats. Created by Blood Brother Cinema Co., the film pays homage to the original Star Wars trilogy by using practical effects, stop-motion animation, and most incredibly, absolutely no CGI. This leaves little to distract you from the meat of the story, as you watch a man battle against his enemies and the elements. 

  2. Jakku: First Wave

    Written and directed by Benjamin Eck, Jakku: First Wave focuses on three Stormtroopers as they prepare for the Battle of Jakku. The lack of visual effects lends to the charm of this film, as it deals with the realities and horrors of war from the Stormtrooper’s perspective, highlighting the emotional scars of the men rather than the action of the battle, itself.

  3. Hoshino

    Directed by Stephen Vitale and written by Eric Carrasco, Hoshino follows the story of a blind Jedi apprentice - played by Anna Akana - on her journey to mastering her lightsaber, as well as becoming one with the Force. The cinematography and visual effects are stunning, with brilliant editing that seamlessly transports you from the titular hero’s training to the construction of her very own lightsaber – a crucial task for any Jedi.

  4. DARTH MAUL: Apprentice

    DARTH MAUL: Apprentice sees The Phantom Menace’s beloved Sith Lord embark on a quest to kill a group of highly-skilled Jedi in an epic battle on a forest moon. Written, directed, and produced by Shawn Wu, this film boasts stellar effects and fight choreography, as well as an epic score composed by Vincent Lee that gives the production a true Star Wars feel.

  5. Star Wars: The Force And The Fury

    In Star Wars: The Force And The Fury, a Jedi crash-lands on a mysterious planet and finds himself locked in the sights of a Sith whose vendetta against him looks to be personal. The movie comes from Big Puddle Films, under the direction of Jason Satterlund with producer credits going to Alyssa Roehrenbeck and Deborah Smith, and while the lightsaber choreography isn’t the greatest, the actors (Aris Juson and Deborah Smith) deliver nuanced performances that round out this solid fan film.

  6. Star Wars The Lesser Evil

    Created by Iron Horse Cinema, Star Wars The Lesser Evil was the winner of the 2015 Filmmaker Select Star Wars Fan Film Award, selected by Kathleen Kennedy, herself. The film follows two Jedi, who forge an uneasy alliance with a bounty hunter to take down an evil Sith Lord. Plenty of care went into this film, from the costume design to the cinematography to the acting, and it definitely shows just how passionate these fans are about Star Wars.

  7. Star Wars Exile

    Star Wars Exile sees Jedi from across the galaxy being hunted and killed by the Empire, forcing Jedi Master Boemana Tora and her Padawan Makal Lori to flee to the outer rim. Noel Braham and Pokey Spears share many of the duties on this film, from writing to directing to acting, but it’s Ryan Steven Harris’ editing and Bryan Gonzales’ visual effects that truly give Exile a cinematic feel.

  8. TK-436: A Stormtrooper Story

    Unboxed Films and directors Samtubia and Samgoma Edwards deliver a gritty war story about a loyal Stormtrooper who’s forced to come face to face with his past in TK-436: A Stormtrooper Story. The film took home the 2016 Filmmaker Select Award at Star Wars Celebration Europe, and once you watch it, you’ll see why. It’s an emotional and action-packed tale that explores uncharted territory when it comes to Star Wars fan films.

  9. Star Wars: The New Republic Anthology

    Despite being only a minute and a half in length, Star Wars: The New Republic Anthology looks more like a deleted scene from one of the saga films rather than a fan film. Directed by Eric Demeusy, the film shows the dreaded Sarlacc Pit that swallowed Boba Fett in Return of the Jedi before panning over to a set of footprints in the sand. Soon after, we see the bounty hunter, himself, as he summons Slave I to make his escape. Everything about this film screams Star Wars.

  10. Han Solo: A Smuggler’s Trade

    Directed by Keith Allen, Han Solo: A Smuggler’s Trade follows the titular scoundrel’s early years, perhaps setting the tone for what we can expect when the Han Solo standalone film comes out next year. The production values are outstanding, and the story is quite compelling, but it’s Jamie Costa’s resemblance to a young Harrison Ford that really pushes this film over the top.