Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Finnish Fan Film Eligible for Hugo

The Hugo Award nominations are open, and this year there is a Finnish movie that is eligible for Best dramatic presentation (long form)—Star Wrek: In the Pirkinning. It’s a feature-length fan-made spoof of Star Trek, Babylon 5 and other things. According to news sources, it has also become the most watched Finnish film of all time, no doubt because of the distribution method: in addition to being available on dvd, you can also download the film yourself (for free, and with English subtitles so you don’t have to learn Finnish to watch it).

I don’t see Star Wreck having a real chance of winning, but it’d be great to have it on the shortlist. If you are interested, go take a look, and if you think the movie has merit and want to support an alternative to the big productions, send in a nomination vote.

Update: On a slightly smaller scale, Radio 957 (local radio station in Tampere, where Star Wreck was made) has a “vuoden tamperelainen” poll (“Tampere ‘citizen’ of the year”) and Star Wreck is one of the nominees. So, if you’d rather see a sf film than a sportsman win the title, you know what to do…
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