Fan films of any stripe used to garner negative reactions, whether from the general public or even the wider, non-filmmaking, fan base. Star Wars fan films have been no exception to this; in fact, they’ve often been bad enough to justify the criticism.
But in recent years the standard of these films has gotten much higher, and we’re now at a point where fan-produced Star Wars content is good enough to sit alongside the official product. As someone who’s struggled to get fully on board with Disney’s take on the story it makes me happy to see the work of these talented, passionate fans, which more often than not ends up being far more in-line with my own take on the saga.
It was Oscar Isaac’s great reaction to The Last Jedi backlash that got me thinking about fan films again. His hope that disgruntled viewers would produce their own work struck a chord with me; after all, it’s one thing to critique from the sidelines, but something else entirely to put your own passion project out there.
Since falling down the fan film rabbit hole a few productions in particular have stood out for me. Click through for some of the very best Star Wars fan films out there!