Gareth Edwards, Ashley Eckstein to Lead Judges Panel for Star Wars “Go Rogue” Fan Film Contest


The time to submit your entry for the Star Wars: Go Rogue fan film contest is nearly over, and the judges – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards and the voice of Ahsoka Tano, Ashley Eckstein – are ready.

September 30th was not just the day Hasbro’s new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story action figures, costumes, and other merchandise inspired by the new film went on sale. It was also the day the Go Rogue fan film contest kicked off.

For this worldwide contest, aspiring Star Wars filmmakers were invited to create their own “Rogue Stories” inspired by the new movie. The lucky winner will attend an advance screening of Rogue One at Lucasfilm headquarters in San Francisco, as well as get to see their own film on the big screen.

It’s been almost a month since the contest began, and the date to get your entries in is tomorrow, October 21st. After that, a prestigious judging panel will decide on a winner.

And when I say prestigious, I’m overexaggerating. The judges panel includes two famous names in the Star Wars universe: Gareth Edwards, the director of Rogue One, and Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano in The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.  The rest of the judging panel is composed of YouTube stars EvanTube and Chris Pirillo (the latter is a huge Star Wars fan); Tongal co-founder James De Julio, whose company helped produce the Go Rogue stop-motion YouTube series; and Jimmy Pitaro, the chairman of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media.

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Can you imagine having your work judged by two huge Star Wars superstars like Edwards and Eckstein? Edwards is a director of a real Star Wars film, and Eckstein has been a part of the Star Wars animated universe for nearly ten years now.

And yet, Eckstein sounds nothing but humble and enthusiastic to be a judge in this contest. In the press release announcing Edwards and Eckstein as Go Rogue judges, Eckstein was quoted as saying, “Star Wars fans are so creative and I am constantly amazed by the awesome content they create! I cannot wait to see the “Rogue One” inspired stories they come up with for the chance to win this once in a lifetime prize.” If I could make a film that could please her, that would make my year.

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There’s still time to submit your fan film! Teen and adult fans should enter the contest at Kids aged 8-12 in the U.S. and parts of Canada can enter their films into the contest at There are rules and tips for creating your film at both sites.