Star Wars Fans, Celebration 2015 is Coming to the Anaheim Convention Center

In a little over a month we will have more news to report about Celebration 2015.  The event is scheduled for April 16th – 19th 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center.  The official Star Wars blog stated there will be more news next month as that will be the one year out time frame for the event, and they promise this event will be really big. They have released more information on how you, the fans can become more involved.  This article was posted by Mary Franklin on the official Star Wars blog.

Belgians_Malakili-400x265

A integral part of every Star Wars Celebration is what fans bring to the event, both informally and as part of the official program. Just like Bantha Tracks, with the motto, “By the Fans; For the Fans,” Celebrations are as much fun as they are because fans are involved; because they contribute talent, energy, ideas, and creativity.

Want to be part of the show at Celebration 2015? Read on for some tips on what we’re looking for.

Belgians_Falcon-400x156

I might be wrong — I actually hope I am wrong — but large-scale Star Wars props and sets built by fans seem to be the specialty of the European fan community. The Belgians come to mind first, with their show-stopping creations which we have displayed at Celebrations in the States, Germany, England, and Japan. The German, British, French, Spanish, and Italian fans have some impressive Star Wars items they have built as well.

The reason I hope I am wrong in my notion that most of the fan-built props and sets are in Europe is that I am really curious to know if there are any sets and props made by US fan builders? It is always fun to show off when you’re the home team. At Star Wars Celebration VI in 2012 the Florida fans did it up with Roxy the Rancor and with the Wampa cave, both shown below. Is there more where that came from? Anyone else in the US want to come out and play with their really big toys in Anaheim in 2015?

Wampa_Scream-400x238Rancor1

Submissions for fan-built props and sets are being accepted now at fanevents@starwars.com. (That address goes directly to me).

Tips for getting your fan-built prop at Star Wars Celebration 2015:

  • Submit on time. The deadline for fan-built prop and set submissions is July 15, 2014. To learn more about how to enter, click here.
  • Offer something interactive. It’s more fun when people can get inside of or onto the prop, or otherwise feel like they are part of theStar Wars world when they are taking a picture with your prop.
  • Be clear on what you need to make it happen. Provide as much detail as possible on the weight of your set or prop; shipping readiness; if you need help getting it to Anaheim; and if you do need help, how much help.
  • Offer something new to Celebrations. Fans love firsts in any galaxy.

MaulMakeup-400x388

Something I love about Celebrations is that many, many levels of fandom are enjoyed and shared. From the Star Wars movie and television screenings that any enthusiast can get excited for, all the way to  a class on how to make Star Wars scrapbooks or preserve your vintage Star Warstoy collection – Celebrations have it all.

Chances are you have some good ideas you could share with your fellow fans. It’s pretty easy to throw your lightsaber into the ring to be considered to present a fan panel or host an interactive event at Star WarsCelebration. If you check the guidelines here you’ll see we’re just looking for a 500-word description to get started thinking about your proposal, which is not terribly difficult if you have a good idea.

Here’s how to make your idea stand out above the many fan panel and interactive event ideas that will be received between now and December 15, 2014, the deadline.

Tips to Make Your Celebration Fan Panel Idea Shine

  • Get to the point. Start right out with what’s unique and exciting about your idea. If we have to wade through your personal history of fandom before getting to your proposal, we might miss the idea.
  • Think differently. Celebrations claim audiences that cover a huge range of Star Wars enthusiasms. You might think your idea is far in left field, but at a Celebration there could still be people who would love to hear and experience what you have to share.
  • Add interaction when you can. It’s old wisdom but often overlooked that people enjoy doing in addition to listening when they learn something new.
  • Think through the logistics before submitting. Be up front if you need supplies or other funding from the show in order to do your panel or activity. That helps us budget up front, and it’s better for us all to find out sooner rather than later if money is a make-or-break consideration.

PSWCC-400x266

Perhaps the most straightforward idea of all, fan tables at Star WarsCelebrations, gives clubs and organizations a home base at the show, while allowing them to share what they do with others, and likely recruit new members.

There’s an application with more information here. Fill it out and send it in to be considered for a Fan Table. The questions are pretty straightforward, but there’s one thing to always keep in mind.

Tip: For A Fan Table, Think “Add to the Fan Experience.”

Your Star Wars organization or club needs to add to the fan experience at Celebration in order to be given one of the tables in the fan table area. Educate about costuming or collecting; host an activity that’s fun for attendees; demonstrate your club’s charity or community service; entertain with a performance. Add something that makes the show a little — or a lot — better than it was without you.

But wait. There’s more!

Coming up this summer, look for even more ways you can actively contribute to the fun at Star Wars Celebration 2015. Some might be new; some might be a surprise. Keep checking back to www.starwarscelebration.com.

 

mm

Author: TMSM Avenger

Co-Owner / Webmaster / Business Relations / PT Writer
As co-owner and co-creator of The Main Street Mouse. Working in a technical support position for 18 years, it was time for a change. As the Webmaster and Project Planner, I spend most of my time researching everything from the latest Disney News, technology advances and of course keeping up on all the Marvel news that comes out. I never considered myself a writer but I’ve come to like blogging and sharing news with all. I feel blessed everyday that I get to spend my days working with my best friend and love of my life while we continue to grow and expand what started as a hobby all those years ago.

Leave a Reply