Axanar (Star Trek fan film)

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Axanar is a 2016 Star Trek fan film.

It was written by Christian Gossett and Alec Peters and directed by Christian Gossett. Funded through Kickstarter, production sought $10,000 in funding, but raised $101,000. The first part, [Prelude to Axanar], was first shown July 26, 2014 at San Diego Comic-Con and has had over four million views on YouTube.

Set in the Star Trek universe, the film stars Kate Vernon, Tony Todd, Richard Hatch, Gary Graham, and J. G. Hertzler, in a documentary-style film recounting the events surrounding the Battle of Axanar, a major clash between the Federation and the Klingons.[7][8]

It raised over $1 million via crowdfunding.

In 2015, CBS and Paramount filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Central District of California, claiming copyright infringement. The film uses the Klingon language and "innumerable copyrighted elements of Star Trek, including its settings, characters, species, and themes". The lawsuit is discussed at Fansplaining: Lawsuit at Axanar.

On June 23, 2016, Paramount and CBS released new fan film "guidelines,"[1] which amounted to a crackdown on fan films. Axanar staff described these new rules as "disheartening" and "draconian." While some critics agree that fans creating amateur productions are fine but that fan-produced series featuring copyrighted characters are not,[2], most fans and critics perceive Paramount/CBS as having killed off any chance for fan-produced Star Trek in any form.[3]

On January 20, 2017, the parties announced that the lawsuit had been settled, with Alec Peters and Axanar Productions promising to make "substantial changes" to Axanar and agreeing to abide by Paramount's and CBS' alleged guidelines.[4] Under the terms of the settlement, the filmmakers will be allowed to release two commercial-free 15-minute segments, instead of their planned 90-minute feature.[5] Updates can be found on the Axanar channel on YouTube.

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  1. Fan Films at startrek.com
  2. Devin Faraci, "How the Star Trek Fanfilm Guidelines Saved Fanfilms." Birth Movies Death 2016-06-29.
  3. Read the comments to Star Trek Fan Film Guidelines Announced at startrek.com, 2016-06-23.
  4. "Paramount, CBS Settle 'Star Trek' Fan Film Lawsuit". 20 January 2017. 
  5. Mele, Christopher (21 January 2017). "'Star Trek' Copyright Settlement Allows Fan Film to Proceed" – via NYTimes.com.