“FORCEFEST” VIRTUAL CONVENTION FILLS VOID FOR FANS WHILE RAISING MONEY FOR MAKE-A-WISH
- Online Star Wars convention created and organized by a group of fan content creators to take place on August 28-30
- Created to connect fans worldwide and raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation
- ForceFest offers a platform where fans and content creators can discuss the passion that unites them.
[GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY, July 16, 2020] When the COVID-19 pandemic caused the postponement of the official Star Wars Celebration fan convention scheduled for August, 2020 in Anaheim California, a group of fans leapt into action to create FORCEFEST, an on-line event that will bring the fandom together leveraging streaming platforms while raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The virtual conference will be held on the GetVokl platform and will take place on August 28-30, to coincide with the dates that Star Wars Celebration 2020 was to be held.
“Star Wars Celebration has always been a huge part of Star Wars fandom,” said Sarah Woloski, one of the event’s organizers. “Fans gather from all over the world to celebrate the Star Wars saga and meet up with new and old friends. We knew we could use technology to mimic that feel virtually.”
FORCEFEST will stream in six different themed “stages” on the GetVokl platform covering Content Creators, A Virtual Meetup “Cantina Lounge,” Interviews and Discussions, Live Action, Comics/Animation/Books, and a Miscellaneous stage. On these tracks, fans will be able to view streamed video versions of various fan-created podcasts that register to be a virtual presenter or host.
“The Star Wars fandom has always been active online creating their own content out of love for the saga,” said David Jesse of Tatooine Sons, one of the organizing shows. “FORCEFEST will create a larger platform for shows of all themes and sizes to share their unique brand of streaming in a shared environment.”
One of the objectives of FORCEFEST: Celebrating The Saga is to give the opportunity for all voices in the Star Wars fandom to be heard. The organization committee has made a commitment to providing a platform for diverse hosts and topics in a family-friendly environment. Application for participation as a show host or volunteer is open now at https://t.co/uVH2wMZa0y and https://forms.gle/KFZYm1ZBEpVchJnY9 respectively. Registration closes on August 1, 2020.
The official hashtag is #ForceFest2020.
Coffee With Kenobi‘s Dan Z will be hosting the “Star Wars: A Literary Language” virtual panel Sunday August 30, 12:30-1:30pm PT!
The organizers of FORCEFEST is a collective of podcasters and livestreamers including: Richard & Sarah Woloski (Skywalking through Neverland), David Jesse (Tatooine Sons), Tyler Bucks (Chatter Squadron), Pete Fletzer (Around the Galaxy), Ben Hart (Star Wars Underworld), and Frank Rich (Star Wars Autograph News).
About Get Vokl: GetVokl is topic-based group video discussion platform. Join discussions around your hot button issue or pick a topic, start the dialogue, and connect with new real people. GetVokl powers face to face conversations. No trolls and bots- just real live conversation and connection.
FORCEFEST is not affiliated with LUCASFILM or DISNEY.