Fusion Doc Challenge Finalists Announced!
INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY CHALLENGE ANNOUNCES FINALISTS
December 3, 2015 – The Audience Awards announced the finalists today for the International Fusion Documentary Challenge. Filmmakers from around the world were invited to create short documentaries (4-7 minutes) in five days from start to finish on the theme “Moving Forward.”At the start of the five days, contestants were given the theme and a choice between two genres. The top 12 films will screen at Slamdance Film Festival on January 24, 2016 where the winners will be announced and awarded $3500. The films will also screen at The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in February and do a city tour through the filmmaker’s towns. The films will compete for audience favorite on The Audience Awards in the Spring. The top 20 films receive an exclusive 24-month licensing deal with Fusion and will feature across Fusion’s broadcast and digital platforms throughout 2016. In 2015, the Fusion Doc Challenge films were the most viewed short films across Fusion Channels.
The top 12 finalist films that will premiere at Slamdance:
FILMS TEAM LEADER TEAM NAME TEAM MEMBERS
Robin Brown Gregory Armstrong Inner World Films Zach Behar & Greg Armstrong
Lift Like a Girl Allie Sultan Green Scoot Films Allie Sultan
Do You See What I See Erin Babbin On The Real Film Michael Sullivan & Erin Babbin
Everyone In Between Whitney Skauge When We Grow Up Whitney Skauge
A Perfect Record Tucker Lucas Dr. Something Special Greg Carlson & Tucker Lucas
Hateful 48 Tommy Tang T Quad Tommy Tang
A Place for Lidia Marco A. Diaz MaEO Productions Marco A. Diaz
Don’t Call Me Cute Scott Hancock Paper Maker Media Scott Hancock & Jesse Kerman
Renewed Ashley Seering Night Owl Productions Ashley Seering & Cory Byers
A Day In The Life Of A Pedestrian Crosswalk Button Squid Pro Quo Josef Beeby
Timeshifters Sofian Khan Capital K Sofian Khan
Oh I Get It Stacia Beer Union Street Films Danny Tayara & Sara McCaslin & Stacia Beer
The top 20 finalists receive a distribution deal with Fusion Media:
FILMS TEAM LEADER TEAM NAME TEAM MEMBERS
Libertad Brenda Avila SocDoc Brenda Avila-Hanna
Signal Box – Vibrance to a Concrete Jungle More Coffee Boys Productions Duncan Williamson
Butterfly Sarah Hudson V.I.O. Productions Sarah Hudson
Keep Smiling Marty Krzywonos Team Una Corda Marty Krzywonos & Jeremy Ginsberg & Kyle Miller
Trust Stefanie Malone Lindley Films Stefanie Malone & Shannon Snider
Perspective Jon Ward Clearwater Studios Alex Williams & Jon Ward
Let Them Eat Cake Michelle Farache Petunia Films Michelle Farache
Bread of life Sergio Garcia Locatelli Quechua Films Sergio Garcia Locatelli
About The International Documentary Challenge & Audience Awards
The Audience Awards provides opportunities like Fusion Doc Challenge to help boost filmmakers careers. In its 11th year, The International Documentary Challenge is an annual timed filmmaking competition where filmmakers from around the globe have 5 days to make a short documentary. In addition to being restricted on time, the filmmakers choose between 2 assigned documentary genres and are assigned a specific theme. An elite industry jury determines the top 12 films. Doc Challenge films screen on television, at film festivals, on The Audience Awards and receive Emmy nods. Fusion’s parent company, Univision, will run a challenge for Latino American filmmakers on The Audience Awards in 2016. For more information about The Audience Awards visit www.TheAudienceAwards.com.
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