Film School Face Off seeks film submissions for September competition determining America’s best emerging film school

June 18, 2015

Fusion Media and The Audience Awards join forces to present “Film School Face Off,” the first online competition that generates exposure, distribution deals and cash for student filmmakers 

fusionFusion Media and The Audience Awards are granting fresh exposure for student filmmakers by providing distribution deals, cash to support future filmmaking endeavors and a global audience to screen their work. Filmmakers fresh out of college, still in their collegiate career or those who have graduated within the last five years, are invited to rally fellow student filmmakers to represent their school and compete in the new online competition, Film School Face Off.

The Film School Face Off competition is set up like college basketball’s March Madness. It is a single elimination bracket style competition. To fill a bracket and be eligible to compete, 10 students from each competing school must submit their short films, 20 minutes or less in length of any genre. The first eight schools to submit will have a secured place in the competition. The competition begins Sept. 22, 2015.

The film with the most votes on Oct. 28, 2015 determines the winning school. Winning filmmakers will also be recognized. The first place film with the most audience awarded votes will receive $2,500, second place $1,000 and third place $500. $100 will also be awarded to each 10 students from the winning school for a combined total of $5,000 in prizes. The bracket-style competition builds camaraderie between fellow student filmmakers and provides students an opportunity for their work to be seen by an audience outside of their respective schools.

“The best part about participating in The Audience Awards is that we got the chance to share the stage with phenomenal films and give a wider audience the opportunity to see our work,” said award-winning filmmaker, Amanda Harrymanm.

Film School Face Off begins Sept. 22, 2015, with submissions ending one-week prior. Brackets are reserved at a first come first serve basis, so students are encouraged to organize their film schools quickly in order to secure their spot. More details about the competition can be found at


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Students from USC, NYU, University of Montana, Montana State University and Colorado Film School have started to submit already. Gather your peers and submit today!


The Audience Awards is film’s marketing platform. We connect filmmakers, businesses and audiences through short film competitions where the audience chooses the winners. Our competitions reach a wide audience and gain global exposure for brands through film. 


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