Fusion Doc Challenge Finalists Announced!

December 4, 2015


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.

About Fusion

Fusion is a news, pop culture and satire TV and digital network. It engages and champions a young, diverse, and inclusive America with a unique mix of original reporting, lifestyle, and comedic content that is both smart and irreverent. Fusion launched in millions of households nationwide on October 28, 2013. Seven major distributors are carrying the cable network including Dish network, Cablevision, Charter, Cox, AT&T U-Verse, Verizon FiOS and Google Fiber. For more information about Fusion visit fusion.net or follow us on Twitter @ThisIsFusion and facebook.com/FusionNetwork. Fusion is a joint venture between Univision Communications Inc. and the Disney/ABC Television Network. To find out if Fusion is available in your area visit: GetFusionTV.net.



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