International Documentary Challenge Partners With Fusion To Launch New Doc Challenge

August 25, 2014

Top 12 films Premiere at our event with Slamdance and Feature Across Fusion Platforms

​August 25, 2014 – The International Documentary Challenge announced today that it is partnering with Fusion to launch a short documentary challenge that will focus on creating compelling short documentary content for young, diverse audiences.

The Fusion Doc Challenge is a timed filmmaking competition sponsored by Fusion TV where filmmakers from around the world sign up to make a short documentary in five days that is 4-7 minutes in length. In addition to being restricted on time, filmmakers choose between 2 assigned documentary genres (such as Adventure, LGBTQ, Music, Art, etc.) and a specific theme (such as “Sub Culture”) that dictates the content and direction of their film. The Fusion Doc Challenge is very similar to International Doc Challenge, but filmmaking teams get to choose the five days they would like to make their film between now and November 5, 2014. After November 10, the top 12 films are determined by an esteemed panel of judges and premiere at the Fusion Doc Challenge Screening at Slamdance in January 2015. Fusion Doc Challenge will host an opening weekend party at Slamdance and films will premiere at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in February. In addition to the top 12 films, an additional 8 films are chosen for an exclusive 18-month distribution deal with Fusion. The films also compete at to an online international audience.

“We know that millennials are smart, young, curious and creative — and the best way to showcase that is by allowing them to showcase themselves,” Fusion CEO Isaac Lee said. “By partnering with the International Documentary Challenge, we can engage with our audience while holding up the best they have to offer for their peers worldwide to see.”

“The International Documentary Challenge and The Audience Awards are proud to partner with Fusion to expand our trusted brand and create more opportunities for emerging filmmakers through Fusion Doc Challenge. One of our main goals is to provide talented young filmmakers great opportunity to advance their careers. A premiere at Slamdance and television exposure through Fusion is the perfect match for moving The Doc Challenge into the next decade.” Paige Williams, Doc Challenge Executive Producer.

About The International Documentary Challenge

Embarking on its 10th 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 and receive Emmy nods.

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 or follow us on Twitter @ThisIsFusion and 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:

About The Audience Awards

The Audience Awards launched in November 2013 as a digital platform connecting filmmakers and festivals to audiences. The Audience Awards features film competitions where the film with the most votes wins, turn key user generated content competitions, user profile pages, short film distribution, filmmaking challenges, crowd source funding opportunities and entertainment news. The Audience Awards will host the Fusion Doc Challenge film competition in early 2015. The twelve films will compete for the most votes and the winner receives $1000.

Doc Challenge Contact: Paige Williams / / (406) 532-5399

Fusion Media Contact:  David Ford / / (305) 925-8882

To sign up for the Challenge, visit:

To view last year’s International Documentary showcase, visit


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