PLEASE NOTE: THIS FESTIVAL IS ONLY OPEN TO NYU STUDENTS AND ALUMNI (WITHIN THREE YEARS OF GRADUATION).

The Fusion Film Festival is New York University’s Film and Television Festival dedicated to celebrating women in film, television, and new media. Our mission is to encourage, promote, and inspire women filmmakers and the collaboration between the sexes.

Every spring, Fusion mounts a multi-day film festival with multiple screenings, industry panels, pitch meetings, master-classes, retrospectives, and student showcases.

OVER $12,000 VALUE IN PRIZES AWARDED TO PAST WINNERS

Final Draft 9: ($250) Industry’s leading script software

Adobe Creative Cloud Membership: ($600) 1-year online access to Adobe’s software (Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere Pro, etc.)

Gotham Sound: ($200) Top-of-the-line audio equipment for sale and rental with expert support staff

Criterion Collection DVDs: 8 highly acclaimed classic films

VideoBlocks Subscription: ($1,000) 1-year unlimited download subscription to expansive inventory of stock footage

Graphic Stock Subscription: ($1,000) 1-year unlimited download subscription to expansive inventory of graphics

"Fast Rules"/Frequently Asked Questions

WHO CAN APPLY?

Applicants MUST either be current students of New York University or alumni of New York University who graduated within the past 3 years.

For the graduate and undergraduate film categories, there MUST be a female director, co-director, or cinematographer attached to the project.

For the Sight and Sound category, there MUST be a female director, co-director, or cinematographer attached to the project.

For the Rising Star category, ONLY female freshmen directors can apply.

For the Web Series category, there MUST be a female director, co-director, cinematographer, head writer, or showrunner attached to the project.

For the Animation category, there MUST be a female director or co-director attached to the project.

For the Doc Pitch category, there MUST be a female director, cinematographer, producer, or editor attached to the project.

For all writing categories, there MUST be a female writer or co-writer attached to the project.

CAN I SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE PROJECT?

Applicants are encouraged to submit their strongest work. Please submit only ONE (1) project per category. Applicants can submit to a maximum of TWO (2) categories.

HOW LONG CAN MY PROJECT BE? (this includes titles and credits)

GRADUATE/UNDERGRADUATE FILM
Intermediate Films: 10 minutes
Advanced/Graduate Thesis Films: 20 minutes
Independent Films (outside of NYU curriculum): 15 minutes

SIGHT AND SOUND: 8 minutes

ANIMATION: 10 minutes

RISING STAR
Animation: 5 minutes
Frame and Sequence: 6 minutes
Sound Image: 10 minutes

WEB SERIES: 8 minutes

DOC PITCH TRAILER: 3-5 minutes

WRITING
Graduate/Undergraduate Feature Screenplay: 120 pages
Undergraduate/Graduate One-Hour Pilot: 65 pages
Undergraduate/Graduate Half-Hour Pilot: 35 pages

I’M INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR THE DOC PITCH CATEGORY - ARE THERE ANY OTHER REQUIREMENTS?

For the Doc Pitch category, the director MUST be available to pitch the project and be available for all rehearsals. Although we look forward to learning as much about your project as possible and collaborating with all crew involved in the doc pitch, we want to hear the director’s vision and be able to collaborate with them throughout the entire process.

All submission MUST be a work-in-progress and cannot have been submitted to the “Doc Pitch” competition in a previous year.

Their film must be supported by a 3-5 minute trailer. It cannot be at the research stage nor be a completed film.

The Doc Pitch competition is not intended for shorts. The finished film must be between 30 minutes and feature length.

MY PROJECT FULFILLS ALL THE REQUIREMENTS STATED ABOVE. WHAT ELSE DOES MY PROJECT NEED TO BE ELIGIBLE?

All requested information (name, loglines, contact information, etc.) and additional materials (key art) must be submitted in accordance with the specified rules on the online submission form. If the application is incomplete or materials are not submitted by the deadline, the project will be disqualified.

All projects must have been completed after May 2013, except for submissions to the Doc Pitch category, which are works-in-progress.

*PLEASE NOTE: If ANY of the other rules or regulations specified in the Fusion Film Festival submissions application (such as what materials to submit or password locks on videos) are broken or disregarded, the submission will be considered incomplete and therefore ineligible.