What is Fusion Doc Challenge?

Fusion Doc Challenge is a timed filmmaking competition where filmmakers have 5 days to make a short non-fiction film (4-7 minutes).

The top 12 films screen at our Slamdance premiere in Park City and win up to $3,000 in cash prizes.

The Fusion Doc Challenge is a timed filmmaking competition sponsored by Fusion 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 "Behind the Curtain") 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 their five days of competition. Teams have their choice of three dates: October 21-25, October 26-30, or October 29-November 2, 2015. After December 8, the top 12 films are determined by an esteemed panel of judges and premiere at the Fusion Doc Challenge Screening at Slamdance in January 2016. Fusion Doc Challenge will host an opening weekend party at Slamdance. In addition to the top 12 films, an additional 8 films are chosen for an exclusive 24-month distribution deal with Fusion. The top 12 films also compete at to an online international audience.


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How does it work?

1. Register & Pick a Date

Join The Audience Awards and select one of three five day periods to compete: October 21-25, October 26-30, or October 29-November 2, 2015. 

2. Receive a Theme

At 12 PM your local time on your selected start date, login and receive the competition theme and genre choice.

3. Make & Submit Your Film

You then have five days to complete your short film. Your finished film is due 120 hours later at 12 PM your local time.

4. Get Ready for the Premiere

Competition films will be judged in November. The top 12 films will be announced December 8, 2015 and will premiere at our Slamdance event.

2014 Fusion Doc Challenge

2014 Fusion Doc Challenge

  1. 1


    Aaron James, an Oklahoma drag queen strives to fin...

  2. 2


    GMOtional looks at the complex feelings surroundin...

  3. 3

    Quiet Culture

    Enough of the silence....

  4. 4

    The House of Tom of Finland

    Residing on top of a Los Angeles hill lies the hou...

  5. 5

    Moment of Glitch

    Two Chicago based new media artists highlight the ...

  6. 6

    3rd Culture Kids

    Kids from around the world try their chances in Ch...

  7. 7

    Wake Up

    A filmmaker explores her role in three generations...

  8. 8

    Hector Picard

    Hector faces challenges while living with a disabi...

  9. 9

    I am Juli

    A South African Doctor finds herself right in the ...

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