What is Fusion Doc Challenge?

In its 13th year, filmmakers from around the world are invited to make a short 4-7 minute documentary in 5 days.

The films are judged by an esteemed panel of industry professionals and the top 12 screen at Slamdance Film Festival & Big Sky Documentary Film Festivals in 2016.

$3500 awarded to the top films.

The top 20 films receive distribution on all of Fusion Media's digital channels.

$150 travel stipend awarded to the 12 finalists to help get you to Slamdance & Sundance Films Festivals.

4 all access Slamdance passes & 2 all access BSDFF passes for top 12 finalists.

Our team works with you to host a screening of the top 12 films in your city in 2016.

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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 21-26, October 26-31, or October 29-November 3, 2015. 

2. Receive a Theme

At 12 PM (noon) your local time on your selected start date, you must login and receive the 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

Films submitted for the challenge are judged in November. We will announce the top 20 films December 8th.

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 ...