The Fusion Film Festival, New York University’s premiere student film festival dedicated exclusively to showcasing the work of emerging female filmmakers, will mark the official start of its submissions period with a screening of Suffragette, directed by Sara Gavron, on Thursday, November 19 at Cantor Film Center.

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The Fusion Film Festival, New York University’s premiere student film festival dedicated exclusively to showcasing the work of emerging female filmmakers, will mark the official start of its submissions period with a screening of Suffragette, directed by Sara Gavron and starring Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter and Carey Mulligan. The screening, to be held at Cantor Film Center, located at 36 E. 8th Street, will be followed by a panel discussion on gender bias in the film industry, featuring producer Lydia Dean Pilcher, feminist organizer Shelby Knox, filmmakers Rachel Watanabe-Batton, co-chair of the Producer’s Guild of American’s Women’s Impact Network, award winning filmmakers Adetoro Makinde, and Janet Grillo.

The Fusion Film Festival, to be held March 3-5, 2016, was originally established in 2003 and accepts submissions from all students and alumni of NYU. In addition to screening films, the event includes panels featuring women who have made their mark on film and television, including Academy Award nominated cinematographer Reed Morano, Academy Award winning screenwriter Lucy Alibar, and show runners Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls) and Janet Tamaro (Rizzoli and Isles). Submissions will be accepted until January 15, 2016 in thirteen categories of competition open exclusively to NYU students and alumni.

“Over its thirteen year history, Fusion has grown into so much more than a film festival; it’s now a thriving organization designed to support women filmmakers, cinematographers, writers, and producers and proud to be an Allied Partner of the Sundance Women’s Initiative,” said screenwriter and playwright Susan Sandler, Fusion’s faculty advisor. “That is why this screening is so relevant.”

“Women who wish to succeed in this industry cannot wait for the playing field to level off. We need to fight to be heard, to change the rules,” said Gabriela Alcalde, Fusion’s Co-Director.

Past Fusion winners include Tisch Undergrad Film & TV alums Misha Green, who’s original series UNDERGROUND which follows a group of slaves who plan an escape from a Georgia plantation premieres in January on WGN; Erin Sanger, who’s documentary The Next Part premiered at Tribeca; and Diana Snyder, former Fusion Co-Director who has just been staffed on ABC Family’s hit series, Young and Hungry.

To be eligible for consideration in the festival, entrants in film categories must have a female director, co-director, or cinematographer. For writing categories, entrants must have a female writer or co-writer. Submissions will be accepted in the following categories:

• Undergraduate Feature Screenplay
• Graduate Feature Screenplay
• Sight and Sound Short
• Film Rising Star (Freshman Only)
• Web Series
• Docs In the Works Pitch
• Animation Shorts
• Undergraduate Film
• Graduate Film
• Undergraduate Half-Hour Pilot Script
• Graduate Half-Hour Pilot Script
• Undergraduate Hour Pilot Script
• Graduate Hour Pilot Script

Festival winners are eligible to receive thousands of dollars in cash and other prizes, which have included Canon cameras and lenses; AVID, Final Draft, Adobe Creative Cloud memberships; Women Make Movies Workshop grants; and Movado watches. For more information, as well as full rules and requirements, visit fusionfilmfestival.com.

About Fusion Film Festival
The Fusion Film Festival is NYU Tisch’s premiere festival dedicated to celebrating the work of women in film, television and new media, from student to icon. In the 13 years since its launch, the student-run festival has been proud to attract accomplished artists such as Julie Taymor, Linda Obst, Miranda July, Lena Dunham, Penny Marshall, Amy Heckerling, Barbara Kopple, Lauren Zalaznick, and Jane Campion. Beyond the multi-day annual showcase of work, Fusion also serves as a vital artistic community that explores ways to break down barriers that separate men and women in film and television, while creating valuable opportunities for collaboration, cross-promotion and mentorship.

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