Names Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell “Woman of the Decade” at Festival-Capping Ceremony

Fusion Film Festival 2014
Fusion Film Festival 2014

The Fusion Film Festival, NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ premiere student film festival showcasing the work of emerging female filmmakers, capped off its three day annual festival with an awards ceremony selecting the best and the brightest of the festival’s participants. The event, held on Saturday March 8 at the Cantor Film Center, also included the presentation of Fusion’s first ever “Women of the Decade” Award, which was awarded to Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, Dean of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, who will be stepping down this August after serving as Dean for over 20 years.

“For over two decades, Dean Campbell has brought treasures to our school, inventing new fields of study and several opportunities for cross-school collaboration,” said Fusion Co-Director Lucy Cross. “She has made accessibility a prime concern during her tenure at Tisch, increasing study body diversity and lowering financial barriers for students. But most importantly, Dean Campbell has taught us the value of speech and discussion, and has encouraged us to be mindful of our histories and environments and to make use of these tools to educate others.”

The Fusion Film Festival grants awards in 14 categories, spanning writing, cinematography, animation, web series, documentary, sight & sound, audience choice, rising star and ultimately, the Mary Schmidt Campbell Award for Best Undergraduate and Graduate Film. The winners were as follows:

Best Undergrad Film
Without Fire by Eliza McNitt

Best Grad Film
Frank-Etienne Ver la Beautitude
by Constance Meyer

Audience Choice Award
Hypebeasts by Jessica dela Merced

Undergrad Short Screenplay
The Magnificent Mermaid Hunters of the West Indies
by Sidney Nycolle Butler

Grad Short Screenplay
Bird Dog
by Kathryn Whalen

Undergrad Feature Screenplay
A Tale of Two Cities
by Caroline Roosje

Grad Feature Screenplay
Butterfly Children
by Melanie Schiele

Sight & Sound
Simply Remember
by D.K. Dennison

Owl & Mouse
by Emma Noble

Web Series
Last Night
by Teresa Lee & John Trowbridge

UG Cinematography
Without Fire - Hunter Baker

Grad Cinematography
Frank-Etienne ver la beautitude –
Frederico Cesca

Rising Star
Sort by Katelyn Rebelo

Docs In the Works
Ni Aqui Ni Alla - Gabriela Bortolamedi


“Here at Fusion, we honor and celebrate women’s creativity in film, TV, and new media,” said Fusion Co-Director Nicole Quintero Ochoa. “But that doesn’t make us solely a girl’s club. We believe in collaboration and conversation with every artist and storyteller, no matter their gender. Most of all, we just believe in great work.”

About the 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 11 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. The Fusion Film Festival is proud to be an Allied Partner of the Women In Film/Sundance Institute’s Women’s Initiative. For more information, visit or contact

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