FusionFest is a two-day event that celebrates the diversity of people who live here in Central Florida. This diversity manifests itself in all different art forms. One of them is film.  During the contest pairing event Friday, August 23, at Full Sail University, 25 filmmakers will be partnered, and meet for the first time, with a person about whom they will make their short film. The short films that come out of this match will have two screenings at the Global Peace Film Festival, Sept. 18 and 21, and will play on a continuous loop at the Film Pavilion during FusionFest, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. At the conclusion of FusionFest, on Sunday, a grand prize award of $1,000 will be presented to the filmmaker for the film voted the best by our FusionFest panel of judges.

The object of the contest is to stimulate the making of documentary-style films about Central Floridians that tell the story of how they or their ancestors first came to Central Florida from other countries or other states, and how they have made it their home. The films will capture a portrait of the subject’s heritage, the reasons for the move to Central Florida, and how they have become integrated into the community, among other things.


Friday, August 23, 2019

6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Treehouse at Full Sail University

519 S. Semoran Blvd., Winter Park, FL  32792 

About FusionFest

The second annual FusionFest, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, celebrates Orlando’s increasingly diverse community with a weekend filled with music, dance, art, literature, fashion, culture, and fun. At the inaugural festival last year, performers, vendors and volunteers from more than 100 heritages shared their talents with approximately 8,000 attendees. This event was recognized with the prestigious Golden Brick Awards, hosted by the Downtown Orlando Partnership, where it received the “Award of Excellence.” It recently was awarded 1st Place in Community Outreach from the Florida Festivals and Events Association.  With this event, FusionFest continues to advance and celebrate diversity, inclusion, and collaboration in Central Florida. Find all the details at FusionFest.org.

FusionFest is a project of the Downtown Arts District, with support from Orange County Government and the Orlando Downtown Development Board, at the Dr. Phillips Center. 


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