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Fusion's Mission

Fusion is the first student organized and run film festival to take place at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Focusing on three major roles where women are least represented in the industry: director, cinematographer, and screenwriter, Fusion hopes to expose and inspire emerging student talent. We are building a bridge between the filmmakers of tomorrow and the industry players of today. Fusion's goal is to foster a respectful and supportive collaboration between the sexes. Male directors in partnership with female cinematographers and male cinematographers working with female directors are eligible to participate as teams and submit their work for competition at the Fusion Film Festival. The competition is open to current students, graduate and undergraduate and alumnus of the school two years out.

Fusion also aims to inform a new generation of filmmakers by introducing the works of accomplished professionals. Over the course of four days, Fusion will host a variety of innovative screenings, forums, script readings and industry panels at the Tisch School of the Arts campus. The guests of those events are industry VIPs, distinguished alumni and organizations supporting women in the arts. This year we will also launch a master class instructed by a renowned woman director and her cinematographer

In 2004, Fusion was tremendously successful in celebrating and rewarding filmmakers who worked collaboratively and creatively. This year we are propelling the festival into an internationally recognized arena. In the coming years, Fusion will open its competition to national and international film schools with the hope of becoming a student film festival poised to inspire not only the NYU community, but the film industry worldwide.

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Founders' Note

The Fusion Film Festival was founded with the goal of raising awareness of the woman filmmaker and her achievements, at one of the world's leading film schools, the Tisch School of the Arts. In creating a forum where the work of successful female filmmakers could be seen and celebrated, we hoped to build a supportive environment for the aspiring woman filmmaker, and encourage respectful collaboration between the sexes.

The festival is a unique event that brings together the entire student body, male and female, who may all participate in student contests, industry panels, workshops and feature screenings. It is an entirely student run, non-profit enterprise, lead by passionate artists and future filmmakers. Fusion is, above all, a celebration of great work that presents a unique opportunity to envision a film industry where the woman filmmaker is a strong creative force, identified by the quality of her work rather than her gender.

It was out honor to host some truly remarkable talents at the 2004 Fusion Film Festival and we hope that you will support our incredible new team of festival organizers in creating an even greater success for the upcoming 2005 Fusion Film Festival.

Yours Truly,
Emma Heald & Gina Abatemarco
Fusion Film Festival Founders

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Director's Note

Fusion was created by two very courageous young women, Gina Abatemarco and Emma Heald, who envisioned an innovative and collaborative environment for the female filmmakers of the Tisch School of the Arts community. It was no small task for two full time students to create a brand new institution. Putting family, friends, film shoots, script writing and bill paying on the backburner for a few months; they produced a crazy, insanely fun three-day event.

When their second year came around, they looked for someone equally insane to assume the responsibilities, which come with this unstoppable roller coaster ride. Taking over as the Fusion Festival 2005 Executive Director, I had three main jobs to do.

Number one was to ensure that, with Fusion, emerging female filmmakers would find a place for inspiration, encouragement and support, a place to realize their ambition: making good films and sharing them, altogether with the boys next door.

My second job was to expose our efforts to the world -the greater New York area is not a bad place to start. New York University raises strong, daring, talented filmmakers, who will eventually join the leagues of all the directors we now admire; Fusion is a chance for these young filmmakers to converse freely with their professional counterparts.

The third task is simply to keep my hands off the break button, so as to not spoil our ride on this roller coaster, until we can get off completely satisfied, dizzy, gratified and proud of our accomplishments.

Until we jump on the ride, again, next year, and develop Fusion into an international student film festival…

Sincerely,

Monica Hoenig-Torok
Fusion 2005 Executive Director

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A Letter from the Dean

January 10, 2005

To Whom It May Concern,

This letter is to express my support of the Fusion Film Festival. In 2003, Emma Heald and Gina Abatemarco, the co-founders of this student-initiated event and alumni of the Undergraduate Division of the Kanbar Institute of Film & Television, approached me about creating Fusion, a celebration of female students and their work. They led the festival in its incredibly successful inaugural year and collaborated with New York Women in Film & Television to create a well-attended event.

This year, Fusion is being led by Monica Hoenig-Torok, a current student in the Graduate Film Program. I have had the pleasure of working with Ms. Hoenig-Torok since she started the program in 2001. Since then, I have been continuously impressed with her initiative, drive, dedication, and persistence in all her work but most recently, her attempt to organize such a monumental task on behalf of our community. Fusion has become an event for the entire Tisch community, not solely female filmmakers.

Both the Department of Film & Television and Tisch are donating money, time, and space because this project shows real promise as a collaborative effort among our students, alumni, faculty, and staff, many of whom are already involved in the process. It is with a great sense of pride that give my full support of the Fusion Film Festival.

Sincerely,

Sheril Antonio, Associate Dean of Film, Television, and New Media
Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

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