“The Fusion Film Festival is a wonderful and important celebration of women in the film, television and new media industry. Most importantly it is created and run by the students. Their work is breaking barriers and represents the future of the industry. I can’t wait to attend this year’s festival.”

Dean Allyson Green
New York University, Tisch School of the Arts

Fusion Film Festival Team 2018


Celebrating Women in Film, Television, & New Media

The Fusion Film Festival is New York University’s premiere film and television festival dedicated to celebrating women in film, television, and new media from students to industry professionals. Fusion was founded in 2003 at NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts by two students in Undergraduate Film and Television, Emma Heald and Gina Abatemarco, with the mission of encouraging, promoting, and inspiring women filmmakers and the collaboration between the sexes. Since its inception, Fusion has been passionately guided by Kanbar UGFTV Professor Susan Sandler.

Every spring, Fusion mounts a multi-day film festival with multiple screenings, industry panels, pitch meetings, master-classes, retrospectives, networking events, competitions in tweleve distinct categories, and student showcases.

In the fifteen years since its launch, Fusion has been proud to attract accomplished artists and entertainment visionaries such as Lena Dunham (HBO’s Girls), Maria Zuckerman (VP of HBO Films), the writer and producers for Sex & The City, Lucy Alibar (writer of Beasts of the Southern Wild), Lauren Zalaznick (former Chairman of NBC Universal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media), Amy-Sherman Palladino (creator of Gilmore Girls), Janet Tamaro (creator of Rizzoli & Isles), the writers of Orange is the New Black, and actor Paul Rudd. We are also proud to stand with the Sundance Institute’s Women’s Initiative as an Allied Partner.

Our goal here at Fusion is to celebrate visionaries in the industry as well as those in our own NYU community, feature incredible work, and have you leave feeling inspired by the art of great storytelling.