Invitation For Filmmaker Participation

Fusion Fest, an Orange County program, invites local filmmakers to join the 2022 project.

The following is an open letter to the filmmaker community:

Dear Filmmakers,
FusionFest, an Orange County-sponsored event, is looking for filmmakers to create 3-5 minute short videos.

I, on behalf of FusionFest, search for people to represent 10 regions of the world, 2 from each region, to be the subject of a film.  At the very least, I need 20 filmmakers.  The more filmmakers I have the more stories I can tell.  And that is why I am reaching out to you today.

On Friday, August 26th, we will have the filmmakers and the subjects meet.  The filmmakers arrive at 6 PM and pick a number between 1 – 20.  They then get a dossier on the person that was assigned that number.  The Dossier includes a professionally written bio, email, phone #, talents address, possibly other locations with the addresses for filming and release forms for locations and talent, and any other notes I may have about that person, At 6:30 PM the subjects enter.  We are hoping to do this in person this year, rather than zoom.  You then have that time to get to know each other and plan the shoot for 2-3 hours.

Prior to meeting their subject, I will have prepped the subjects and ask them to bring any digital assets, pictures, videos, etc, or any memorabilia for ‘B’ role.  Is there a dish with a few ingredients that they can make to be filmed?  I tell them to prep as much as possible in advance.  Is there a market, restaurant, or another place that they go to to keep heritage alive?  How do they share that with friends and family?  I also try and get other family members involved so we get the multi-generational aspect.  Makes for a richer story. 

The filmmakers then have 5 days to shoot and edit a 3-5 minute video.  Submission is 8/31 by 11:59 PM (ET).   Late submissions will still get shown at all screenings and be eligible for the Audience Choice Award at the Global Peace FIlm Festival,  but are not eligible for the FusionFest Grand & Student prizes.

From there the films go on to the Global Peace Film Festival, 3rd & 4th week in September, for (2) screenings of their films.  At the end of the 2nd screening, an audience award of $100 is given to both the filmmaker and the subject of the film.

After that, it is onto FusionFest, November 26th & 27th (Thanksgiving Weekend), the films will be shown throughout the (2) days.  On Sunday at the end of FusionFest, a grand prize of $1000 is awarded for the best overall film and $200 is awarded for the best student film.  Certificates of acknowledgment for 2nd and 3rd places for each category are given as well.

From there we use the films to promote FusionFest throughout the year and further spread the concept of a more diverse community.   These films will also be archived in the Orange County Regional History Center for posterity.

We have started a series of watch parties every 3rd Tuesday of the month.  We show (1) or (2) films and have the Filmmaker and Subject there for Q & A.  So many stories come out of this contest besides the films.  As the curator, it warms my heart.  WATCH PARTY

We are now accepting applications for both filmmakers and people with stories of MYgration. Applications can be found at this link.  Click Filmmaker for Filmmakers (duh!  lol) and Share Your Story for Subjects, if you know of anyone that has a story they want to share.

Here is a link to the films from past years. 2019 & 2020 FF Film Contest Films

If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me.
I hope to see your application in my inbox.

Warm regards,

Lori M. Turchin
Global Peace Film Festival Manager
FusionFest Film Contest Curator

First Inter-City Challenge Begins

Welcome to the first OIF Florida Inter-City Short Film Challenge, hosted by the Orlando Independent Filmmakers Group.

The Following 45 Scripts Have Been Selected:


Untouchable PG-13
Brandon Rivers, Orlando
CIA Officer Brianna Jenkins and her partner Micheal Garcia have been assigned on solving the mystery behind the most infamous man in the world Robbie Norton. But soon they too will find out why he’s been called untouchable.

Kenji 2065:Return Of The Kuroi Clan PG-13
Justin Rios, Tampa
It’s 2065, in a vice city infested with crime, the mayor’s daughter has been kidnapped by a Mafia Clan called “The Kuroi Clan”.A detective who originates from that Clan, is sent to save her, forcing him to face the same brothers who he had left when he left the clan to become a cop.

David Pokk, Orlando
An estranged girlfriend must make the choice of staying in an unhealthy relationship while being beckoned by a symbol of her past, and possible future.

Melody PG
Bria Gaskin, Orlando
Amy, a marketing executive for Nano-Glamour, learns a lesson after releasing a new, futuristic beauty product.

Sky and The Inevitable PG-13
Gage Lynn, Orlando
Stellan Cooper comes home to an alarming surprise: a girl who claims she’s from the future.

The Message G
Michael Speigner, Orlando
A young scientist from another world becomes stranded while on an expedition to Earth where she brings two unlikely teens together as allies to save her from an elite military retrieval team. The message she shares has a profound impact on everyone.

Contact PG
Chris Ballinger, Orlando
A fearless young dreamer struggles to make contact with outer space while trying to find common ground with her strict father.

Hunter’s Bounty PG-13
Samantha/BrookeBurton/Fauver, Orlando
Only the strongest Hunter will come out in the end.

Betrayed PG
Dale Metz, Orlando
A young woman struggles to lead a discrete life but the agency who saved her from terminal cancer expects more.

The Social Experiment PG-13
Angeliz Bruno, Orlando
Admits the Quarantine, The government issues a virtual reality game as a means to control its society. Little do the citizens know, They are now involved in a social experiment to further control overpopulation.

Tajriba PG-13
Rex McSeaton, Orlando
A secret government agency that kidnaps people to for experiments in creating super soldiers uses an accounting firm to hide its whereabouts. When one agent wants to find out what’s really going on everything takes a bad turn.


Behind Closed Doors PG-13
Andrew Contreras, Orlando
A young man’s fears of what lies behind a closed door may be more of a horrifying reality than he ever imagined.

Grave (title is subject to change) PG-13
Xavier Galloway, Orlando
The perfect family masks a cannibalistic hunger with their mortuary business. 

Oneirophobia PG-13
Paul Usungu, Orlando
Nina suffers from oneirophobia, a fear of dreams. When she fails to take her medication on her way to vist her mother, strange things happen.

A Wrong Turn PG-13
Teo Ciltia, Orlando
A woman isn’t sure if her Uber driver is taking her to her destination or leading her to her death in this wild horror ride…. 

Ticklemonster PG
Petra Tressler, Orlando
Good Night Sleep Tight.You never know who visit you at Night. Beware cause some childhood stories just might be true.

Jailbait PG-13
Sophie Gonzalez , Orlando
A young girl arranges a meet up with a stranger. Things don’t go according to plan. 

Entrance PG
Brooks Leibee,  Orlando
After investigating his burglarized home, Alan soon discovers that he isn’t alone.

Emma PG-13
Florentina Kleiner , Orlando
When three friends play a classic board game, their sleepover turns into a deadly game of surviving the night.

Simon Says PG-13
Louie Castillo, Orlando
In an American southeastern town, a serial killer terrorizes people that do not follow the rules to a game.

One Night Only PG-13
Jarron Webster , Tampa
ONE NIGHT ONLY. A charming and charismatic man who is an expert at having one night stands, has a horrifying spiritual encounter to answer for his loveless ways. 

Mercy: Veil of Shadows PG-13
Joe Boi, Jacksonville
When a supernatural entity terrorizes a psychiatric institution, the ward’s only hope is a teenage nephilim who’s afraid of the dark. 

Kate’s Balloons G
Norma Jean Lipert, Orlando
 A woman’s Valentine’s Day birthday brings an unexpected surprise. 

Coffee & Dessert PG-13
Austin Janowsky, Tampa
Marcy just wanted coffee. She has stayed away from dessert for 2 years but a robbery makes it impossible to resist. 

Trumpets PG-13
Joshua Czerepka, Tampa
A young man with the love for his religion, looses control of his life when the world doesn’t end the way he though it would.

Bittersweet Symphony R
Kelly Weaver, Orlando
While staying at a house during a apocalyptic world where infected people known as roamers dwell a family tells a story to a little girl about the road to redemption being paved by bullets and vengeance.

Robert Laur , Orlando
An eccentric director demonstrates to a film class what horror really is! 

Blood Island G
Cleo Fox, Orlando
On Lavaka island there has been a series of mysteries disappearances . Mystic a beautiful island girl has a secret that holds the key to the strange disappearances.

Wild Flower PG-13
Elijah Bulger, Orlando
A woman and her boyfriend find an odd looking tent while on a camping trip. 

A Deadly Solution PG-13
Jenny Meether, Orlando
A girl’s date spirals out of control after a Mysterious Man interrupts the night 

The Lady PG-13
Marc Lucia, Orlando
A nosy condo resident sees a little too much.


True Luchador PG-13
Zachary Tuttle, Orlando
A  Down on his luck, a wrestling fan tries to achieve his dream by making it a reality through a competition for fifty thousand dollars. 

The Decision PG
Wade Cox, Orlando
An elderly private detective with flashbacks of his past ponders retirement while on what could be his last job.

Social Traffiking PG-13
J.P. Smith, Orlando
A lonely young woman houseboat sitting accepts a stranger’s unusual friend request. Soon she’s sending pictures and accepting money. After he pressures her for *more* then reimbursement she learns that being just friends isn’t what he’s after.
Sex trafficking isn’t just kidnappings. Courage means admitting when you need help. 

Unrequited G
Dennis Higgins, Orlando
Faldo befriends a lovely woman, but when he expresses his love for her, they grow apart.

Dancing Days PG 
Chuck Fusca, Orlando 
A father has to overcome his fear of an old bully to support his daughter at her big dance contest.

Her Ghost in the Fog PG-13
David Powers , Orlando
A broken-hearted insomniac writer falls in love with a lonely ghost.

You Lost Me At ‘I Love You’ PG
Joshua Alomar , Orlando
A couple with inter-disabled challenges deal with the dynamic of their relationship and the impact of love -or lack of love they feel for each other. Sometimes relationships aren’t always perfect and they both learn to deal with that very true fact in their own relationship. 

Unwinged PG
Matt Burgess, Orlando 
A widowed single father has second thoughts about an intended proposal, until he is visited by the spirit of his deceased wife.
Before I Die PG-13
Wes Imlay , Orlando
A prosecutor who has dedicated her life to justice now lies on her deathbed with a story from her past that needs to be told.
Like Trees PG-13
Corey Emanuel Jr., Orlando
A coping widower delivers a rooted word to guide his stepson’s next chapters. 

Genes PG-13
Robin Hofmann, Orlando
It’s not blood that makes a family. It’s love.

D is for David PG-13
Matthew Thomas, Orlando
When Jamison moves into his new home, he soon finds out that he is not the only one living there.

Welcome Home PG
Matt Scoville, Orlando
An army brat gets pulled into a ride share time loop where veterans past, present and future are driving her home to her family.

Unexpected Night PG-13
Jeanette Santos, Orlando 
Two strangers who assume their nights couldn’t get any worse, are quickly proven wrong when they find themselves facing one of the biggest problem within our society today.