2018 Films

FusionFest Shorts


  USA | 0 mins. | 2019 | Documentary Short

Directed by: Various  

See a collection of short films about Central Floridians of diverse origins and heritages in the screenings of the FusionFest Short Film Contest. 

In late August, the GPFF is running the MYgration film contest that will produce 3- to 5-minute films about people from around the world who make Central Florida their home.  

These films will be presented during the GPFF and audience members will have two opportunities to vote for their favorite film from the contest during the festival.  An Audience Award will be presented at the conclusion of the Saturday screening. 

FusionFest Short Film Contest


  USA | 90 mins. | 2018 | Documentary Short

Directed by: Various  

FusionFest is a free, two-day celebration of the diverse origins and heritages of our Central Florida community that will be held in Downtown Orlando on November 24 and 25, 2018.  Part of FusionFest will be a film pavilion with the theme of MYgration that will present films featuring diverse Central Floridians, their history and heritage.  The GPFF is a FusionFest partner and is hosting the short film contest from which the MYgration films will be selected.  Come see the finalists, from which the FusionFest winners will be chosen.



  USA | 14 mins. | 2017 | Narrative Short

Directed by: Summera Howell  

A young nun-to-be struggles to find God inside Robin, a non-responsive adult whose brain stopped developing before he was born.

Accidental Courtesy


  USA | 96 mins. | 2016 | Documentary Feature

Directed by: Matthew Ornstein  

Musician Daryl Davis has played all over the world with legends like Chuck Berry and Little Richard, but it’s what Daryl does in his free time that sets him apart. In an effort to find out how anyone can “hate me without knowing me,” Daryl likes to meet and befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan – something few black men can say.

Lessons from a School Shooting: Notes from Dunblane


  USA/Scotland | 22 mins. | 2018 | Documentary Short

Directed by: Kim A. Snyder  

Following the Peabody Award winning Newtown documentary, this short film depicts Father Bob Weiss, who in the days following the Sandy Hook massacre that took the lives of 26 children and teachers on December 12, 2012, was tasked with the burial of 8 of those children.

Uprising: Pulse to Parkland


  | 33 mins. | 2018 | Documentary Short

Directed by: Vicki Nantz  

Two Florida communities, united in grief and anger from deadly mass shootings, ignited a national uprising against the gun industry and the politicians who profit from gun violence in America. 

Two Trains Runnin’


  USA | 80 mins. | 2016 | Documentary Feature

Directed by: Samuel D. Pollard  

In June 1964 hundreds of college students traveled to Mississippi, starting what would be known as Freedom Summer. That same month, two groups of young men – musicians, students and record collectors – also traveled to Mississippi. Each had come to find an old blues singer and coax him out of retirement.

Time for Ilhan


  USA | 89 mins. | 2018 | Documentary Feature

Directed by: Norah Shapiro  

On November 8, 2016, a young, hijab-wearing mother of three named Ilhan Omar made history, becoming the first Somali Muslim woman to be elected to state office in America. 

Show Me Democracy


  USA | 85 mins. | 2017 | Documentary Feature

Directed by: Dan Parris  

Amidst the uprising in Ferguson, seven St. Louis college students evolve into advocates and activists as they demand change through policy and protest.  

The Serengeti Rules


  UK | 84 mins. | 2018 | Documentary Feature

Directed by: Nicolas Brown  

Beginning in the 1960s, a small band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works.  Immersed in some of the remote and spectacular places on Earth – from the majestic Serengeti to the Amazon jungle; from the Arctic Ocean to Pacific tide pools – they discovered a single set of rules that govern all life.