ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS. — 2019’s selections were curated from hundreds of submissions and 65 countries around the world, including this year’s Mosaic World Film Festival’s Spotlight Feature Award winner (the main award of the festival), “American Mirror: Intimations of Immortality,” directed and produced by Arthur Balder. Mosaic World Film Festival’s Spotlight Feature Award has become in last years a token of success in the American independent film festival circuit towards the Oscar season. The Spotlight Film Winner Mosaic World Film Festival 2018, “Minding the Gap”, was among the five finalist contenders for the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2019. By many considered as a ‘festival by experts for experts’, MWFF is specialized in finding the new ways and cinematic jewels of what is going to be the leading talent in the up-coming state-of-the-art cinema.
MWFF fest judges included some extraordinary filmmakers including: Oscar-winning director Dan Lindsay, Oscar-nominated and Sundance Film Festival winning director Bing Liu, cinematographer Cynthia Pusheck A.S.C., production designer Kevin Conran, filmmaker Col Spector, educator and filmmaker Camille DeBose, and director Elizabeth Allen.
Mosaic World Film Festival boasts a self-defining motto on its official website: “Make a film. Change the world.” The Mosaic World Film Fest presents quality independent work, and represents filmmakers and film communities from around the world.
Their website creed states that MWFF is “looking for competence in the filmmaking craft; work that has vision and spirit; original subjects with well-told stories; and diverse voices. We look for films that represent different facets of filmmaking, and polished productions to no-budget gems.”
Short films were presented Sept. 13-14, the Spotlight Film Winner was screened at 7:15 p.m. Sept. 13, films by regional filmmakers were screened at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 and all feature films will be screened beginning at 9 a.m. Sept. 15. The 12th annual Mosaic World Film Festival is taking place at 11 a.m. Sept. 13-14 and 9 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St.
For more information: mosaicfilmfest.com.