Our motto is: Make a film. Change the world. The Mosaic World Film Fest presents quality independent work that may not otherwise be seen in commercial theaters, and represents filmmakers and film communities from around the world.

We are 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.

The festival welcomes comedy and drama and everything in between. We have categories for narrative, documentary, experimental, animated projects, and music videos of any length. We have both student and open awards for all of our categories. Entries from any country are accepted.

Our past MWFF fest judges have included some terrific filmmakers including: Oscar-winning director Dan Lindsay, Oscar-nominated and Sundance Film Festival winning director Bing Liu, TV and Film director Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum, cinematographer Cynthia Pusheck A.S.C., production designer Kevin Conran, educator and filmmaker Camille DeBose, and many more.

The 13th annual fest will be held in Rockford, IL at The Nordlof Center on September 18th, 19th, and 20th 2020. For more information on us please visit the MWFF website: http://mosaicfilmfest.com or look for the hashtag #2020MWFF

Submissions for our 2021 fest will open on October 1st, 2020. The entry period for the 2020 fest will be October 1st, 2020 - June 15th, 2021.

Award certificates are presented to the best films in all categories as decided by our panel of industry professional judges.


Our panel will review the submitted films and we’ll let filmmakers know by July 20th, 2020 whether or not your film has been selected for this year’s Mosaic World Film Festival.

Full session listings and schedules will be posted by August 15th, 2020. Award-winners for each category will be announced at our #2020MWFF Opening Night Event on Friday, September 18th, 2020.

Submissions for our next fest will open on October 1st, 2020. The entry period for the 2020 fest will be October 1st, 2020 - June 15th, 2021.

All filmmakers who have a film selected for the #2020MWFF event will receive a complimentary VIP fest pass for two, which will allow them and a guest admission to all sessions at the festival.

Good luck!

Overall Rating
  • Lauren Loesberg

    Amazing festival, very humbled and honored to have been a part of it.

    November 2019
  • Linda Tate

    The Mosaic World Film Festival was a beautifully curated collection of short and feature films. Located in Rockford, Illinois, it brought an international flavor to a smaller midwestern city. Jerry LaBuy and his team were organized and professional. The venue was comfortable with great audio and video projection. We’re grateful to have been included this year and wish the festival many more seasons of success!

    October 2019
  • DVF Films

    Excellent communication, wonderful staff, great attendance. They are professionals. 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 in short and medium term. 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. It should be 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.

    September 2019
  • Aviv Mano

    Wonderful staff and fantastic opportunity for exposure! Thank you for featuring my film!

    October 2018
  • Steve Socki

    Jerry organized an excellent event; great film selections in a comfortable setting. Was honored to speak and discuss my work.

    September 2018