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 take our name from the famous quote by filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky: "Film is a mosaic of time."

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, Film and TV director Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum, cinematographer Cynthia Pusheck A.S.C., production designer Kevin Conran, educator and filmmaker Camille DeBose, and many more.

The 14th annual fest will be held in person at the Nordlof Center in Rockford, IL on September 17th, 18th, and 19th 2021. For more information on us please visit the MWFF website: http://mosaicfilmfest.com or look for the hashtag #2021MWFF

Submissions for our 2021 fest are now closed. The entry period for the 2022 fest will be October 1st, 2021 - June 20th, 2022.

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

Best Narrative Film
Best Narrative Film (Student)

Best Documentary Film
Best Documentary Film (Student)

Best Animated Film
Best Animated Film (Student)

Best Music Video
Best Music Video (Student)

Best Experimental Film
Best Experimental Film (Student)

Our top prize is the Mosaic Spotlight Award which is awarded to the top feature film out of all categories.


The entry period for the 2022 fest will be October 1st, 2021 - June 20th, 2022.

Overall Rating
  • Nora Mariana

    What a fantastic festival! Wonderful lineup, great communications, and very welcoming organizers. They managed to put together an extraordinary festival even in the midst of a pandemic. I can't recommend this festival enough and very much hope we can experience it in person someday soon! -- Team ALINA

    October 2020
  • Amanda Madden

    I was very happy to show my film, Home Abyss, in Mosaic World FF. I was impressed by the selection of films in the experimental block. And I was so excited to win an award! Overall, I had a great experience being part of MWFF and would gladly submit future work.

    September 2020
  • Hadi Moussally

    Amazing festival and selection. Thanks a lot for the award!

    September 2020
  • I'm thrilled to screen my short experimental animated film Quantum LOGOS (vision serpent) at the Mosaic World Film Festival. My film is an exploration of ideas in quantum theory. Being an abstract film and given the subject, it's tough to create a narrative about, so I'm glad the festival recognized something in it! Thanks!

    September 2020
  • Festivaleando Cortos

    We loved participating with our shortfilm "La sed". Thank you for your attentions and for organizing this festival under the current circumstances.

    September 2020