Our festival 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, cinematographer Cynthia Pusheck A.S.C., production designer Kevin Conran, documentary filmmaker Bing Liu, filmmaker Col Spector, educator and filmmaker Camille DeBose, and director Elizabeth Allen.

The 10th annual fest will be held in Rockford, IL at The Nordlof Center on August 25th, 26th, and 27th 2017. For more information on us please visit the MWFF website: http://mosaicfilmfest.com or look for the hashtag #2017MWFF

Submissions for our 2018 fest will open on September 15th, 2017 and close on May 15th, 2018.

Our motto is: Make a film. Change the world.

Awards & Prizes

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

Rules & Terms


- Each filmmaker may submit up to, and no more than, three (3) films. A separate entry fee in US currency and separate submission form is required for each film entered.

- Film duration must be between 1 second and 45 minutes including credits and opening sequences for short film categories. All films 46 minutes or over will be placed in the feature film categories.

- Films should be within an American “R” rating (Go to MPAA: http://www.mpaa.org/film-ratings/ to see what each rating means) or lower and final decisions on content are at the ultimate discretion of the preliminary judges who will be previewing the films before the event.

- Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the MWFF and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.

- Entrant will allow usage of clips from the film for promotional use on television, radio, in print, and at live MWFF events.

- Films should either be in English or have English subtitles. Non-English entries submitted without subtitles are not eligible.

- Films may be entered into ONE category only.

- Films must be submitted by May 15th, 2017.

- To be eligible for awards in their category, films must have been made on or after January 1st, 2016. Films made prior to that date will be considered for screening at the fest, but will not be eligible for competitive awards.

- Films previously submitted to the MWFF are NOT eligible.

- If your film is selected a high quality HD download of your film (if not already submitted) and any EPK or marketing materials will be requested.

Any questions or clarifications should be directed to us at: info@mosaicfilmfest.com prior to submitting your film(s).

Our panel will review your films and we’ll let you know by June 15th, 2017 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 July 10th, 2017. Finalists in each category will be announced on July 15th, 2017. Award-winners for each category will be announced at our #2017MWFF Opening Night Event on Friday, August 25th, 2017.

All filmmakers who have a film selected for the event will receive a complimentary VIP Filmmakers pass for themselves and a guest, which will allow them admission to all sessions of the entire 2017 festival.

Good luck!

1 Review

Overall Rating
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    Natalie Metzger

    Wonderfully curated festival.
    Small town vibe. Very welcoming.

    September 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for attending Natalie! Your film was a welcome addition to the 2016 fest!