Mosaic World Film Festival set for Aug. 3 at Rockford Woman’s Club

July 31, 2013

Staff Report

The Sixth Annual Mosaic World Film Festival is set for Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Rockford Woman’s Club, 323 Park Ave., downtown Rockford.

The annual Mosaic World Film Festival gives fans and filmmakers an intimate glimpse into the filmmaking community of the stateline area and the world. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. for the first session, which runs 3-5 p.m. Following a short break, doors will open again at 6:30 p.m. for the second session, which runs 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $5, available at the door beginning at 2 p.m.

Founded in 2008, the Mosaic World Film Festival is an annual event from the Mosaic Film Project that unites filmmakers through the creative and powerful medium of film. The event was started by students from the Rockford area who desired to create an event that would empower young people to creatively express themselves, while providing them with the means to affect their community in a positive way.

The Mosaic World Film Festival is held each August at a venue in the Rockford area and features a screening of original films, a red-carpet pre-event, and the opportunity for filmmakers to connect with the community.

The festival is unique in that not only does it exhibit films created by young filmmakers, but it also supports local charities by collecting donated items at the door. To date, the festival has raised more than $1,800 worth of items that have been distributed. For more about MWFF, visit www.mosaicfilmfest.com.

Judges for this year’s films are filmmaker Elizabeth Allen, director of the films Aquamarine and Ramona and Beezus; Julie Englander, a documentary producer and director who has worked with WTTW Channel 11 and Kartemquin Films; and Jerry LaBuy, founder of the Mosaic Film Project and host of this year’s fest.

Awards will be presented immediately following the evening screenings. Information about this year’s films and attending the fest can be found on the MWFF website (http://www.mosaicfilmfest.com/attend.html).

MWFF has really become a community of talented filmmakers, and we’ve seen filmmakers coming back year after year with new films, which is terrific,” said LaBuy. “Since opening the fest up with more categories this year, we’ve seen the amount of submissions triple. We now have two sessions of films, and if things continue this well, we’ll soon be looking at a multi-day event.”

Door prize entries will be given for donated items at the door that will directly support local charities. A full list of items needed can be found on the festival website (http://www.mosaicfilmfest.com/attend.html). The grand prize for this year’s door prizes is a pair of tickets to see the musical Million Dollar Quartet in Chicago at the Apollo Theatre. The more items donated, the more entries you will receive.

For more about the Mosaic World Film Festival or the Mosaic Film Project, contact LaBuy at (815) 742-7410.

From the July 31-Aug. 6, 2013, issue

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