Judges’ Panel chairman set for Rockford’s Aug. 1-2 Mosaic Film Festival

Staff Report

Rockford’s Mosaic World Film Festival (MWFF) has announced its Judges’ Panel chairman for the Aug. 1-2 event, which will be held at the downtown Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St., Rockford.

The Mosaic World Film Fest has grown into an event that goes beyond Rockford and has generated interest with filmmakers from around the world,” said Festival Director and Programmer Jerry LaBuy. “We have even added additional days and screenings for the 2014 event that will include feature films and a filmmaker Q&A.”

This international film festival is based in Rockford, and gives fans and filmmakers an intimate glimpse into the filmmaking community.

MWFF has really become a community of talented filmmakers, and I love how filmmakers who have participated in the past fests are coming back again and again,” LaBuy said. “We continue to screen some of the best films from the U.S. and around the world, which is fantastic. The high quality of our fest allows us to attract industry-experienced filmmakers for our Judges’ Panel, like this year’s chairperson, Elizabeth Allen.”

2014 MWFF Judges’ Panel Chairman Elizabeth Allen is a graduate of USC and Cornell University. She launched her career with the successful festival short Eyeball Eddie. She recently directed the independent thriller Careful What You Wish For, starring Nick Jonas, Dermot Mulroney, Paul Sorvino, Graham Rogers and Isabel Lucas. Produced by Hyde Park Entertainment and Troika Films, the film will be released in 2014.

Allen made her feature film directorial debut with Aquamarine, Fox 2000’s 2006 mermaid movie starring Sara Paxton and Emma Roberts. She followed that up with the 20th Century Fox film Ramona and Beezus, based on the book series by Beverly Cleary. She has also directed episodes of Gossip Girl, 90210, Life Unexpected, Vampire Diaries and Franklin & Bash.

For more information, visit www.mosaicfilmfest.com.

Mosaic World Film Festival

Founded in 2008, the Mosaic World Film Festival is an annual event from the Mosaic Film Project that unites filmmakers from around the world 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 open to all filmmakers, with both student and open categories. It 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 each other and the community.

The festival is unique in that not only does it exhibit films, but it also supports area charities by hosting a food and clothing drive during the event. To date, the festival has raised more than $2,500 toward local charities and countless donations of clothing, food and goods.

Mosaic Film Project

The Mosaic Film Project is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping filmmakers express themselves and change their world for the better through the medium of film.

The Mosaic Film Project is the film education arm of the Mosaic World Film Festival and partners with schools, museums, libraries and other community centers for film screenings and to provide the knowledge and hands-on opportunity for individuals to make their own movies and tell their own stories.

The Mosaic Film Project hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including filmmaking seminars and lectures featuring film professionals, production workshops, screenings, and its annual major event — the Mosaic World Film Festival. All of these events are designed to mentor and help filmmakers create not just films, but a positive impact on their community.

From the July 23-29, 2014, issue

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