Film, Higher Education, and Nonprofits

Nonprofit produces mobile film contest for students

October 11, 2016
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A local nonprofit is calling for mobile short-film submissions by local high school and college students.

The Mosaic Film Experience, or MFE, is accepting entries for the second-annual Mosaic Mobile film contest through 5 p.m. on Oct. 14. 

The contest

Films must be entirely shot and edited on a mobile device and 2-to-3-minutes long, including credits. 

Students may submit up to two entries and must be registered at an accredited high school or college for the 2016-17 school year.

“By challenging the conventions of storytelling, we are helping develop creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills, which are essential to prepare students for the future,” said Skot Welch, founder, Mosaic Film Experience.

The Mosaic Mobile film contest will name first, second and third-place winners in two categories: high school student and college student. 

A panel will select the winners and award cash prizes: first pace, $1,000; second place, $500 and third place, $250.

A public vote will determine the winners of the Rick Wilson Memorial Award. MFE will announce the top 10 high school and college films, as determined by the panel, on Oct. 28, when the films will be posted to the MFE YouTube channel. The public will have 24 hours to vote on the best high school and college films. The two winners of the Rick Wilson Memorial Award will each receive $500 and video production equipment.

The contest's winners will be announced at the fifth-annual MFE Festival on Nov. 2 and 3 at Wealthy Street Theatre in Grand Rapids.

Mosaic Film Experience

Founded in 2011, MFE provides students with access to tools necessary to create art in a digital world.

Grand Rapids-based MFE connects students with digital media professionals, media literacy resources and opportunities to tell and share their stories.