Finalists announced for student mobile film contest, public vote to determine winner

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – October 25, 2019 – The Mosaic Film Experience today announced the 10 high school finalist films from its 2019 Mosaic Mobile film contest, an annual mobile storytelling competition where students shoot, edit and submit films on mobile devices. Cash prizes include $1,000 to first place, $500 to second place and $250 to third place. An online public vote will determine the winner of the Rick Wilson Memorial Award, which includes a $500 cash prize. Voting opens on October 24 and ends October 28 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Watch the full playlist of videos and vote here.

The 10 short films will be screened at the eighth annual Mosaic Event at the Wealthy Theater on November 6 and 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Mosaic Event is unique, full-day student-centered experience that includes interactive presentations from leading digital media and film industry professionals from across the country and hands-on workshops led by local professionals.

“The late Rick Wilson was an impactful member of the inaugural team of The Mosaic Film Experience,” said Skot Welch, founder of The Mosaic Film Experience. “He was always willing to lend his support to students promoting their stories and the amplifying of their voices.”

Mosaic Mobile 2019 High School Finalists:

“Journey to Belonging,” Sophia DiPiazza, Careerline Tech Center

“Red, White & Green,” Mariah Barrera, City High Middle School

“Burn Bright,” Kylie Conroy, Careerline Tech Center

“Stereotypes,” Melanie Rivera, Careerline Tech Center

“Belonging is Overrated,” Kaleigh Kenyon, Careerline Tech Center

“Sanctuary,” Kaleb McClain, Careerline Tech Center

“A Second Story,” Xiangyu Chen, East Grand Rapids High School

“Pineapple Pizza,” Kaleo Huihui, Careerline Tech Center

“Future,” Amanda Hernandez, Careerline Tech Center

“What is Belonging?” Brayden Munster, Careerline Tech Center

“Mosaic Mobile challenges the conventions of filmmaking,” said Welch. “With technology leveling the playing field, we focus on how students can use today’s tools to tell original and engaging stories, while developing skills necessary for career preparedness.”

First, second and third place awards are determined by a panel of local film producers as well as media literacy and other creative industry professionals.

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About Mosaic Film Experience

Founded in 2012, The Mosaic Film Experience (MFE) is a 501(c)(3) organization that uses the platform of digital media to provide students with an opportunity to tell their unique stories and equip them with the critical thinking, collaborative and creative skills necessary for career preparedness. There are three aspects to The Mosaic Film Experience: The Mosaic Event: An annual interactive experience that provides students access to industry professionals through creative, career-inspiring workshops. Mosaic Mobile: An annual mobile film competition where films are shot, edited, and entered on mobile devices. Mosaic Community: Events ranging from afterschool curriculum to industry guest speakers and film screenings. For more information about MFE, visit http://mosaicfilmexperience.com/.

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