The Mosaic Film Experience (MFE) today announced the kick-off to its third annual Mosaic Mobile film contest, a short-film competition for West Michigan high school and college students.  All Mosaic Mobile films must be entirely shot and edited on mobile devices (i.e., mobile phone or tablet).  Entries can be submitted via the MFE website until October 13 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

“By challenging the conventions of storytelling, we are developing creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills, which are essential to prepare students for the future,” said Skot Welch, founder of The Mosaic Film Experience.  “Mosaic Mobile films celebrate creative thinking and discovery while exploring the diverse world in which we live.”

A juried panel of experts will award first, second and third place cash prizes to high school and college winners.  High school and college first place winners will each take home $1,000, second place winners will be awarded $500 and third place winners will each win $250.

In addition to the juried cash prizes, a public vote will determine the high school and college Rick Wilson Student Choice Award.  On October 25, MFE will announce the top 10 high school and college films, as determined by the juried panel.  The films will be posted to the MFE YouTube channel.  Voting will open at noon on October 27 and the public will have 24 hours to vote for the winning high school and college films.  The two Rick Wilson Student Choice Award winners will each receive cash prizes and video production gear.

All contest winners will be announced at the sixth-annual MFE Festival on November 8 and 9 at the Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“With digital devices in the hands of teens of all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, our community’s youth have an opportunity to tell their unique stories,” said Welch.

All Mosaic Mobile films must be two to three minutes in length, including credits, and must meet three requirements.  Entrants must use “tomorrow” as a theme for their film, use letters as a prop and the words “why not” must be spoken or used in the film.  Participants can enter up to two entries.  All competing students must to be registered in an accredited high school, college or university for the 2017-2018 school year.  Complete rules and contest requirements are listed on the MFE website, http://www.mosaicfilmexperience.commosaic-mobile/.

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