Mobile technology has leveled the playing field.

The Mosaic Mobile short film competition is about challenging the conventions of storytelling and encouraging students to tell their unique stories in innovative ways. Mosaic Mobile celebrates creative thinking and discovery while exploring the diverse world in which we live.

Searching for new and creative ways to engage your students? Mosaic Mobile is our annual mobile short film competition where high school students use mobile devices to shoot, edit, and enter their films. More than $2,000 in cash prizes is awarded to students each year. Mosaic Mobile is open to any student attending a high school.

2020 Requirements

Theme: Possibilities

Prop: Keys

Saying: “I Am…”


Mosaic Mobile 2020 will award more than $2,000 in cash prizes to winning student filmmakers. New for 2020 – Adobe has offered an amazing opportunity for our four finalists- mentoring sessions with Adobe pros winter 2020 – 2021 with the possibility of their work being screened at the 2021 Adobe Max conference.

Accepting Submissions

September 28 – October 11, 2020


Check out our resource page – have your students check out on their mobile devices.

Adobe Premiere Rush:

Adobe Premiere Rush, the do it all app for creating and sharing online videos, is offering free, 3-month Pro licenses to the first 300 Mosaic Mobile participants or Mosaic Event registrants. Teachers may request multiple licenses, but each participating student will need to create an Adobe account. Information on creating an account without a credit card is available. This offer is first-come-first-served so sign your students up today.

For more information contact:

  • Filmmakers must be a current high school student.
  • Films must be shot and edited on a mobile device (phone or tablet).
  • Up to two entries per person are allowed.
  • Films must be two- to three-minutes in length (plus credits).
  • Credits must include production crew, APPs/devices used, music/stock and archival. footage/sound effects (free or permission), art, etc.
  • Films must include the three film criteria: theme, prop, and saying.
  • Any music and sound effects used in your film must have copyright permission or be royalty-free.
  • All films submitted are entered into the Mosaic Film Experience competition to be judged by a panel of area film directors, media literacy professionals, and other industry professionals.

Decisions of the judges are final. Submitted films may be screened at the Mosaic Event as well as shared on the Mosaic Film Experience website and social media channels.

Mosaic Mobile entries, finalists, and winners will permit the Mosaic Film Experience to use their name, contact information, likeness, publicity stills, film or video footage, title, and logline of material in pre- and post-competition publicity and promotional efforts.

If you wish to opt-out of this stipulation, please request in writing and submit it to

Please carefully read all rules and requirements before creating your film. Shoot, edit, and submit your film using your mobile device. Each Mosaic Mobile film requires the use of a theme, prop, and saying. The three requirements are intentionally open-ended to encourage students’ interpretation and creativity.

There are three main areas:


The focus here is on the structure of the film and how students approach storytelling. A student’s ability to articulate their ideas creatively and include all of the required elements will be examined.

Technical Excellence

Aesthetics take center stage in this area. This includes lighting, audio, editing, and more. We understand students have had various levels of experience in filmmaking as it relates to these things and intentionality does not go unrecognized.

Mosaic Film

Here, we consider a student’s point-of-view. We value films that take on a new lens or different/interesting perspective. The Mosaic Mobile Film Competition™ aims to help students be empowered to own their own narratives and expand the media landscape by adding their voice. Diversity is key in this area which includes many things (age, gender, orientation, ability, ethnicity, SES, experiences, culture, and more.)

Rick Wilson Memorial Award

Friend, fighter for justice, and trusted ally. These are just a few words that describe a great man. Rick Wilson was an Emmy award-winning journalist, storyteller, and a leading voice in the area of equity, inclusion, and diversity. He was an impactful member of the inaugural Mosaic Film Experience team, ensuring that we make a difference in the lives of students. In 2013, we lost our friend, but he is still in our hearts and conversation. The Rick Wilson Memorial Award celebrates Rick’s life and legacy. We encourage you to do what Rick would do: Create something great, change lives, inspire your community, and be bold. And most importantly, have fun. The Rick Wilson Award is selected by public vote and we encourage voters to do what Rick would do.