Spectrum Health and The Mosaic Film Experience announced the winners of the inaugural Spectrum Health Mosaic Mobile student film competition, a short film competition that challenged Michigan high school students to share their unique stories through films shot and edited entirely on mobile devices. The winning students will be recognized during a Mosaic Film Experience event in the fall.

For the past five years, The Mosaic Film Experience has facilitated the mobile film competition. This is the first year an organization partnered with The Mosaic Film Experience to host its own unique Mosaic Mobile contest.

“We are constantly looking for ways to be more innovative, so we are excited to partner with The Mosaic Film Experience,” said Ovell Barbee, diversity officer and senior vice president of human resources at Spectrum Health. “Creativity is a key skill for our community’s youth and our nearly 30,000 employees.”

All Spectrum Health Mosaic Mobile films were required to be two to three minutes in length and meet three requirements. Entrants had to use “people first” as a theme, use “headphones”as a prop, and use the words “We hear you” within the film.

“Mosaic Mobile content is about challenging the conventions of storytelling. With technology leveling the content creation playing field, the focus is now on how to use today’s tools to tell more original and diverse stories,” said Skot Welch, founder of The Mosaic Film Experience. “We look forward to continuing our annual Mosaic Mobile competition, while also teaming with more community partners, like Spectrum Health, to host Mosaic Mobile contests of their own.”

2019 Spectrum Health Mosaic Mobile winners:


1st Prize ($1,000): “Behind the Wall” by Mariah Barrera, City High Middle School

2nd Prize ($500): “Silent Voices” by Morgan Weststrate, Byron Center High School

3rd Prize ($250): “Same” by Tess Cowles, Loy Norrix High School

Notable storyline: Mosaic Mobile: “People First” by Carter Liss, Vicksburg High School

Notable concept: “The Hidden Evil” by Nathan Ewing, Gabby Viatali and Hayden Karnes, Byron Center High School

Notable camera work: “We Hear You” by Cyanna Nicolai, Byron Center High School


About Mosaic Film Experience

Founded in 2011, 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://www.mosaicfilmexperience.com.

Adam Russo