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Mosaic Film Experience’s 10th anniversary event to award student filmmakers

Multiple districts – Area students will win up to $1,000 for films they created on their mobile devices, during the 10th anniversary celebration of the Mosaic Film Experience on Wednesday, Nov. 3.

To be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m., the event will be broadcast live from Celebration Cinema North. Students can register for free here, for a program culminating the Grand Rapids nonprofit’s 10 years of encouraging student interest and skills in filmmaking. The event will feature speakers from the film industry and recognize winners of the mobile-film competition. Prizes range from $100 to $1,000, the top prize including a scholarship to Interlochen Center for the Arts. 

Among the featured speakers is Mariah Barrera, a 2019 City High-Middle School graduate and now a student at Columbia University, who has won numerous awards for her film work. 

Other speakers include founders of 9B Collective, the first Black-owned concept art studio, which has worked with Netflix, Marvel and HBO; Rolando Gonzalez, the creative director of the Mexico City-based agency Runente; and Julien and Justen Turner, filmmakers and co-owners of Columbus, Ohio-based Dreadhead Films, who have produced works for Sesame Street, Air Jordan and Amazon. 

“These inspiring creatives are challenging the status quo and making a place for diverse voices in the world of storytelling,” said Mosaic Film Experience founder Skot Welch. 

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Charles Honey is editor-in-chief of SNN, and covers series and issues stories for all districts. As a reporter for The Grand Rapids Press/mLive from 1985 to 2009, his beats included Grand Rapids Public Schools, local colleges and education issues. Honey served as editor of The Press’ award-winning Religion section for 15 years and its columnist for 20. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today, Religion News Service and Faith & Leadership magazine. Read Charles' full bio

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