Close to 300 people made their way to catch a movie on South Main Street in Rockford. The Mosaic World Film Festival brought a big crowd downtown for the 11th year in a row, the film buffs who packed the house, say the film festival is a special event.
“I love The Mosaic Film Festival,” said Attendee James Hogan. “It’s great that something like this happens in Rockford.” 280 others agree. Friday, crowds gathered at the Nordlof Center for the 11th Annual Mosaic World Film Festival. “I am glad it has survived and grown to what it has become,” said Festival Executive Direct Jerry LaBuy. “It’s a chance a talk to the director, the cast and the creators of the film,” said Attendee Jennifer Kanosky. “It makes it more immediate, I like that sometimes the topic are more intimate”
Within it’s first four years, the festival was just for students, but with increasing interest, it became more and expanded to all filmmakers. “We get hundreds and hundreds of submissions then we have to narrow it down that’s the tough part,” said LaBuy. This year the festival’s Programming Committee sifted through 400 submissions, only 55 made the cut. “They like what were showing,” said LaBuy. “They like that we kind of curate a good selection of films you’re not going to see anywhere else.”
For most movie lovers, what this festival offers is more than just what’s on the screen. It’s part of a culture.
“The festival fills an empty spot inside me,” said Hogan. “I miss having a place to see independent film in the Rockford area. At least, I know at the Mosaic film festival once a year I’ll get to a chance to see great independent films in the Rockford area.”
“There’s a lot of good hype going on this is great for Rockford great for northwest Illinois,” said Kanosky. “We’re aware of this now, we will be making this part of our routine.”
If you’d like to check out some of the other films at this weekend’s festival you can purchase tickets here.