The Mosaic Film Festival

The 2020 Mosaic Film Festival of Arts and Culture is a forum for filmmakers from Atlantic Canada and beyond to share their experiences, their journeys and their cultural identities.

In 2020, the film festival will take place in November. More details coming soon.

The inaugural festival held at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 August 30, 2019 was a success with filmmakers Joe Chang, Marie Wright and Leona Krahn winning Best Short, Best Documentary and Best Feature Film respectively. We continue the celebration this year with a bigger festival as we screen and recognise creators like you.

How to participate

To submit a film to the Mosaic Festival of Arts and Culture, please do so through our FilmFreeway link below. Be sure to take note of the guidelines also listed below.

Awards will be given to winners in these Categories


  • Best Short Film
  • Best Feature Film
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Actor
  • Best Director
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Original Music

Important Dates


  • Regular Deadline: July 30, 2020
  • Late Deadline: September 15, 2020
  • Notification Date: October 15, 2020
  • Event Date: November 13, 2020

Mosaic Film Festival Guidelines:


  • All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles.
  • Short film entries must be under 30 minutes in length
  • Films must be submitted via online screener.
  • All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2016
  • Works-in-progress and films with distribution are accepted.
  • The Mosaic Film Festival places no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.
  • More than one entry may be submitted, and each must be submitted separately.
  • Awards and Official Selections are based on overall merits of the films and are at the sole discretion of the jury and programming committee. All decisions of programmers are final.
  • All FilmFreeway submissions for the Mosaic Film Festival are to be paid by credit card. The submission fee is non-refundable.
  • Waiver codes for Maritime filmmakers, email us for a waiver code
  • Entrants agree to indemnify and hold us, including our volunteers, our directors, and our sponsors and affiliates harmless against all claims arising out of entry or participation in The Mosaic Film Festival.
  • We reserve the right to update our terms and conditions.
  • By submitting to the Mosaic Film Festival, I confirm that I have read and accepted the terms and regulations of the Mosaic Film Festival. I will provide the festival with any additional information required pursuant to these rules and regulations. I authorize the Mosaic Film Festival to exhibit my film, and if selected, I confirm that an exhibition copy will be available in a required format for screening during the 2020 festival. I certify that I hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film/video to the Mosaic Film Festival and that all rights and clearances have been made. This film is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation. I hold Mosaic Film Festival harmless from damage to, or loss of any or all materials en route to, from or otherwise at the festival. I assume all legal responsibilities therein. By Agreeing to these terms, I transfer to Mosaic Film Festival the right to use excerpts of the submitted film, its stills, and trailers, for the purposes of publicity and marketing of the film at the 2020 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2020 festival. I hereby agree to indemnify Mosaic Film Festival, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.

Submit to the Mosaic Film Festival via FilmFreeway


The 2019 Mosaic Film Festival

The 2019 Mosaic Festival of Arts and Culture kicked off on August 30th with our premiere film festival. Taking place at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, this film festival was a forum for filmmakers from Atlantic Canada and beyond to share their experiences, their journeys and their cultural identities. The winning filmmakers and films were selected by the programming committee led by Israel Ekanem. The selected films were screened on August 30th where winning creators and films in the different categories were awarded and recognized.


Best Feature:

While We Can (Dir. Leona Krahn)

This film tells the story of two incredible individuals, both seniors from Winnipeg, Manitoba, who are dedicating their lives to rescuing refugees through Hospitality House Refugee Ministry. Shot over six months, the film captures their day to day work, challenges and compassion for the men, women and children they help save from myriad countries, mostly African. Tom Denton has played a role in the rescue of 40,000 refugees to Canada and is a world expert on the topic of private sponsorship. Canada is the only country in the world that allows private sponsorship of refugees; this film gives rare insight into how it all works.

Best Short:

The Music Box (Dir. Joe Chang)

The Great Chinese Cultural Revolution was a political campaign in China launched and led by Mao Zedong from 1966 to 1976. Nearly ten million people, including outstanding scientists, artists, intellectuals and ordinary people, died during these “Ten Years of Turmoil” or “Ten Years of Holocaust.” This animated short film is based on a real story and sets in China during the Cultural Revolution in 1967, It is about a young boy Liang Liang, whose family is suddenly taken to the countryside by Red Guards. He is able to grab the only thing he treasures which is a western-style music box and is careful not to expose it to the red guards since it was linked to western culture. The film mirrors tragedies that befall children and families who are forced to leave their homes, due to war, colonization and political campaigns – unfortunately a situation which is all too common today.

Best Documentary:

Transform (Dir. Marie Wright)

Transform is a short autobiographical documentary which explores individuals living with the repercussions of spinal injuries. Through their journey of grief and resiliency, we uncover how similar incidents can have different outcomes and that one injury can leave you stronger than ever before.

Other Selected Films:

The Party (Dir. Jinos Akhtarkhavari)

A 4-year-old boy (living in Canada) wishes to invite his aunts (who live in Iran) to his house for dinner. The aunts can not come due to the visa issue and the little boy struggles to understand it. They finally find a way to make him happy.

Fine (Dir. Oritsedere Ikomi)

A successful young woman realizes she might not be as happy and as fulfilled as she thinks.

Cut (Dir. Taylor Olson)

After a late night working Tommy explains how he found the body of his partner Kev in their home.

Fishnet and the Fish (Dir. Ali Nikfar Saeed Mayahy)

It’s about all little fishes in the world.

A View Of The Lake (Dir. Kyle McDonell)

Camille’s disintegrating relationship with her recently divorced father is further strained as she faces the hardest decision she’s ever had to make.