2015 MWFF Judges Panel Announcement!

The 2015 Mosaic World Film Festival (MWFF) today announced its competition jury members for their 8th annual event, which will be held this August 28th, 29th, and 30th in Rockford, IL.

The 2015 jury includes production designer Kevin Conran, documentary filmmaker Bing Liu, and ASC cinematographer Cynthia Pusheck.

“This is a terrific mix of filmmakers and artists on the jury this year. They have no easy task selecting this year’s MWFF winners in each category,” said Jerry LaBuy, Director and programmer for the MWFF. “We have over 80 terrific films from all over the world. It’s just a very strong field this year and hard decisions will need to be made.”

Jury Members

Kevin Conran
Working as a one man art department, Kevin designed the landmark Paramount Pictures feature film, SKY CAPTAIN & THE WORLD OF TOMORROW. He has also worked on the films BEE MOVIE and MONSTERS VS. ALIENS for DreamWorks Pictures. Kevin has also worked at DreamWorks as production designer of the multiple award winning TV series DRAGONS – RIDERS OF BERK, a spinoff of the film HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON.
In addition to theater and TV screens, Kevin’s work has appeared in video games, newspapers, magazines, theme parks, and national ad campaigns.

Bing Liu
Bing moved from China to Alabama to California to Illinois before he was 8. He cut his teeth making skateboarding videos before working for a grip and lighting company. As a member of the International Cinematographer’s Guild, Bing has worked on film and television shows including DIVERGENT, JUPITER ASCENDING, EMPIRE, and CHIRAQ.
Bing is co-producing MINDING THE GAP, his debut directorial feature documentary with Kartemquin Films. He holds a degree in literature from UIC.

Cynthia Pusheck
Originally from Rockford, Illinois where she graduated from East High School and attended Rock Valley for one year, Cynthia soon moved to Chicago with some friends while she figured out what she wanted to do with her life. Luckily she signed up for a film 101 class at Columbia College, and that was all it took. Cynthia soon moved to LA, where she worked as a camera assistant, both above and below water, on such projects as PEEWEE’S PLAYHOUSE, PATRIOT GAMES, WHITE FANG, HOOK, ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES, WATERWORLD, FREE WILLY, ALIEN RESURRECTION, WHITE SQUALL, SPHERE, TOMORROW NEVER DIES, and SAVING PRIVATE RYAN.
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In 1999, “Variety “ magazine selected Pusheck as one of “Fifty to Watch” in their yearly article on up and coming creative talent in Hollywood. In both ‘99 and ‘02 the International Cinematography Guild honored Cynthia for her outstanding photography on two short films in their yearly “Emerging Cinematographer Showcase.” Over the last twelve years Cynthia has moved into TV production and worked as a Cinematographer on CSI MIAMI, CLOSE TO HOME, JUSTICE, BROTHERS AND

In 2010 “Women in Film” honored Pusheck with the Kodak “Vision” Award, given to female cinematographers. The Oscar-winning actress Sally Field presented her with the award. In 2011 Cynthia was invited to join the American Society of Cinematographers, or “ASC”. She is one of the very few women to have received this honor.

2015 Awards for the MWFF
Awards for the MWFF are given out for Best Narrative Short; Best Narrative Short (Student); Best Documentary Short; Best Documentary Short (Student); Best Animated Film; Best Animated Film (Student); Best Music Video; Best Music Video (Student); Best Experimental Film; Best Experimental Film (Student); and the Spotlight Feature and Filmmaker Award. All films selected for the 2015 MWFF are eligible.

About the Mosaic World Film Festival
Founded in 2008, the Mosaic World Film Festival is an annual event from the Mosaic Film Project. The festival is open to all filmmakers, with both student and open categories. The MWFF has screened more than 250 films from more than 40 countries since its first edition in 2008.

The MWFF occurs each August and features a screening of original films, a red carpet opening night event, and the presentation of numerous awards in all submission categories. The Mosaic World Film Festival is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors. Our festival presents quality independent work that may not otherwise be seen in commercial theaters, and represents filmmakers and film communities from around the world.

Our past MWFF judges have included: Oscar-winning director Dan Lindsay, filmmaker Col Spector, documentary producer Julie Englander, educator and filmmaker Camille DeBose, director Bing Liu, and director Elizabeth Allen.

Passes and tickets for the 2015 Festival
All advance online purchase tickets are full festival passes and will allow access to any of the screening programs for the entire weekend. They can be purchased online now at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1887728 for $10. Advance tickets will also be available on Friday, August 28th at the Nordlof Center box office during the event.Single day tickets are only available at the box office and cost $5.00. These tickets are available on August 29th and 30th and are good for a full day of screenings on the day purchased.

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