Halifax is a city that embraces and celebrates diversity. A Saturday visit to the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market will give you a glimpse into how culturally diverse the city is.
I love this city and I am proud of the beautiful mix of colours, cultures and languages and I always look for an opportunity to celebrate it. As an immigrant, this city has embraced and given me wonderful opportunities. I have blossomed as a storyteller and filmmaker. I am grateful.
In my previous article, I gave reasons why I believe the Mosaic Film Festival is important. This city has amazing filmmakers, people I find inspiring and learn as much as I can from. To be given an opportunity to showcase their work is important. The inaugural film festival—which kicks off the three-day Mosaic Festival of Arts and Culture—takes it a step further as we celebrate the diversity in this city and show how welcoming Halifax is by showcasing filmmakers all over the world!
For this first edition of Mosaic Film Festival, we had submissions from almost every continent on the planet. The programming committee was saddled with the responsibility of choosing the films that would be screened at the festival and it was a tough job. But I believe the committee has selected a strong collection of films for this year’s festival. In line with celebrating diversity, we have films from Canada, Iran, China and Nigeria, just to mention a few. We are truly a festival of diversity and culture.
On Friday, Aug. 30, guests of Mosaic Film Festival at the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Theatre in the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 will witness a celebration of culture with music and films. It is prudent to come expecting to have your emotions go on a rollercoaster ride as the films that have been programmed for the festival run the gamut from drama, to romance, to thrillers and many more genres. The filmmakers in the festival have crafted films that share their story in their own unique voices.
Three awards will be given out at the festival:
- Best Short Film presented by the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP) and My Halifax Experience
- Best Documentary presented by Develop Nova Scotia
- Best Feature Film presented by the Downtown Halifax Business Commission
We are grateful to have such generous partners and we cannot wait for next year’s Mosaic Film Festival.
The guests of this first edition will get a taste of what will be an annual event in the city. It’s an event that will keep growing and showcasing talent from diverse cultures.
The party will continue on Aug. 31 with the Mosaic Festival parade starting at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 and running along the waterfront. Also on the waterfront, we will have an epic concert and there will be vendors from different countries in the world celebrating their culture. On Sunday, Sept. 1, the celebration picks up at 9 a.m. and continues till 9 p.m. It will be a memorable event.
Halifax is a city that embraces and celebrates diversity. The Mosaic Festival and its sister film festival are happy to show how true that sentence is. Enjoy this year’s celebration and stay tuned for the Mosaic Film Festival 2020!