Directing Change Program and Film Contest
Directing Change Program and Film Contest
Notice provided by Butte County Mental Health Services
Monday, August 13, 2018

Students 14-24 or grades 7-12 -- here's an opportunity to receive recognition or cash prizes by creating a public service announcement or short film about mental health or suicide prevention.

Some of the categories and prizes are listed below.  More information is available at http://www.directingchangeca.org/.  

Teachers and administrator who would like more information or promotional assistance may contact: 


Prize Categories and Awards

High School Students and Youth or Young Adults – All films will be pre-screened by the Directing Change Team.  The best films from every region will move on to a panel of regional judges, who will select the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category (mental health, suicide prevention) from five regions within the state of California. (If less than 15 entries are received from any given region it might be combined with another region at the discretion of the contest organizers). To see which region your school falls into, click here.

Regional Prizes in each category:

  • 1st place: $500
  • 2nd place: $250
  • 3rd place: $250
  • Schools associated with the first place winning film in each category, in each region, are eligible to receive $500 to support suicide prevention and mental health awareness programs and activities at their school (subject to availability of funding and one prize per school).  A short narrative outlining planned activities will be required.
  • Up to two participants from the first place regional film team will be provided with travel stipends to attend the award ceremony (subject to availability of funding).
  • Schools and organizations associated with the first place regional film in each category will receive a trophy.
  • Winning films will be featured on the Directing Change compilation DVD and the program website.

The first place winning film from each region, in each category will move on to a a second, statewide round of judging.  A new judging panel will review and score the films and determine the first, second and third place statewide winners. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony at the end of the school year.  In addition, the Directing Change team will select up to 5 films in each category to move onto the statewide round of judging.

Middle School Students – 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be selected for the Walk In Our Shoes category by a judging panel.  There is only one round of judging.

Prizes in each category:

  • 1st place: $500
  • 2nd place: $250
  • 3rd place: $250
  • Schools, organizations, clubs and programs associated with the first place winning film in each category are eligible to receive $500 to support suicide prevention and mental health awareness programs and activities at their school or organization (subject to availability of funding and one prize per school).  A short narrative outlining planned activities will be required.
  • Up to two participants from the first place film team will be provided with travel stipends to attend the award ceremony (subject to availability of funding).
  • Winning films will be featured on the Directing Change compilation DVD and the program website

Through the Lens of Culture – 1st, 2nd  and 3rd place winners will be selected in each category (mental health, suicide prevention) by a judging panel. There is only one round of judging.

Prizes in each category:

  • 1st place: $1,000
  • 2nd place: $500
  • 3rd place: $250
  • Schools, organizations, clubs and programs associated with the first place winning film in each category are eligible to receive $500 to support suicide prevention and mental health awareness programs and activities at their school or organization (subject to availability of funding and one prize per school).  A short narrative outlining planned activities will be required.
  • At the discretion of the contest organizers, the two categories may be combined into one larger category; prizes will then be based on the combined category and awarded accordingly.
  • Up to two participants from the first place film team will be provided with travel stipends to attend the award ceremony (subject to availability of funding).
  • Winning films will be featured on the Directing Change compilation DVD and the program website.

SanaMente 30-second PSA – 1st  to 3rd place winners will be selected by a SanaMente judging panel.

Prizes:

  • 1st place: $500
  • 2nd place: $250
  • 3rd place: $250
  • Schools, organizations, clubs and programs associated with the first place winning film are eligible to receive a SanaMente mini grant to support mental health and suicide prevention awareness activities. A short narrative and application will be required.
  • Winning films will be featured on the Directing Change compilation DVD and the program website.

Animated Short – 30-second PSA – 1st  to 5th place winners will be selected by a special judging panel.

Prizes:

  • 1st place: $1,000
  • 2nd place: $500
  • 3rd place: $500
  • 4th place: $250
  • 5th place: $250
  • Up to two participants from the first place film team will be provided with travel stipends to attend the award ceremony (subject to availability of funding).
  • Winning films will be featured on the Directing Change compilation DVD and the program website.
  • Films will be integrated into the statewide suicide prevention awareness social marketing campaign and possibly shown on TV, online and in movie theaters.