Directing Change Film Contest

The Directing Change Program submission deadline is March 1, 2020! 

The Directing Change Program & Film Contest offers young people the opportunity to create 30 & 60 second films about mental health or suicide prevention that are used to support awareness, education and advocacy efforts on these topics.

At a glance the program:

  • Offers a free and evaluated suicide prevention and mental health education program that can easily be integrated into a classroom, club, or extracurricular activities.
  • Is supported by the California Department of Education and offers trainings and technical assistance to districts and schools to meet the requirements of AB 2246.
  • Is open to middle and high school students as well as youth & young adults ages 14-25 in California in partnership with an organization, club, college or university.
  • Invites young people to create 30-second and 60-second films about suicide preventionmental health and through the lens of culture, exploring the topics in different languages and from the perspective of different cultures. This year the new SanaMente category asks youth to create films about mental health in Spanish.
  • Recognizes youth and schools/organizations at an award ceremony at the end of the school year.

Get started by reviewing the contest rules here and check out more information on this year’s submission categories.

Judges Needed:

Every year about 200 to 300 judges are needed to help select the winning films.  This is a great opportunity to involve community members in suicide prevention and mental health efforts!  The entire process takes approximately two hours of your time, all of which can be done online from home.  The deadline to contact Directing Change with interest in being a judge is Feb 24th, 2020.  For more information and to volunteer visit:

Judges …

  • Participate in a brief 30-45 minute judging orientation in (via phone or webinar) in February or March 2020.
  • Review up to 12 sixty-second film submissions and complete an online scoring form for each (time commitment of less than two hours.) The judging period will be taking place in at the end of March, 2020.
  • Are recognized on the contest website and in the award ceremony program

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