4th Annual Directing Change Regional Winners Announced!

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The Directing Change Program & Film Contest, a statewide effort that offers young people the opportunity to create 60-second films about suicide prevention and mental health, announced the regional finalists in the fourth annual contest.

13 regional winners will advance to the final round of judging, and the statewide winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Glendale, Calif. on Friday, May 20.

Directing Change received 451 submissions from 1,133 youth and young adults from 91 high schools and 35 colleges and youth organizations, representing 31 California counties.

Participating students competed regionally by submitting 60-second films in three categories including suicide prevention, mental health matters and a new category, Through the Lens of Culture. The newest category encouraged participants to choose suicide prevention or mental health as a focus, but with additional requirements including creating a film in a language different than English and/or with focus on how different cultures view these topics.

All submissions were judged by volunteer experts in mental health and suicide prevention, members of the media and professionals in filmmaking and video production. The films were judged based on how the entries creatively explored the topics while also adhering to guidelines about how to safely and appropriately communicate about suicide prevention and mental illness.

To view the full list of the regional winners and their winning films visit www.directingchange.org/2016-winners.

And mark your calendar to join Each Mind Matters in supporting these talented young filmmakers by attending the Directing Change Screening and Award Ceremony on Friday, May 20 from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Everyone is welcome. Please RSVP by clicking here.