Directing Change: Regional Winners Revealed!


Directing Change

The regional winners have been announced for the third annual Directing Change Student Film Program, a statewide effort that empowers young people to promote suicide prevention and end the silence about mental illness among their peers.

Twenty regional winners will advance to the final round of judging, and the statewide winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 19. To view the full list of the regional winners and their winning films visit:

This year 420 submissions, representing 1226 students from 112 high schools and 7 University of California (UC) campus locations were received. Participating students competed regionally by submitting 60-second films in two categories: suicide prevention and ending the silence of mental illness. Winners were selected from the following counties: Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Francisco, Placer, Stanislaus, Sacramento, Sonoma, Mariposa, Butte, and Yolo.

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.

Participating schools were provided with educational resources and offered a suicide prevention or mental health program for their school through donations from various non-profit organizations.

Join Each Mind Matters in supporting these talented young filmmakers by attending the Directing Change Screening and Award Ceremony  on Tuesday, May 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento. Everyone is welcome. Please RSVP at