Directing Change Student Film Contest Deadline Extended

The start of the new year is a perfect time to become a part of California’s mental health movement!

With that in mind, we have great news for high school and UC students who are currently working on or are interested in creating films to help make a difference in preventing suicide and ending the silence of mental illness. The Directing Change Student Film Contest has extended the submission deadline to midnight PST February 16, 2015! This means you have more time to work on your films!

The contest is open to high school and University of California students who want to direct change by creating 60-second films in two categories, “Suicide Prevention” or “Ending the Silence of Mental Illness.” And don’t forget – for every intent to direct received (and film submission), the lead student on the form will be entered into a drawing for a GoPro HERO3 camera!

The state of California has been divided into 9 regions and winners will be selected from each region and then will move onto a second round of statewide judging. Past statewide judges for Directing Change include Scott Budnick, Executive Producer of “Due Date” and “Starsky & Hutch”, James Lecense, founder of The Trevor Project, as well as Bradley Buecker, producer of “Glee” and Max Adler, who stars in “Glee.”

Through exposure to the submission guidelines and judging forms, youth participants, school staff and judges are exposed to messaging guidelines for mental health and suicide prevention, warning signs, how to appropriately respond to someone in distress, as well as how to stand up for others who are experiencing a mental health challenge. Participation in Directing Change opens the door to introduce prevention programs to schools. Every school that engages with the contest receives an Ending the Silence presentation from NAMI California (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and one of several donated suicide prevention programs. In addition, students and schools are provided with access to a variety of educational resources on these topics throughout the school year.

First, second and third place UC student winners and all regional first place high school winners will be provided with a travel stipend to attend a legislative briefing at the Capitol and an award ceremony in Sacramento. The 2015 Directing Change Award Ceremony will be held on May 19, 2015 at The Crest Theatre in Sacramento where student winners will walk the red carpet and celebrate their films and hard work making a difference in the mental health of others through their inspiring films. To RSVP, Visit Here.

If you’re interested in participating in the contest, check out the Directing Change website which has everything you need to get started, including a submission tool box, check list, tip sheets and resources: DirectingChange.org