Directing Change Announces Regional Winners

Directing Change Program & Film Contest announced the regional finalists in the fifth annual student film contest. Young people throughout the state of California submitted 60-second films about suicide prevention and mental health to start important conversations in their community.

Sixteen regional winners advance to the final round of judging and the statewide winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Escondido, Calif. on Thursday, May 11.


This year, the program received 456 submissions from 110 schools and community-based organizations, representing 28 California counties and 1,343 youth and young adults. Films are judged by volunteers who specialize in mental health and suicide prevention, media, and film production.

Since 2012, the Directing Change Program and Film Contest has engaged over 5,300 youth in creating over 2,100 short films that raise awareness about suicide prevention and mental health. Its innovative approach to the film making process, prepares youth to respond appropriately to a friend in need by learning the warning signs, encouraging youth not to keep suicide a secret, and seek help by talking to a trusted adult about mental health and suicide.

These young and talented film makers are inspiring a new generation to reach out and speak up about suicide prevention and mental health. Check out the complete list of regional winners by visiting here.  


Reserve your seat at the 2017 Directing Change Awards Ceremony

RSVP today to attend the Directing Change Awards Ceremony on May 11th in Escondido, CA to celebrate the accomplishments of the participants as well as find out which films are selected as the statewide winners of the 2017 Directing Change Program and Film Contest! Click here to attend.

For more information about the film contest visit