Directing Change Film Contest

Sponsoring the new Through the Lens of Culture category in the Directing Change film contest.

October 27, 2015

Culture to Culture Sponsors Directing Change Film Contest

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Culture to Culture Foundation is partnering with Directing Change as a sponsor of the new Through the Lens of Culture category in their California state-wide video/film contest. Culture to Culture is providing cash prizes for this category and will participate as judges as well. Feel free to download and share the flyer with anyone who may be interested in competing in this worthwhile contest. 

 

Directing Change film contest is part of Each Mind Matters:  California’s Mental Health Movement and statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. These initiatives are funded by counties through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. The film contest is open to high school students, youth and young adults in California.

Directing Change film contest is part of Each Mind Matters:  California’s Mental Health Movement and statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. These initiatives are funded by counties through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. The film contest is open to high school students, youth and young adults in California.

Through the Lens of Culture is one of three categories in the 2016 contest. By submitting a 60-seconds film in the Through the Lens of Culture category, young film makers are encouraged to explore the topics of suicide prevention and mental health through the lens of a particular culture. The submission deadline for the contest is March 1, 2016.

 

Prizes for this category will be:

  • 1st place: $1,000
  • 2nd place: $500
  • 3rd place: $250
  • 4th place:  $125
  • 5th place: $125
  • Schools, organizations, clubs and programs associated with the winning film in each category are eligible to receive $1000 to support suicide prevention and mental health awareness programs and activities at their school or organization.  A short narrative outlining planned activities will be required.
  • First, second and third place winners will be provided with travel stipends (for up to four people) to attend the award ceremony.
  • Winning films will be featured on the Directing Change compilation DVD and the program website

For more information on the contest, visit Directing Change's contest rules and FAQ page.

 

 

February 11, 2016

Directing Change Film Contest Deadline Approaching

The submission deadline to the Directing Change film contest is March 1, 2016.  Contra Costa County is promoting the contest on its offical website. In addition, the county and Bay Area Chinese language television Channel 26 both produced public service announcements to publicizing the contest.

PSA created by Contra Costa County

Mandarin version of the PSA produced by Channel 26

Cantonese version of the PSA produced by Channel 26

May 12, 2016

2016 Directing Change Film Contest Winners Announced

The Directing Change organization announced the winners of its film contest. Culture to Culture Foundation sponsored the Through the Lens of Culture category. 6 winners were selected in the suicide prevention sub-category and 5 winners were selected in the Mental Health Matters sub-category. The list of winners together with the winning videos are on the 2016 Directing Change Winners page.

June 6, 2017

2017 Directing Change Film Contest Winners Announced

In 2017, Culture to Culture Foundation again had the honor to be in partnership with Directing Change for the state-wide film contest. This year, the contest received 456 films, representing 1343 youth from 110 schools and organizations across California. Pictures, list of winners, together with the winning videos are on the 2017 Directing Change Winners page.