The Directing Change Program & Film Contest is excited to recognize the amazing achievements of youth in California at our 9th annual virtual Awards Ceremony this year! The live event will be streamed on Facebook Live as we announce the statewide winners of the 2021 contest.
Youth filmmakers from across California will be given awards for their short films to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention. We are also excited to announce our first statewide winners for our inaugural Hope and Justice category, which challenged youth to express how they are coping during tough times and have a voice in health and equity conversations taking place across our communities and nation.
Please join us on our Facebook page for the live event on Tuesday, May 18 at 7 pm PST to celebrate our winners! RSVP for the Facebook event or visit our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/DirectingChangeCA
To view films and for a complete list of statewide and regional winners, honorable mentions, and special recognitions, visit www.directingchangeca.org/films.
Vote and Share!
- Vote for your favorite film to win the “2021 People’s Choice” award in each category. The film will be recognized on social media and filmmakers will receive an Amazon gift card.
- Share your favorite films & tag us; every share will result in a donation to the program by one of our sponsors!
This annual award ceremony wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and donors. If you feel moved by the films you see and want to ensure this great work continues, please consider a donation to fund our organization. You can make your donation here.
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Mental Health Matters
A heartfelt thank you to our event sponsors:
Directing Change 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.
This year our signature event sponsor is Blue Shield of California. Blue Shield of California BlueSky Initiative enhances access, awareness and advocacy of youth mental health supports in collaboration with the California Department of Education and leading nonprofit organizations. BlueSky supports California youth mental health by providing access to clinicians in middle and high schools, training educators on the signs of mental health concerns and empowering students with in-person and online mental health support resources.
“Thank you to the student filmmakers and winners of the 2021 Directing Change Film Contest. Film often provides an escape, but after a year unlike any other, it is also an especially impactful creative outlet and educational tool. Your camera lens and your voices can help save a life and shine a spotlight on the often misunderstood mental illness. Blue Shield of California’s BlueSky youth mental health initiative is so proud to support your inspiring work,” says Amanda Lasik, BlueSky Program Manager at Blue Shield of California.
Your Social Marketer, Inc has been a Directing Change partner for many years and is passionate about having the films seen by as many people as possible to inspire much-needed conversations on these topics in our schools, families and communities. They will make a donation for every “Share and Tag” of this year’s finalists.