Monthly Prompt Judging – Films

 
  • Dear Judge,

    We encourage you to seek personal support if you become troubled by the content of this category. If you experience an emotional crisis, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or to the California Warmline at (855) 845-7415.

    The entries you are judging are submissions in the Hope and Justice category. Entries in this category deal with a variety of topics including mental health, suicide prevention, social justice and other complex topics that need to be addressed with compassion and knowledge.

    For this category we asked youth to communicate about what they are feeling, increase knowledge about an issue or take a stand against injustice, or share their perspective in a way that gives others a glimpse into their lives. While some youth submit entries share ideas for solutions to the issues of concern, others used this as an opportunity to process their feelings in a therapeutic way. We welcome all types of submissions. In our submission criteria, we remind youth that whatever message they choose, their submissions need to be thoughtful and respectful. We asked youth to be honest about their feelings, but to be sure their entries convey that they are coming from a place of cultural humility and has the intent to further understanding and constructive dialogue about social justice and change. So, as a judge please score each of these entries based on how well they conveyed their messages and followed these guidelines. At any point if you are experiencing technical difficulties with the website, or have questions regarding the category, please email Shanti@DirectingChange.org or call (619) 786-5622.

    In advance, we appreciate your time.

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  • Messaging Scoring Measures

  • Please enter a number from 0 to 25.

    Life can be overwhelming, especially when dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, other mental health challenges, or thoughts of suicide. Where can youth turn when they need someone to talk to? There are many resources available, but not everyone knows about them. Write or Create art that encourages young people to reach out for help, reassures them they are not alone and creatively promotes a crisis resource to their peers.

    Submissions can:

    • Promote the phone number or resource in a creative way that encourages people to reach out for help.
    • Share a personal story or reasons for why a young person should reach out for help.
    • Focus on what someone can do to prevent suicide such as reaching out to a friend and seeking support.
    • Educate viewers on the warning signs, that it is okay to break a friend’s trust and not keeping suicide a secret, and the importance of asking someone directly if they are thinking about suicide.
  • Please enter a number from 0 to 15.
    While this scoring measure is highly subjective and based on each individual’s feelings after viewing the submission, the goal of this scoring measure is to judge how well the youth succeeded in inspiring the audience in a way that leaves a lasting and meaningful impact and/or provided information that will advance knowledge on the topic.
  • Please enter a number from 0 to 25.
  • Please enter a number from 0 to 15.
    This is less about content, but about the creativity used to communicate the content.
  • Please enter a number from 0 to 10.
    - If a film or TikTok – consider the focus, exposure, audio clarity, use of graphics and/or special effects, pacing and flow. - If a painting, digital art, sketch, comic, animation, or other 2-D art – consider the skill in use of line, color, form, texture, perspective, visual rhythm, etc. - If a radio PSA – consider the pace, clarity of messaging, use of music or sound effects, overall flow of script, etc. - If original music – consider the clarity, rhythm, musical and/or mechanical skill, phrasing, etc. - If a blog, poem, spoken word, essay or other narrative – consider the structure, grammar, word choice, flow, rhyme scheme, expressiveness, etc.
  • Please enter a number from 0 to 10.
If you are experiencing an emotional crisis, are thinking about suicide or are concerned about a friend call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline immediately: 1-800-273-8255This is a free 24-hour hotline.
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