Directing Change



Judges needed for 2023 Directing Change Program & Film Contest

Do you have expertise or interest in film production, screenwriting, acting, journalism, suicide prevention, or mental health? Apply to be a judge! We are now seeking judges to help us select winning films for our annual contest.


  • Participate in a brief judging orientation (via phone or webinar) in January or February 2023
  • Review sixty-second films submissions and complete an online scoring form in March 2023 (Time commitment of less than two hours)
  • Are recognized on the program website and in the award ceremony program

If you’re interested and available, please fill out a judging application. For more information contact us!

Note: High school students and individuals who attend, work at, or are affiliated with a high school are not eligible to participate as judges. High school students are encouraged to participate by submitting films to the contest.

If you are experiencing an emotional crisis, are thinking about suicide or are concerned about a friend, call or text 988 for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (24/7)
Directing Change is part of 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.
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