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Directing Change 2018 - Getting Started

This “Get Started” Prezi provides participants with a step by step overview of the Directing Change contest and includes resources for creating a winning film.

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Submissions are due March
1, 2018


Directing Change 2018

Getting Started

Here's how to get started:

Like us on Facebook to receive notifications and announcements about the contest, and to post questions to the Directing Change Team
Have a question? Email us any time:
Middle School & High School Students:

1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be selected in each category from these five regions within the state of California by a regional judging panel

Winning teams will be provided with a stipend to attend the award ceremony.

The winners will be announced at the award ceremony in May
Youth and Young Adults,Through the Lens of Culture, SanaMente & Animated Short :

These regions don't apply to you.

1st to 5th place winners will be selected in each category by a judging panel

1st Place: $500
2nd place: $250
3rd place: $250
Mark Ordesky
The "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and ABC’s “The Quest”
Check out a few of our past statewide judges

Michael Gilvary
Film and TV series writer and producer known for the film "According to Greta" and NBC series "Chicago Fire"

Bradley Buecker
Director and producer of the Golden Globe nominated show “Glee”, and has worked on numerous other projects including “The New Normal”.

LaKeith Stanfield
Accomplished actor from films "Short Term 12" and "Get Out" & TV show "Atlanta"
Check out the 2016 awards ceremony
Everything you need and more can be found in the "Submission Tool Box" for each category.
Suicide Prevention Category
What's it about?
Many people don’t know how they should respond to someone who is having thoughts of suicide. Your film should take this opportunity to educate young people and others about what to do, such as learning the warning signs, talking directly about suicide, seeking help from a trusted adult or calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

What does a film in this category look like?
I don't know where to start...?
Learn more about suicide prevention and, view educational videos or get ideas for your film. Check out the "For Youth" page on the website:

Mental Health Matters Category
What is it about?
What does a film in this category look like?
1. Complete the “Film Information” section
2. Complete the “Upload Your Film Section” by uploading your film to the Directing Change Vimeo channel, then cutting and pasting your Vimeo URL into the Entry Form
3. Complete the “School/Organization” section
4. Complete the "Adult Advisor” section
5. Complete information for each participant on the team (up to 10)
6. Every participant has to read and accept the Terms and Conditions by checking the “I agree” box
7. Click “Submit” button
How to submit your film
You will need written permission from the copyright holder to use all copyrighted materials such as popular songs, so you will not be able to just download or purchase your favorite song on iTunes and include it in your film.

Original music or music that is in the public domain (royalty free) may be used in your film if the source is cited in the credits.

Check out the "Forms and Copyright" page for recommended sites with royalty free music.

A note about music in your film
Still have questions?

Shanti Bond-Martinez
Directing Change Program Manager

Contact us:
Or, fill out our contact us form
Submitting the Intent to Direct Form lets us know that you are planning to submit a film
You are in a unique position to give people who are living with mental health challenges what they, just like anyone else, truly deserve – friendship, support, or simply a respectful conversation – that helps them live a full and productive life. Your film should reflect this.
Sounds interesting, but I need some ideas....
How to Help a Friend Fact Sheet
Educational Videos
Mental Health Fact Sheet
Check out these resources on the
"For Students" page:


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-TALK (8255). or

Where can I turn for help if I am in a crisis or concerned about a friend?

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-TALK (8255)


Where can I turn for help if I am in a crisis or concerned about a friend?
A reminder!


Read complete Contest Rules on our website:

Need some help with the content of your film?
Check out these educational videos that give an overview of suicide prevention and mental health that may be helpful when creating your film.
Once we receive an Intent to Direct Form from you, we will contact your school/organization with information about educational resources and prevention programs.
Meredith O'Connor
Singer, song-writer, pop star and anti-bullying activists known for her hit songs "The Game" and "Just The Thing"
Additional Prizes
Schools, organizations, clubs and programs associated with the winning film in each category are eligible to receive $500 to support suicide prevention and mental health awareness programs and activities at their school or organization (one prize per school). A short narrative outlining planned activities will be required.
Winning films will be featured on the Direction Change compilation DVD and the program website.
Middle & High School Prizes
Visit the Contest Rules page for more details about cash prizes in each category
Through the Lens of Culture Category
This category still requires participants to choose suicide prevention or mental health as a focus, but with additional requirements including:
creating a film in a language different than English and that includes captioning
exploring these topics through the lens of different cultures

Learn more on the Submission Categories Page and Submission Toolbox

1st Place: $1,000
2nd place: $500
3rd place: $250
4th place: $125
5th place: $125
Be sure to review the Submission Toolbox and Checklist for your category to ensure you receive the most points for your film!

Review Contest Rules and FAQ
Select a Category

Check out this film as an example
Here's a great example
Submit an Intent to Direct Form
You'll tell us your name, email, choose a submission category, and choose an adult advisor on your campus or at your organization.
A signed release form will be required for every person that worked on the film (crew) and acted in the film (cast) or whose voice can be heard in the film (cast).
if you are under the age of 18, the release form needs to be signed by a parent or legal guardian
Signed release and applicable copyright forms should be kept on file by the adult advisor and will need to be e-mailed or mailed to the Directing Change Team upon request. We no longer require you to upload these as part of the entry form, but we strongly encourage you to fill these out now.
2 new submission categories! Check them out on the website
Once you click "Save & Continue" you will be presented with a link that you need to bookmark and with an option to enter your email to receive the link via email. We strongly recommend doing both, as there is no way for the Directing Change Team to provide you with your link after the fact.
This is how you'll upload your film to our Vimeo page.
Now open to grades 7 to 12!

There are many different definitions for culture, but here is the one we are going to use for the purposes of providing direction to our film makers:
is the characteristics and perspectives of a particular group of people, defined by everything from language, ethnicity, nationality, religion, cuisine, social habits, sexual orientation, a shared experience, music, arts and more. And when it comes to mental health and suicide prevention culture can influence how and if we talk about these topics, whether or not we seek help, what kind of help and from whom.
You can begin and then save this form uncompleted for up to 30 days at a time
Once you click submit you will receive a link that you will cut and paste into the entry form. The link will not work for you- but don’t worry, the Directing Change Team can view it.
Each submission tool box has a Checklist. Be sure to review it!
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