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Directing Change 2017 - 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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Transcript of Directing Change 2017 - Getting Started

Submissions are due March
1, 2017


Steps and Resources for Creating your Film!
Like us on Facebook to receive notifications and announcements about the contest, and to post questions to the Directing Change Team
Open to High School students and Youth and Young Adults between the ages of 14 and 25
High School Students: You need to be associated with a high school and identify an adult advisor at your school
Enter as a High School Student
Youth or Young Adults:
You must be between 14 and 25 yrs old and associated with a college, university, club, community-based organization, or other agency or program

Don't forget!
Submissions are due March 1, 2017
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 (subject to availability of funding).

The winners will be announced at the award ceremony in May
Youth and Young Adults:

These regions don't apply to you.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be selected in each category by a judging panel and announced at the award ceremony

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 "Dope"
Check out the 2015 awards ceremony
Suicide Prevention
Everything you need and more can be found in the "Submission Tool Box"
Time to decide what category you'll submit in
Suicide Prevention
Disqualifying Content
1. The film
should not
include portrayals of suicide deaths or attempts (such as a person jumping off a building or bridge, or holding a gun to their head).

Content Scoring Measures
1. The film should communicate a hopeful message about suicide prevention that is focused on what others can do to prevent suicide such as recognizing the warning signs and reaching out to a friend.

To Create a Winning Film
Check out these resources on the
"For Students" page:

Mental Health Matters

2. Films
include developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, etc.
Content Scoring Measures

Submit an online entry form which will include:
Film Information (including film link)
School/Organization Information
Adult Advisor Information
All release forms
To Complete the Submission Process
Release Form:

Every person on the submitting team has to sign a release form providing permission for the contest organizers and sponsors to use the video.

*(For anyone under the age of 18 the form also needs to be signed by their parent or a legal guardian)*.

Find the Student Release Form Here:
Image and Voice Release Form:

Every person who appears (visually or voice) in the film needs to sign this release form. In public settings, people in the background do not need to sign a release.

Find the Image and Voice Release Form Here:
Location Permission Form:

The location contract protects both the property owner and the video production team.

* (A location contract is NOT needed if the film is shot on campus)*

Click here to download the Location Permission Form:
Copyright forms:

Any elements in your video, including but without limitation to music, audio, stills, video, supers or other audiovisual materials used must be:

entirely original, created and performed by the entrant and/or participants; or
be in the public domain as creative work not protected by trademark or copyright which can be used freely by anyone; or
purchased or released trademarked or released copyrighted elements, such as music, photographs or logos.
Forms and Copyright
Wait?!?- I can't use my favorite song in my 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.

No, sorry!
For more information visit the Forms and Copyright page:

For a list of websites that offer “free” music or tips to create your own visit: http://bit.ly/1r9Y0Vx
Still have questions?

Shanti Bond:
Directing Change Program Manager: 619.786.5622

Jana Sczersputowski:
Directing Change Director

Stan Collins:
Directing Change-Suicide Prevention Specialist

Contact us:
Or, fill out our contact us form
Mental Health Matters
2. The film
be sensitive to racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation and gender differences, with all individuals realistically and respectfully depicted
Educational Videos
Suicide Prevention Fact Sheet
Submit the Intent to Direct Form to let us know that you are planning to submit a film


Include specific resources and logos

Title Slide
Film "Must Haves"
Submit your Intent to Direct Form. This really helps us get an idea of how many submissions to expect and to get organized! (Only one entry per film team please- this should be the lead participant.)
2. The film should not portray suicide or a suicide attempt as something that happens all the time

Examples of statistics that should be avoided:

“A person dies by suicide every 18 minutes.”
“Every 40 seconds someone attempts suicide.”
“Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 18 to 24.”
3. The film should not suggest that a suicide attempt is the result of a single cause such as bullying or a break-up
Insider Tips:
Check out the Official Judging Form for the Suicide Prevention Category:

1. Films
use terms like “crazy” and “psycho” without explicitly communicating to the audience that these terms are unacceptable.
To Create a Winning Film
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).

This is a free 24-hour hotline. You can also visit their website at

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).

This is a free 24-hour hotline. You can also visit their website at
Where can I turn for help if I am in a crisis or concerned about a friend?
A reminder!
Resources worth 10 points on the judging form!


A reminder:
You can also chat 1 on 1 with a counselor on the Lifeline Crisis Chat

Hours of Operation:
11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (PST) seven days a week
You can also chat 1 on 1 with a counselor on the Lifeline Crisis Chat

Hours of Operation:
11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (PST) seven days a week
Read complete Contest Rules on our website:

1st Place: $500
2nd place: $250
3rd place: $250
Enter as a Youth or Young Adult
For help with finding a partner, please contact us: Shanti@directingchange.org or 619-786-5622
Our newest category!
Through the Lens of Culture
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.
All applicable release forms need to be completed and uploaded as part of the entry form before the film can be submitted.
Only one Intent to Direct form per team please!
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. (subject to availability of funding and 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 all films on the program website
High School Prizes
Youth and Young Adult Prizes
Through the Lens of Culture
2. Films should communicate a message that inspires the viewer to take action.
1. Films should tell a positive and educational story that encourages young people to reach out for support when they need it, show them how to support others, and/or inspire the viewer to join the mental health movement to create more equitable and supportive communities.

3. Films must use person-first language, which refers to people who are living with mental health challenges as part of their full-life experience, not people who are defined by their mental health challenges.
Insider Tips:
Check out the Official Judging Form for the Mental Health Matters Category:
Upload your Film
You must upload your film (as "unlisted") to YouTube and include the link in the entry form.
For instructions on how to do this visit:
This entry form is due March 1, 2017. You can start and save this form for up to 30 days.

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/or with focus on how these topics impact people from different cultures.

Learn more here on the Submission Categories Page:

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!
Please note: This form is required for any person whose face or voice appears in the film. This includes people whose faces are clearly visible in the background.
Also: Please save your release forms as a PDF and upload to your entry form.
The morning of the award ceremony, Directing Change students gathered at the Capitol in Sacramento to meet with legislators and share their stories.
Legislative Briefing

Senator Jim Beall on the State Senate floor
Full transcript