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Directing Change - Program & Film Contest


The Directing Change Film Contest is accepting submissions until March 1, 2023! The Directing Change Program engages students to learn about suicide prevention, mental health and other critical health and social justice topics by creating short films and art projects that are used to support awareness, education, and advocacy efforts across the state, in their communities, and on their campuses. This free and evaluated program has been implemented in California schools for 10 years. Youth in grades 6-12 and ages 12-25 are eligible to participate and have the chance to win up to $1,000 in cash prizes.


How to get started:

  • Choose a lesson plan to teach students about suicide prevention and mental health

  • Review the rules and entry requirements

  • Share the program flyer

  • Watch youth films for inspiration

  • Learn more about the monthly Hope & Justice art contest

  • Sign up for the Educator Newsletter to stay up to date with the program

  • Contact us here for a virtual meeting, classroom presentation, lesson plan, and more.

We look forward to receiving your films!

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