Film Contest: Judging - Mental Health Matters

Criteria Points Maximum Points
1. Does the film include a resource? 15
2. Does the film tell a story that encourages people to reach out for support when they need it and/or shows them how to support others? 25
Additional Note:
The film should have a positive message of support, acceptance, hope, and/or recovery related to mental health challenges. We are looking for stories about getting help, or how to support a friend or family member that is going through tough times. This may include interactions in online communities (i.e. Facebook, texts).
Here are a few examples:



Talk openly: The film can emphasize that it is acceptable to talk about mental health challenges, and to support friends and loved ones with such challenges.

Stand up for others: The film can demonstrate the importance of young people standing up for themselves or those living with a mental health challenge who are being harassed, bullied, and excluded or in some other way discriminated against. This may also include interactions in online communities (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, texting).

Be Supportive: Show ways in which friend or family members can support someone experiencing a mental health challenge.

Join the mental health movement: This is a young adult’s issue: mental health challenges most often show up between the ages of 14‐24. The film could inspire young people across California to join the mental health movement.

Get the facts and understand the issue: The film could illustrate that a diagnosis of mental illness does not define a person and/or debunk the negative misconceptions about mental illness.

Don’t wait to get help: The film can let people know that there is help out there for people living with a mental illness. That treatment and support work and that most people who experience a mental health challenge can recover especially if treated early.
3. Does the film communicate a message that inspires the viewer to take action? 15
Additional Note:
Think of it this way: Does the film offer the viewer specific suggestions of what they can do? Does the film encourage the viewer to feel, act or think differently? We would like the films to be action oriented and encourage change and support. For example, where to get help, how to offer support to someone, how to get involved or learn more information. We have asked our young filmmakers to be creative: Don’t just tell someone what to do, but show them how to do this.
4. Does the film consistently 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? 5
Additional Note:
Person first language respectfully puts the person before the illness and reinforces the idea that those who experience mental health challenges are not defined by their condition. Using person-first language helps steer clear of stigmatizing language that may lead to discriminatory ideals.

Use 'I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.' - Do not use 'I am bipolar.'
Use 'She is experiencing a mental health challenge.' - Do not use 'She is mentally ill.'
Use 'She experience symptoms of Depression.' - Do not use 'She is depressed.'
5. The film creatively explores this topic in a way that is positive, hopeful and educational? 15
6. The film provides a clear and effective narrative (script and quality), it is easy to understand and make sense? 10
7. The film creatively used colors, music or graphics to support its main message and set a positive and hopeful tone? 10