Inspire a Generation

15th June 2011 by Maura McHugh

ReachOut.comReach Out is launching a national film competition to promote positive attitudes to mental health and challenge stereotypes around the issue. To enter create a short film or animation (90 – 180 seconds). The film should explore mental health related topics in a positive light, and how we can get through tough times.

Possible topics could include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bullying
  • Relationships
  • Loss and grief

Film
Films can be live action or animation. All finished pieces must be high enough quality for use on ReachOut.com. Example pieces can be viewed on Reach Out’s video wall.

The competition has two stages:

  1. Submit a brief on proposed video, including a storyboard of scenes. Briefs will be reviewed by judging panel based on message interpretation, creativity and production plan.
  2. The successful submissions will be invited to produce their video project. These teams will then compete for the prizes outlined below.

Films will be featured on ReachOut.com, accredited to the film-maker.

Prizes
Overall winner: €2,000 and an internship with leading Irish ad agency Cawley-Nea
Runner-up: €1,000
Second runner-up: €500

Who should enter
This competition is best suited to film or animation graduates with experience in developing short multi-media pieces for online use. Dates and deadlines:

Deadline for submission of initial proposals to ReachOut.com is 30 June 2011.
Shortlisted teams will be contacted by 15 July 2011.
Closing date for film submission 1 September 2011.
Award Ceremony October 2011.

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