The California Department of Education (CDE) is supporting the annual Directing Change Program and Film Contest. This event is sponsored by Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement and the California Mental Health Services Authority as part of a collaborative statewide effort to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and promote the mental health and wellness of students.

This statewide program invites California students from grades seven through twelve to create 60-second films about suicide prevention, mental health, and related cultural perspectives.

Regional and statewide prizes for winning student films will be awarded ranging from $250 – $1,000. Schools associated with the first-place winning film in each category, in each region, are eligible to receive $500 to support suicide prevention and mental health awareness programs and activities at their school (subject to availability of funding and one prize per school).

Submission Deadline – Midnight PST Monday, March 1, 2021.

For more information about the contest, plus entry and contest rules, please visit the Directing Change website at

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