This is a student and young adult film contest; only student and youth or young adult produced films are eligible. To participate one of the following must apply to you:
To enter as a High School Student or Youth and Young Adult ages 14-25 you must meet and you MUST NOT be a middle school student.
A) Be associated with a high school located in California and be in grades 9-12. Any high school in California is eligible, including but not limited to: public, private, charter, alternative, and home schools OR
B) Be between the ages of 14 and 25 and associated with a college, university, club, community-based organization (e.g. a local chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention or the National Alliance on Mental Illness), or other agency or program in California. If you are 14 and in middle school you have to submit as a middle school student.
If you decide to enter as a high school student/youth and young adult, you will compete against other film teams in your region. Regional winners then move onto a second round of judging to compete against other regional winners.
If you are entering in this submission group you can submit in the following film categories: Suicide Prevention, Mental Health Matters, Through the Lens of Culture, SanaMente, and Animated Short.
Films must be reviewed and approved by an adult advisor at the participant's school or organization for content that is suitable for schools and a general public viewing audience. Youth can, but do not have to, produce the movie as part of a school or after school activity. Youth can submit as a team from different schools, but since the school or organization is eligible to qualify for a cash prize and to receive prevention programs, the team needs to identify one adult advisor from the lead school or organization. This is the school or organization that will go on record and receive prizes and recognitions should the film win.
Up to 10 students or youth may be listed on the entry form, however there is no limit on the number of people who can be on a film team. Only one trophy will be given per winning team. There is no limit on the number of submissions one person can be part of and no limitation on the number of submissions from a single school or organization.