Frame of Mind

Our Frame of Mind short film competition aims to improve mental health awareness and remove the stigma associated with mental health difficulties.

Lights, camera, ACTION!

In this competition, we invite you to use film as a creative way to challenge mental health stigma or show the importance of positive mental health.

Lights, camera, ACTION!

Frame of Mind is open to secondary schools and general amateur filmmakers to submit a short film, up to three minutes long, which shares affirming mental health messages or tackles misconceptions – and there’s more! This year, we have a brand new category for secondary schools to create TikToks which capture the ways students are minding their mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak and restrictions.

Your short films or TikToks can be based on your personal experience or something that you want to highlight as a positive message about mental health.

With everyone’s safety in mind, we’re encouraging you to make your entries in line with public health guidance and government restrictions: from filming people remotely or showing only one contributor on screen to using animation or simple stop motion, we’re welcoming all the innovative ways you want to make your creations.

This competition isn’t about using expensive equipment either. You can use any type of camera you feel comfortable with, and there are lots of free-to-use video editing programmes available to help you get the finished version you’re happy with.

We’ll be holding a virtual awards ceremony in February 2021 to celebrate all this creativity and announce our winners, who will each receive a €1,000 prize.

Want to enter?

Find out everything you need to know to take part in Frame of Mind here. If you have any further questions, please email our Project Manager, Amanda McArdle, at

  • Categories

    Entries can be submitted into one of three categories:

    • Secondary School | TikTok: Secondary schools can create a TikTok to enter into the competition. These must be under 60 seconds in length.
    • Secondary School | Short Film: Secondary schools can create a short film, up to three minutes in length, which share a mental health message.
    • General: General filmmakers can enter a short film which runs up to three minutes long and which explores mental health.

    All TikToks and short films should be made in line with current public health guidance.

    If you are looking for inspiration of ways of making a film, you might find these entries to previous Frame of Mind competitions helpful: I am a Lighthouse, The Run and Masks.

  • Terms and conditions

    Who can apply?

    For the Secondary School categories, entries must be submitted by a teacher; we cannot accept entries from a student.

    Entrants in the General category must be at least 18 years of age to take part in the competition. The competition is open to all amateur filmmakers with an interest in film, video and animation. Professionals working in these industries are excluded.

    The competition is not open to St Patrick’s Mental Health Services (SPMHS) or Walk in My Shoes (WIMS) employees, members of the judging panel, or their families.

    How do I apply?

    After completing your TikTok or short film, you can enter the competition by filling in the entry form and confirming the permissions within it, which allows us to screen and share your creations.

    When is the deadline?

    Entries must be sent to us by 5pm on Friday, 5 February 2021. Judges appointed by WIMS and SPMHS will shortlist entries ahead of our awards ceremony on Wednesday, 24 February 2021; those who submitted these entries will be notified by email.

    How do I submit my entry?

    Submitting TikToks

    You can create your TikToks in the TikTok app and export the file from here. Please use WeTransfer to share the file, sending it to the email address and giving the name of your Tiktok in your message with the transfer. You must then complete the entry form, using the same title for your TikTok in this form. Your entry must only feature people who have given their permission to be included

    Submitting short films

    Short films must be shared with us by using WeTransfer to send your MP4 file to the email address; please ensure to give the name of your short film in the message which accompanies the transfer. To finalise your submission, you should then complete the entry form, which contains declarations that the entry is your original work, and that it only features people who have given their permission to be included.

    If you have used music in your short film, you must use rights-free music. In the application form, you will be asked to give details of the track name, performer, composer and publisher of each track used.


    TikToks should be sixty seconds or under in length and created in the TikTok app.

    Short films can be in film or animation format. You are welcome to use any video recording device, such as a smartphone or high definition camera. Your entry must be at least one minute and no longer than three minutes in length.

    What is the judging process?

    Entries will be judged on originality, artistic quality, and message interpretation. They will be viewed by a pre-selection committee appointed by WIMS and SPMHS, which will draw up a shortlist of entries at its complete discretion. 

    Shortlisted entries will then be viewed by an expert judging panel, who will select the overall winners. The judges’ decisions are final. The panel will consist of industry experts and staff members from SPMHS. Shortlisted entries will be announced on WIMS and SPMHS social media channels.

    If there are insufficient entries, the judging panel reserves the right to decline to make an award. The judging panel reserves the right to disqualify any entry that does not fit the criteria of these terms and conditions, and its decision is final.

    What are the prizes?

    Each category will have an overall winner. The winner of each competition category will receive a cash prize of €1,000. Winners will be announced in a virtual awards ceremony on Wednesday, 24 February 2021.

    Is there other important information I should know?

    Shortlisted filmmakers are expected to participate in media and promotional activities relating to Frame of Mind and to consent to the use of their names in press materials relating to the competition. WIMS, SPMHS and the competition administrators have the right to showcase all entries submitted to the competition, and to use completed entries for promotional purposes outside of the competition, as they see fit.

    Personal details of entrants will only be used for administrative purposes and for promotional activities relating to the competition. WIMS and SPMHS reserve the right to amend, modify, cancel or withdraw an entrant from the competition at any time without notice.

  • Entry form

    Please click here to fill in our online entry form and complete your application.

    The entry form requires details of the person submitting the entry, along with information about the TikTok or short film being entered. There is also a section in the form which requires confirmation that everyone involved has read the terms and conditions and has given permission to take part.

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