Frame of Mind

Our Frame of Mind short film competition aims to improve mental health awareness and remove the stigma around 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 TikTok or short film which shares uplifting messages or tackles stereotypes around mental health.

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 and wellbeing.

With everyone’s safety in mind, we’re encouraging you to make your entries in line with public health guidance: from filming people remotely 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 celebrating all this creativity and announcing the competition winners at an awards ceremony in February 2022 to celebrate all this creativity. There will be first place and second place winners for each category, each taking home fantastic €1,000 or €500 prizes!

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 Campaign Manager, Amanda McArdle, at

  • Categories

    Entries can be submitted into one of four categories:

    • Secondary School | TikTok
    • Secondary School | Short Film
    • General | TikTok
    • General | Short Film.

    Check our Terms and Conditions below to see who can apply in each category.

    TikToks entered into the competition must be under 60 seconds in length. Short films should be between one to three minutes long. All entries should explore mental health or share a wellbeing message.

    If you are looking for inspiration, you might find these entries to previous Frame of Mind competitions helpful: Let’s Talk About Mental Health, 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 or member of school staff; we cannot accept entries from students. Teachers or school staff can submit an entry form on behalf of students who wish to take part.

    The General categories are open to all amateur filmmakers with an interest in film, video and animation. Professionals working in these industries are excluded from the competition. People under 18 can take enter in these categories, but a parent or guardian must complete and submit the entry form on their behalf.

    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 allow us to screen and share your creations.

    When is the deadline?

    Entries must be sent to us by 5pm on Friday, 4 February 2022. We invite a judging panel to shortlist entries ahead of the awards ceremony, which will take place later that month. If you are shortlisted in your category, we will let you know by email ahead of the awards ceremony. 

    How do I submit my entry?

    We are accepting YouTube, Vimeo or TikTok links only for your competition applications. If you are shortlisted in your category, we will ask you to share an MP4 file of your entry at that time.

    Submitting TikToks

    You can create your TikToks in the TikTok app or through another filming option, such as your smartphone camera. You can post your TikTok and send us the direct link to it, or you can upload your file to YouTube or Vimeo and share the link from there. You will be asked to share the link in the entry form. Please ensure the link is public so that our judging panel can view it. Your entry must only feature people who have given their permission to be included.

    Submitting short films

    Short films must be added to YouTube or Vimeo, without private viewing or password protection settings so that our judges can watch the film; you should then complete the entry form and include the hyperlink to access the video in it. The form also contains declarations that the entry is your original work, and that it only features people who have given their permission to be included. 


    TikToks should be sixty seconds or under in length.

    Short films can be in live action or animation format. They must be at least one minute and no longer than three minutes in length.

    You are welcome to use any video recording device, such as a smartphone or high definition camera.

    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 first place winner who will receive a cash prize of €1,000 and a second place winner who will receive a €500 prize. In Secondary School categories, first and second place prizes will be made payable to the school, but students taking part will also receive a token prize.

    Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in February 2022. The date of this ceremony will be confirmed in early 2022 and all shortlisted entrants will be invited to attend.

    Is there other important information I should know?

    Shortlisted entrants 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

    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.

    Complete your entry here

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