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Frame of Mind

Lights, camera, ACTION!

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

Lights, camera, ACTION!

With two categories in the competition - Secondary Schools and General - we're inviting you to produce a short film, just two to three minutes long, that you believe challenges stigma or illustrates the importance of positive mental health. The short films can be based on your personal experience or something topical that you want to highlight as a positive message about mental health.

This competition isn’t about using expensive equipment. 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.

Entries for this competition are now closed, with the shortlist set to be announced on 24 January 2020.

Want to enter?

Applications for the current Frame of Mind competition are extended to Friday, 17 January 2020 - here are all the details and forms you need to get your entry in before then!

  • Application details

    After completing your film, you can enter the competition by filling in the form below and uploading your release form, which allows us to screen and share the film.

    Due to demand, applications for the current Frame of Mind competition have been extended to 17 January 2020.

  • Terms and conditions

    Who can apply?

    For the Secondary School category, entries must be submitted by a teacher; we cannot accept entries from a student. The teacher responsible for the film submission will also need to complete the entry form and release form.

    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 film-makers with an interest in film, video and animation. Professionals working in these industries are excluded.

    When is the deadline?

    Entries must be sent to us by 5pm on the closing date of applications. Judges appointed by Walk in My Shoes (WIMS) and St Patrick’s Mental Health Services (SPMHS) will shortlist films for the awards ceremony, and those who submitted these films will be notified by email. 

    Submitting your short film

    Short films must be submitted using YouTube, without password protection on the videos, with the hyperlink to access the video included on the entry form. The link should also be emailed to

    Submission of the link to the film must be accompanied by a completed entry form and a declaration that the entry is your original work. Your entry must only feature people who have given their permission to be included. Written consent must be obtained from all contributors featured.


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

    Judging process

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

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

    Should there be insufficient entries, the judging panel reserves the right to decline to make an award. The competition is not open to employees of SPMHS or members of the judging panel or their families.

    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.


    The competition winner of each category will receive a cash prize of €1,000. The runner up prize will receive €500 in each category. Details of shortlisted entrants will appear here on the WIMS website and on social media.

    Other important information

    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 projects submitted to the competition, and to use completed films for promotional purposes outside of the competition, as they see fit.

    Personal details of entrants will only be used for the purposes of administrative 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

    You will need to complete our entry form to submit your application.

    Download the form here

  • Release form

    Your release form is also an important part of your application.

    Download the release form here

Judging and awards

The shortlist for the Frame of Mind awardees will be announced on Friday, 24 January 2020, with shortlisted entrants invited to a film screening, at which the films are judged by a panel and winners awarded on the night.

Judging and awards

Our judging panel includes award-winning Irish actress, Jordanne Jones; RTÉ Guide Film Editor, Michael Doherty; Sean Fitzpatrick, Chairperson of the Service Users and Supporters Council (SUAS) of St Patrick's Mental Health Services (SPMHS); and Tom Maher, Director of SPMHS.

The film screening and awards ceremony will take place on Friday, 31 January 2020 from 6pm to 8pm in St Patrick's University Hospital.

Entries to Frame of Mind close on 17 January 2020

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