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Meet our latest Frame of Mind winners

Winners of our 2019/20 Frame of Mind short film competition were announced at an awards ceremony in January 2020.

The competition, which uses film to put the spotlight on mental health awareness, saw 20 entries shortlisted across two categories, General and Secondary School, with leading names in Ireland's film and television industry joining young filmmakers at St Patrick's University Hospital for the awards ceremony on 31 January.

On the night, a panel of experts - including award-winning Irish actress, Jordanne Jones; RTÉ Guide Film Editor, Michael Doherty; Sean Fitzpatrick, Chair of the Service Users and Supporters Council (SUAS) of St Patrick's Mental Health Services (SPMHS); and Tom Maher, Director of SPMHS - judged the selection of shortlisted films.

On the night, Fergus Keane took home first place in the General category with his film Stereo Self-Talk, while Niamh O’Connor’s Two-Faced was named as runner-up. In the Secondary School category, Loreto College Crumlin scooped the top prize with Rise Up, and Templeogue College came in as runners-up with With You in a Heartbeat.

The first place winner of each category received a cash prize of €1,000, with runners-up each receiving €500. 

High quality films with affirming messages

Sean Fitzpatrick, a former service user of SPMHS, spoke about how film can shed a new light on mental health for both audiences and filmmakers themselves:

High quality films with affirming messages

“Film can transport us to other worlds or give us new perspectives on the one around us and, for me, it is a vital part of my mental health recovery. Exploring mental health through film plays an important role in tackling the misconceptions often surrounding mental health difficulties, as well as providing both filmmakers and viewers with an opportunity to consider their understanding of positive mental health. I am delighted to have had the opportunity to see so many high-quality films reframing mental health in a meaningful and innovative way.”

Metal Heart star Jordanne Jones, added:

“I am honoured to be part of this year’s judging panel for such a meaningful mental health awareness-raising initiative from Walk in My Shoes. Film is a very powerful, creative outlet and it’s empowering to see so many filmmakers here today to share their encouraging and affirming messages of positive mental health, while also challenging mental health stigma.”

 

Shortlisted films

The other shortlisted films also screened on the awards night included:

Shortlisted films

General

Breaking the Cycle | Eoghan McQuinn

 

Bulimia – My Addiction | Emma Drumm

I’m Fine | Swan Youth Service

The Interview | Ethan Kelly

It’s OK Not to Be OK | Kingscourt Youthreach

Taboo | Mark Doyle

Take Me with You | Sinéad Collopy

When Words Fail, Music Speaks | Lisa Price.

Secondary School

The Domino Effect | Scoil Mhuire, Clane

The Flipside | St Mary’s CBS, Portlaoise

Masking My Mood | Presentation College, Tuam

Not Your Usual Suspect | St Michael’s Loreto, Navan

Reach Out | St Augustine’s College, Dungarvan

Some Ways to Have a Healthy Mind | St Joseph’s Secondary School, Rush

Speak Out | Pobalscoil Chorcha Dhuibne, Dingle

We All Have Something to Live For | Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibne, Dingle.

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