Lights, camera, ACTION for mental health!
Leading names in Ireland’s film and TV industry joined young filmmakers at St Patrick’s University Hospital for its Walk in My Shoes Annual Short-Film Competition Screening and Award Ceremony.
Over 70 entries were submitted to the ‘Frame of Mind’ competition and a shortlist were screened and judged by a panel including award winning writer and director Nick Kelly, IFTA nominated screenwriter and actor Paddy C. Courtney, RTÉ Guide film critic Michael Doherty and Director of Services at St Patrick’s Mental Health Services (SPMHS) Tom Maher.
With two categories including Secondary Schools and General, Film makers were asked to produce a short film that they believe challenges stigma or illustrates the importance of positive mental health.
First place in the Secondary School category was awarded to St Patrick’s College, Cork for their live action, animation, short film “What I do When I Feel Blue”.
“Drummer and the Keeper” director and judge Nick Kelly was speaking at the award ceremony and said “it was an honour to be one of the judges in this competition. The art of filmmaking is tricking people into keeping watching. The biggest achievement is in making a film about a subject people don’t want to see but at the end they realise how important it was to see it.”
In the General category, first prize was awarded to Seán T. Ó Meallaigh from Stoneybatter in Dublin 7 with his short film titled “Gimme a shout”.
Tom Maher, Director of Services (SPMHS) presented the award saying “as this is the fifth year of the competition, we were overwhelmed with the response, receiving over 70 submissions. The standard was very high this year as it is each year. We hope that this initiative will influence young filmmakers throughout their careers to create messages of positive mental health and reduce stigma in their future projects.”
Secondary Schools Category
The prize for 1st place was a trophy and €1,000 cash and went to St Patricks College Cork for ‘What I Do When I Feel Blue’. 2nd place and collecting a prize of €500 was Mountrath Community School, Co Laois with their short film, ‘You Are Not Your Thoughts’.
Along with a trophy, the cash prize for 1st place was €1,000 and went to Seán T. Ó Meallaigh from Stoneybatter in Dublin 7 with his short film titled “Gimme a shout”. Runner up and the 2nd prize of €500 cash and a trophy went to Joseph Reid from Arklow, Co Wicklow for his short film titled ‘Thief’.
The aim of this short film competition is to improve awareness about mental health and to remove the stigma associated with mental health difficulties.
This competition isn’t about using expensive equipment. You can use any type of camera you feel comfortable using and there are lots of free to use video editing programmes available to help you get the finished version you’re happy with. The best videos tell the best stories. They can be based on personal experience or something topical that you want to highlight as a positive message about mental health.
For inspiration, why not check out the winners from previous years below?