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’.


General Category

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?


2018 Judges

Paddy C. Courtney

Paddy C Courtney

Paddy C Courtney is Walk In My Shoes Frame of Mind Judge

Paddy is an actor, IFTA nominated screenwriter and voice over artist. Following a successful fifteen year career as a stand-up comedian, Paddy hung up his comedy microphone in 2011 to concentrate on screenwriting and acting.

His onscreen credits include ‘Safe’ for NETFLIX , ‘Houdini & Doyle’ for FOX TV, ‘Shameless’ for Ch4 and ‘George Gently’ for BBC, as well as many appearances on Irish TV; ‘Fir Bolg,’ ‘Rasai na Gaillimhe’ & ‘Paddywhackery,’ which he co-wrote and played the lead role, leading to three IFTA nominations.

In recent years Paddy has turned his hand to children’s television and animation. He co-wrote 100 episodes of the RTEjr show ‘Dig in Diner,’ playing the character of Digger the gardener also. He has just finished writing on a new animation show ‘Jessy & Nessy’ for AMAZON.

Paddy is a huge fan of the short film concept as he believes it is the perfect way for storytellers to dip their toe into the world of film making. One of Paddy’s earliest moments on screen was his appearance in the multi award winning short film ‘Yu Ming is ainm dom.’

He is no stranger to film competitions, as he has been a jury member for the IFTA television and film awards on numerous occasions; judging short films and comedy programmes.

Michael Doherty

Michael Doherty

Michael Doherty

Films Editor for the RTÉ Guide
Regular contributor on movies for RTÉ TV and radio
Frame of Mind judge for five years

Nick Kelly

Nick Kelly

Nick Kelly

Nick first began writing and directing award-winning short films in 2003, culminating in his third short Shoe being shortlisted for an Oscar nomination in 2011.

Nick’s first feature The Drummer And The Keeper premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh in July 2017, where it won Best Irish First Feature.
After a successful Irish theatrical release it was selected for the BFI London Film Festival, and won Best Feature at the Irish Film Festival London in November 2017.
The Drummer And The Keeper was nominated in 5 categories at the 2018 IFTA Awards, including Best Screenplay for Nick’s script, with Jacob McCarthy winning the prestigious Rising Star for his portrayal of Christopher.
The Drummer And The Keeper also won the Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award for Best Film at the Cleveland International Film Festival, Best Foreign Film at the Newport Beach Film Festival, the Silver Award in the Score Bernhard Wicki Preis for Best Film at the Emden-Norderney International Filmfest, Best Feature at the Umbria Film Festival, and the Special Jury Prize at Filmfest Bremen.
Nick was one of three screenwriters nominated in the Best Feature Script section of the Irish Writer Guild’s annual ZeBBie awards 2018.
Having qualified as a solicitor and given up his legal career the same day, Nick’s working life has been devoted to creative endeavours. In addition to his work in film, he is a Clio-winning advertising creative, a Choice Music Prize-nominated musical artist and an Ian St. James Award-winning short fiction writer.

Tom Maher

Director of Services at St Patrick's Mental Health Services

Tom Maher

Tom Maher is the Director of Services at St Patrick’s Mental Health Services

Frame Of Mind 2017

Congratulations to all who entered our Walk in my Shoes Short Film Competition 2017 and a big shout out to Paddy C. Courtney and Michael Doherty for attending the screening and prize-giving! 👏👏
1st place & Runner-up awarded in each category are:

Primary School:
– “Don’t Give Up, Speak Up” Holy Family NS, Killeen, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo

Secondary School:
– “Let Yourself Shine” Crosscare Clondalkin Youth Service Crosscare
– “Behind Closed Doors” Kildare Town CS
– “Mind Yourself, Mind each other” CBS Carlow

– “The Run” Ignas Laugalis
– “I am a Lightouse” Natasha Mudi, Marcin Koscielny, Pete Paberzs

Slide across to watch all the videos!

2016 Frame of Mind winner ‘Together We Can’- Manor House School Committee

2015 Frame of Mind winner - 'Who Cares'

2014 Frame of Mind winner - 'Bottled up'

Terms & Conditions
Who can apply?

When entering the competition in the secondary school’s category, the film 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.

Submitting your initial concepts
You must send your short-film to us by 5pm on Friday November 23rd 2018
St Patrick’s Mental Health Services and Walk in My Shoes appointed judges will short-list films for the Awards Ceremony. Entrants authorized for Stage 2 will be notified by email.

Submitting your short-film
Short-films must be submitted via Vimeo (no password protection) with URL entered on entry form and emailed to

Important Forms
Entry Form: Your short-film entry must be accompanied by a completed entry form and a declaration that the entry is your original work.
Release Form: 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 HD cameras.
Your entry must be at least 1 minute and no longer than 3 minutes.

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 the short-listed entrants will appear on and social media.

Important information for entrant
Entrants are expected to participate in media and publicity / promotional activities relating to Walk in My Shoes short-film competition and to consent to the use of their names in press materials relating to the competition.
Walk in My Shoes, St Patrick’s Mental Health Services and the competition administrators have the right to showcase all projects submitted to the competition, and to use completed projects 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 publicity / promotional activities relating to the competition.
Walk in My Shoes and St Patrick’s Mental Health Services reserves the right to amend, modify, cancel or withdraw an entrant from the competition at any time without notice.

Entries will be judged on its originality, artistic and message interpretation. Entries will be viewed by a pre-selection committee appointed by St Patrick’s Mental Health Services.
If your entry is shortlisted it will be then viewed by an expert judging panel who will select the overall winners from the shortlist. The judges’ decisions are final.
The Judging panel will consist of industry experts and St Patrick’s Mental Health Service’s designated staff members.
The judging panel will draw up a shortlist of entries, at its complete discretion. Shortlisted entries will be announced on St Patrick’s Mental Health Services Facebook and Twitter 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 St Patrick’s Mental Health Services 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.

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