The 2017 Directing Change at City College student film contest is now accepting submissions. To enter the contest, submit a 60 second film raising awareness for mental health and suicide prevention.
All San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar College Students are invited to enter!
Submissions are due by midnight on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
The contest at a glance:
- All San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar College students are eligible to enter
- To enter, you must submit an original 60 second film raising awareness for suicide prevention and mental health
- There are 3 categories: General Student Population, Veteran Students, and LGBTQIA Students
- 1st place winners will be selected in each category by a judging panel and announced at the award ceremony.
- Cash prizes of $500, $150, and $100 will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners of all films submitted, despite the category
- Film submissions are due by midnight on Wednesday, March 1, 2017
- All students submitting films will be recognized at an award ceremony in March 2017 (date to be announced)
- No professional film equipment or experience necessary - films are judged primarily on content; it's about the message!
- Contestants 25 years old and under can also submit their films to the state-wide competition for increased opportunities to win prizes http://www.directingchange.org/
How To Participate
- Review the Judging Form for scoring measures
- Review the Getting Started information sheet and email us at email@example.com to let us know you’ll be participating
- Select a submission category:
- Mental Health or Suicide Prevention for the General Student Population
- Mental Health or Suicide Prevention with a focus on Veteran Students
- Mental Health or Suicide Prevention with a focus on LGBTQIA Students
- Create a 60-second film about mental health or suicide prevention (pay close attention to Judging Form and Getting Started Form for content guidelines) with a focus on either the General Student Population, Veteran Students, or LGBTQIA Students *Note: Include a closing slide with the student lead’s name and email for identifying purposes.
- Upload film as “unlisted” to YouTube (see instructions for this on website)
- Submit the following forms to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1, 2017
Disqualification: Suicide and mental health are complex and sensitive subjects, which need to be addressed with compassion and knowledge. All entries need to be suitable for schools and the general public viewing audience; otherwise, they may be disqualified. This contest has special content that must be included and specific content that must be avoided for the safety and respect of the audience.Entries that show portrayals of suicide deaths or attempts (such as a person jumping off of a building or bridge, or holding a gun to their head), even in dramatization will be eliminated. Additionally, entries must be sensitive to racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation, and gender differences. All films deemed to have inappropriate content will be disqualified from entry into the contest. Again, please pay close attention to the judging form which is available on our website.
If at any time, you or someone working on the project experiences an emotional crisis call the San Diego County Access and Crisis Line: 1-888-724-7240 (This is a free 24-hour hotline) or visit the City College Mental Health Counseling Center during operating hours (BT-105, Phone: 619.388.3055)
How To Submit Film
Upload your video as “unlisted” to YouTube (MANDATORY video settings listed below) and include the link on your entry form. Entry forms with link to video must be received by midnight on March 1, 2017. You may scan your forms and email them to email@example.com or hand deliver them to Alyssa Panyawai, PEER Coordinator, in BT-105 during open business hours.
Follow these steps to upload your film to YouTube:
- Login to YouTube. (If you do not have a YouTube account, create a free Google account that will allow you to create a YouTube channel.)
- On the homepage of YouTube, select “Upload.”
- Choose "Unlisted" as the privacy setting and select the file you wish to upload.
- Under "Advanced Settings," UNCHECK the Following:
- "Allow Comments"
- "Users can view ratings for this video"
- Under "License and rights ownership," choose "Standard Youtube License"
- Under "Caption certification," choose "This content has never aired on television in the U.S."
- Under "Distribution options," keep "Allow embedding" checked
- Click "Done"
If you are experiencing problems uploading, try the following steps:
- Try a different browser (e.g. if you are using Google Chrome, try Internet Explorer)
- Try uploading the video from a different computer (e.g. desktop, laptop, school/office computer
- Try uploading the video from a different location (e.g. outside of school such as from home or a coffee shop)
Entries are limited to 60 seconds in length. YouTube is our video services partner and all technical specifications need to be in line with their requirements. YouTube accepts the following file types: MOV, MPEG4, AVI, WMV, MPEGPS, FLV, 3GPP AND WebM. Although not required, we recommend that you compress your video before uploading the file.
Many video editing programs (such as Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro) and encoding software (such as Compressor or Adobe Media Encoder) may include a preset for encoding H.264 files that match the YouTube format requirements. If yours does, we recommend using that preset when encoding your finished video. For more information on exporting your video to meet these requirements, and for further technical assistance, visit the YouTube Help Center: support.google.com/youtube/settings
If technical problems persist, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and include your internet browser, and a description of the problem you are experiencing. Please be assured that we will not disqualify any entries that did not make the deadline as a result of a technical problem with uploading the video.
Contest Rules And Guidelines
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2017 by midnight
Eligibility: Students listed on the official entry form (up to 4) must be students at City, Mesa, and/or Miramar College. Additional students and non-students are welcome to participate in the making of the film (actors, crew, etc.), but should not be listed on the official contest entry form. Be sure all participants, both student and non-student sign the Release of Image and Voice Form and be sure all students on the film team sign and submit a Release of Intellectual Rights Form. Individuals under the age of 18 are not permitted to participate in the contest.
Judging Form: Films should be no longer than 60-seconds and follow contest scoring measures outlined in the official contest Judging Form.
Notice of Intent: If you plan on submitting to the contest, please send an email to email@example.com so we can keep you up-to-date with information about the contest.
Submission Deadline (Midnight March 1, 2017): Each film must be uploaded as an “unlisted” video to YouTube. An Entry Form including a link to the video on YouTube must be completed and submitted by March 1, 2017. Be sure that your film name matches the name on the entry form.
Submission Format: Entries are limited to 60 seconds in length. YouTube is our video services partner and all technical specifications need to be in line with their requirements. YouTube accepts the following file types: MOV, MPEG4, AVI, WMV, MPEGPS, FLV, 3GPP AND WebM. Although not required, we recommend that you compress your video before uploading the file. For more information visit the “How to Submit Film” section.
Judging Process & Prizes: Entries will be judged by a panel of faculty and staff from City College. Winners will be announced at the contest award ceremony (date: TBD).
- There are 3 categories: General Student Population, Veteran Students, and LGBTQIA Students
- 1st place winners will be selected in each category by a judging panel and announced at the award ceremony.
- Films with the highest scores overall despite the category will move on to a second round of judging for the cash prizes. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony.
- 1st Prize: $500 for the winning team
- 2nd Prize: $150 for the winning team
- 3rd Prize: $100 for the winning team
Release Forms: Every participant on the submitting team has to sign a release form. Please review the “Forms and Copyrights” section for more information and other requirements. All applicable release forms need to be received for each film by the submission deadline. Signed release forms and applicable copyright forms must be scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music and Copyrights: Entries must meet all copyright standards by obtaining releases for all copyrighted music and materials prior to submission. Entries that include copyrighted materials (such as images, supers or audiovisual materials) or music (such as music purchased from iTunes, on CD or other downloadable services) without the proper permission and signed release forms will be disqualified. Please review the “Forms and Copyrights” section for more information and to download the appropriate forms. All applicable music and copyright forms need to be received for each film by the submission deadline. Signed release forms and applicable copyright forms must be scanned and emailed to email@example.com.
Safety: Please avoid potentially dangerous production situations that could put crew, actors or the public at risk. Safety during the project is of highest priority. Directing Change at City College sponsors take no responsibility and assume no liability for any acts or damages that may result from preparing the materials to submit to this contest. Further, the submission category includes sensitive subjects that need to be addressed with respect and understanding for how they might impact those involved in the project.
Elimination: Suicide and mental health are complex and sensitive subjects which need to be addressed with compassion and knowledge. All entries need to be suitable for schools and a general public viewing audience, or may be disqualified. This contest has special content that must be included and specific content that must be avoided for the safety of and respect for the audience. Entries that show portrayals of suicide deaths or attempts (such as a person jumping off of a building or bridge, or holding a gun to their head) even in dramatization will be eliminated. Additionally, entries need to be sensitive to racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation and gender differences. All films deemed to have inappropriate content will be disqualified from entry into the contest.
Forms And Copyright
All forms can be found at the top of this page under “How to Participate”
Entry Form: Each team needs to submit one Entry Form per film. The Entry Form will include a link to the film posted on YouTube and other identifying and contact information.
Release of Intellectual Rights Form: Every student on the submitting team (up to 4) has to sign a Release of Intellectual Rights Form.
Release of Image and Voice Form: For your submission, you need signed Release of Image and Voice forms from all people whose faces are recognizable and central to the shot or whose voice is featured in the video. In public settings, people in the background do not need to sign a release.
Location Permission Form: The location contract protects both the property owner and the video production team. Getting permission is also a courtesy that can prevent you from being ejected from a location. If you are shooting on private property of any kind, complete the Location Contract. A location contract is NOT needed if the film is shot on campus.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What should my video be about?
- The purpose of the contest is to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention. Refer to the Judging Form and Getting Started for specifics.
- Do I have to be a student to participate?
- Yes, each student listed on the entry form (up to 4) must be enrolled in at least 1 unit at City College. Non-students are welcome to participate in the film but should not be listed on the official entry form. All participants must be 18 years or older to participate.
- What if my film goes over 60-seconds?
- Films will only be judged on the first 60-seconds of footage. Title slides (with identifying information) and credits do not count towards the 60-second maximum.
- How will my film be used? Where will it be shown?
- Winning films will be displayed on the City College Mental Health Counseling website, screened at the awards ceremony, and used in awareness activities on campus.
- What could cause my video to be disqualified?
- Films with inappropriate content will be disqualified. Remember that films will be shown in a school setting and the content needs to be appropriate for that setting. Additionally, entries need to be sensitive to racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation and gender differences. Films focusing on suicide prevention that show portrayals of suicide deaths or attempts (such as a person jumping off of a building or bridge, or holding a gun to their head) even in dramatization will be eliminated.
Other Useful Filmaking Information
Step One: Get an idea
To get inspired you can check out some examples of existing PSAs from the statewide Directing Change Student Video Contest. Be aware that although the contests are similar, the content or criteria may not be applicable to the “Directing Change at City College Student Video Contest”. To view films from the other contest visit: http://www.directingchange.org/2016-winners/
Step Two: Script and Storyboard
Once you have your idea you will need to write a script and storyboard for your video. The script gives you a roadmap to your production and all the content that you will cover. In addition to a script, the storyboard allows you to visually plan your video on paper.
Step Three: Permissions and Releases
Before filming your video, be sure you have all appropriate forms and releases signed. For more information and useful links, visit the “Forms and Copyright” section.
Step Four: Shooting your Video
Before you start filming you will want to plan each of the shots. If possible, you may want to use two cameras to provide different angles for the same scene when editing. Take time to look at the area you in which you will be filming, paying attention to the background. Also, it is very important to make sure you keep your videotapes or video files in a safe place so it doesn’t get lost. The following sections offer links to the various aspects of video production.
Songs and Sound Effects Resources
Unfortunately you can’t just go to iTunes and download your favorite song. The following resources offer free music and sound effects you can use in your video. Although some sites offer “free” music, note that you may still have to request licensing for permission to use it in your film. You can also create all the music and sounds yourself, or obtain written permission from the copyright holder for copyrighted songs and materials you would like to use in your video.
- Offers free ‘film music’, and is intended for independent and non-profit filmmakers, film students, and anyone in need of free music for their independent, non-profit film, video, or short.
- A community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want
- Free Sound
- A collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, and recordings released under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse.
Step Five: Editing your Video
Editing is important to the film making process. You may spend more time editing than filming. These links will help guide you in editing your video. There are various programs for editing that you may have on your computer at home, or ones that may be available through your school, or local library. Tutorials specific to the program you use should also be available online. Remember, entries are limited to 60 seconds in length.
Step Six: Compressing and Submitting Your Video
Entries are limited to 60 seconds in length. YouTube is our video services partner and all technical specifications need to be in line with their requirements: YouTube accepts the following file types: MOV, MPEG4, AVI, WMV, MPEGPS, FLV, 3GPP AND WebM. Although not required, we recommend that you compress your video before uploading the file.
Many video editing programs (such as Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro) and encoding software (such as Compressor or Adobe Media Encoder) may include a preset for encoding H.264 files that match the YouTube format requirements. If yours does, we recommend using that preset when encoding your finished video. For more information on exporting your video to meet these requirements, please visit the YouTube Help Center: https://support.google.com/youtube/#topic=4355266
Additional sites that may be useful:
Mental Health Resources To Assist You With Content
For background information review these short educational films developed by NAMI California.
Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement is made of up millions of people who believe that everyone experiencing a mental health challenge deserves the opportunity to live a healthy, happy and meaningful life. See what people are saying and sharing – and add your voice to the movement by creating your film in this category. Learn more about the movement and ways to get involved at eachmindmatters.org
Mental Health Fact Sheet: This document includes statistics and facts about mental health and an explanation of stigma and what you can do to help end the silence of mental illness. (Download PDF)
How to Help a Friend or Family Members: This document provides tips on how to respond if a friend or family member tells you that he or she has a mental disorder. It includes tips on how to help and support a friend or family member’s healthy behaviors (Download PDF)
Meet a Person with a Mental Illness: Check out these first-person stories of hope, resilience and recovery from young adults: http://www.eachmindmatters.org/stories/
Each Mind Matters: Having a conversation about mental health. Check out this helpful video to learn how to start a conversation about mental health: https://vimeo.com/129273542
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): To find an Active Minds chapter click here: http://www.activeminds.org/our-programming/chapters/find-a-chapter
Each Mind Matters: Fighting stigma using social media. This film provides tips and ideas for how you can use social media to fight stigma and share your story: https://vimeo.com/134363573
List of mental illnesses and symptoms: This document includes a list and overview of mental illnesses and symptoms, as well as treatment and support available for each. It also allows you to connect with others on the NAMI discussion groups which can be a great way to manage recovery, find support and learn more about mental health conditions. http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=By_Illness
Myths and Facts about Mental Illness: Misconceptions about mental illness are pervasive and the lack of understanding can have serious consequences for millions of people who have a psychiatric illness. Check out this fact sheet which helps to dispel these myths which is a powerful step toward eradicating stigma. http://goo.gl/OAcWak
Half of Us: Mental health issues are a reality for millions of people across the country. Young people are especially at risk, with half of college students reporting that they have been stressed to a point where they couldn’t function during the past year. This website encourages young people to help ourselves and others by fighting the stigma around mental health and speaking up when we need support. Learn more about how you can join the campaign here: halfofus.com
ReachOut USA: ReachOut seeks to help teens and young adults who struggle with feelings of hopelessness and thoughts of suicide. By harnessing the power and accessibility of online and mobile platforms, ReachOut meets them where they are to provide vital peer-to-peer support and mental health information. Check out resources and support here: Reachout.com
Text Talk Act: This website encourages young people across the country to have a national conversation on mental health and learn how to help a friend in need. Through text messaging, small groups receive discussion questions to lead them through a conversation about mental health. Join the nationwide conversation to help end the silence and learn more: http://www.creatingcommunitysolutions.org/texttalkact
Thank you for your interest in the Directing Change at City College Student Video Contest.
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
San Diego County Access and Crisis Line: (888)724-7240