Screenshot from Directing Change awarded film "Monsters of Mental Health"

Screenshot from Directing Change awarded film “Monsters of Mental Health

Congratulations to the creative youth filmmaker who have been honored by California’s Directing Change Program. This statewide contest invites young actors, animators, directors, and producers to use the film platform to raise awareness for mental health, suicide prevention, and cultural identity issues. Nearly 1,000 films were submitted this year, and we are proud that many winning entries came from our very own L.A. County youth. In total, 51 entries from L.A. County were recognized by this year’s contest with awards and honorable mentions.

A recording of this year’s virtual award ceremony – MC’ed by Queer Eye’s culture expert Karamo Brown – and complete list of winning films are available here. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who participated to bring attention to mental health issues, reduce stigma associated with mental illness, and connect viewers to supportive resources and services in their communities.