Directing Change

RSVP for the Directing Change
Award Ceremony on May 11th, 2017
in Escondido, CA.

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Submissions must be received by midnight PDT March 1, 2014. If you are experiencing technical problems, please follow the steps outlined below.   If you need to make arrangements to submit your submission via mail, please email us at (Please note that mailed entries need to be postmarked by March 1, 2014.)

Last check: Does your film have the necessary identification to match it to your entry, release and copyright forms?

Your entry title needs to be in one of the acceptable formats listed in the contest rules under submission formats and submission identification. All forms and the submitted film need to have the same identification as specified below. This will allow the Directing Change Team to match up the entry form, submitted film and release forms.

  • All forms need to include: Student Advisor Name, School Name, County in which School is Located, Student Name (s), Submission Category, Film Title
  •  Choose a unique name for your entry. Last year nearly 1 in 5 submissions had the same title. (The two most popular titles were “Suicide Prevention PSA” and “There is hope”.)
  • Every film has to begin with a beginning title slide (not counted in the 60-second limit) that needs to include: The Film Title, the Submission Category, Student Advisor Name, School Name, County in which School is Located, and Student Name (s)
  • The film file name must include the category initials (SP for Suicide Prevention and ES for Ending the Silence of Mental Illness), the school’s initials and the name of the county the school is located in. For example:
    • SP_MHS_Mono_nameoffilm (MHS for Mammoth High School)
    • ES_BSHS_SanDiego_nameoffilm (BSHS for Borrego Springs High School)

By uploading an entry student(s) named on the entry form automatically agree to the contest rules. After the submission is uploaded, print the confirmation page and give it to your school advisor for safe keeping!

Are you ready to upload your entry? Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Find and click your region below by identifying the county your school is in
  2. Upload your video to the appropriate category (suicide prevention or Ending the Silence of Mental Illness)
  3. Make sure your school advisor completes the Entry Form and submits all applicable release and copyright forms matching the identification information provided in your film.

If you are experiencing problems uploading, the following steps will solve 99% of issues:

  • 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)

If technical problems persist, please email: and include your internet browser, the region you are trying to upload to, and a description of the problem you are experiencing. Please be assured that we will not disqualify any entries that did make the deadline as a result of a technical problem with uploading the video.

Find and click your region below

Region 1 – North Coast: Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma

Region 2 – Northeastern: Siskiyou,Modoc, Trinity, Shasta, Lassen, Plumas, Tehama,Glenn, Butte

Region 3 – Capital Service Region: Sierra, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Alpine, Yuba, Colusa, Sutter, Yolo, Sacramento

Region 4 – Bay: Napa, Solano, Marin, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo

Region 5 – South Bay: Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Benito, Monterey

Region 6 – Delta Sierra: Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Stanislaus, San Joaquin

Region 7 – Central Valley: Mariposa, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare

Region 8 – Costa Del Surf: San Luis Obispo, Kern, Santa Barbara, Ventura

Region 9 – Southern: Orange, San Diego, Imperial

Region 10 – RIMS: Mono, Inyo, San Bernardino, Riverside

Region 11 – Los Angeles: Los Angeles

If you are experiencing an emotional crisis, are thinking about suicide or are concerned about a friend call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline immediately: 1-800-273-8255This is a free 24-hour hotline.
The contest is part of Each Mind Matters: California's Mental Health Movement and statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. These initiatives are funded by counties through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. The program is implemented by Your Social Marketer, Inc.
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