Film com­pe­ti­tion puts men­tal health in the frame

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

THE AD­MIRABLE, hard­work­ing peo­ple at Rea­chOut, an or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to tak­ing the mys­tery out of men­tal health, are launch­ing a film com­pe­ti­tion aimed at chang­ing at­ti­tudes and coun­ter­act­ing neg­a­tive stereo­types.

The In­spire a Gen­er­a­tion scheme in­vites in­ter­ested par­ties to cre­ate a short film or an­i­ma­tion that ex­plores men­tal health is­sues in a pos­i­tive way. The judg­ing panel in­cludes such luminaries as Roe Mc­Der­mott, film critic for Hot Press; Ru­pert Mor­ris from ad­ver­tis­ing agency Caw­ley-Nea; and Gráinne Humphreys, di­rec­tor of the Jame­son Dublin In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

The first prize is ¤2,000 and an in­tern­ship in Caw­ley-Nea. There are also run­ner-up awards of ¤1,000 and ¤500. In or­der to get your­self in the run­ning, you are in­vited to sub­mit an out­line of your film – which should run be­tween 90 and 120 sec­onds – in­clud­ing a sto­ry­board. En­trants must be be­tween 18 and 30. Ten short­listed fi­nal­ists will then be in­vited to pro­duce their project. The fi­nal date for first sub­mis­sions is Mon­day, July 16th.

The In­spire Ire­land Foun­da­tion, which runs Rea­chOut.com, acts as part of a an in­ter­na­tional net­work of bod­ies that seeks to help young folk lead hap­pier, less stress­ful lives. The um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion was es­tab­lished in Aus­tralia in 1996 as a re­sponse to that na­tion’s then es­ca­lat­ing rates of youth sui­cide.

Rea­chOut started in 2009 and, since then, has been rais­ing funds and spread­ing aware­ness in imag­i­na­tive ways, in­clud­ing a fa­mous Ticket pub quiz. En­try forms at ie.rea­chout.com.

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