The inaugural HeadsUp Movie Awards, which aim to encourage creative expression around mental health issues, were today launched by Sinead Kennedy and Paul Walsh of RTÉ’s Two Tube.
The Awards are being organised by HeadsUp, a mental health promotion project run by Rehab, with the support of RTE Two’s Two Tube and the National Office for Suicide Prevention’s “Let Someone Know” campaign.
The aim is to encourage young people across Ireland to create their own mini-movies around mental health stories as part of efforts to reduce stigma and develop more open and receptive attitudes around the issue.
Fantastic prizes are on offer with a €5,000 prize fund, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shadow a leading filmmaker or animator for a day and – in what could amount to a real break for an aspiring director – the winning entries will be showcased on national television. Entries will be judged by industry experts, including filmmaker Kirsten Sheridan of The Factory, animator Nicky Phelan of Brown Bag Films and Sheila de Courcy, Commissioning Editor RTÉ Young People’s Programmes.
Entries will be accepted in two categories – for those above 18 and under 18 years – with members of the public having the opportunity to vote online for their favourite shortlisted entry. The winners will be announced in late December.
For more information on the Awards, and to download the entry form and terms and conditions, log onto www.headsup.ie/movieawards.
Entry forms must be posted to HeadsUp Movie Awards, Rehab Group, Roslyn Park, Sandymount, Dublin 4 and received no later than Friday October 28 2011.
It is estimated that one in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. HeadsUp aims to help prevent youth suicides using a mental health promotion approach by intervening with the target group of 15-24 year olds early and before they reach a point of crisis.
HeadsUp’s focus is on supporting people in understanding mental health where people realise their own abilities and have the resilience to cope with tough times when they happen.