Eleven outstanding films created by young people were recognised at the annual CAST Film Festival (Caring About Society Together), which took place on Thursday 23rd April, in the Red Cow Moran Hotel. This year’s festival, held in association with the National Office for Suicide Prevention, was officially opened by Minister of State for Primary Care, Social Care and Mental Health, Kathleen Lynch.
The overall ‘Significant Contribution to Mental Health Award’, which was judged by a panel including celebrated Irish director Paul Cusack, was awarded to Resilience from the Clondalkin Youth Service.
The film festival also included a Ceremony of Light in recognition of the late Donal Walsh. Donal’s mother Elma Walsh attended and presented the Donal Walsh #LiveLife Award. The #LiveLife award was launched during last year’s CAST Film Festival.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Lynch said, “I am delighted to see so many young people using their creativity and talent to promote the importance of positive mental health. This is an issue that affects people of all ages in our society and young people are no exception. It is so important that young people feel they can talk about mental health and that they have ways and means to express their feelings, anxieties, and concerns. CAST Film Festival offers a wonderful platform for them to do this while also promoting the importance of positive mental health to other young people and the wider community.”
Over 600 young people and guests attended the glamorous red carpet event including Minister for Justice and Equality, Francis Fitzgerald; Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh; Olympic Medallist, Kenneth Egan; cast members of RTE1’s Fair City; social justice campaigner, Sr Stanislaus Kennedy and Mayor of South Dublin, Fintan Warfield.
Founded by a group of students from Clondalkin, Dublin, as a result of a Young Social Innovators project, CAST Film Festival is now in its fourth year and it encourages young people from all over Ireland to create and submit short films with a focus on mental health. Almost forty films created by some 600 young people were shortlisted for this year’s awards.
List of winners:
Resilience by Clondalkin Youth Service, for overall Significant Impact Award, sponsored by the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP)
David Boyle in Mindful by Collinstown Park Inklink, for Best Actor Schools Category Awards, sponsored by Pieta House
Mindful by Collinstown Park Inklink, for Best Film Schools Category, sponsored by AbbVie Ltd
Checkmate by Coláiste Muire, Ennis, for Achievement in Animation Award, sponsored by Suicide Or Survive
James Eastlake in SAOL by Ballyfermot Youth Service, for Best Actor in Community Category, sponsored by Cross Care
SAOL by Ballyfermot Youth Service, for Best Film in Community Category, sponsored by Reachout.com
Resilience by Clondalkin Youth Service, for Donal Walsh #LiveLife Award, sponsored by Donal Walsh #LiveLife Foundation
Good 2 Talk by St. Joseph’s Rochfortbridge, for Achievement in Music (Original Score) Award, sponsored by SOAR
SAOL by Ballyfermot Youth Service, for Achievement in ICT Award, sponsored by Fast Track to Information Technology (FIT)
Coláiste Muire, Ennis, for Poster to postcard Campaign Award, sponsored by Mental Health Ireland
The Missing Piece by St. Joseph’s Rochfortbridge for Use of Social Media to Promote Positive Mental Health Award, sponsored by the Vodafone Foundation Ireland