We are excited to announce the second annual Open Mind Film Festival, presented by The Friends of the Semel Institute at UCLA*. High school students are invited to submit short films highlighting their experiences and concerns about mental health.

The timeline for the festival is: 

Submission Deadline: 

March 11, 2022 

Film Festival Event: 

April 28, 2022

In spring 2021, the inaugural Open Mind Film Festival attracted 75 student films on topics including eating disorders, addiction, social isolation, and suicidal thoughts. Nine films were screened during the event and the judges, including a UCLA Film School professor, an Academy Award winning Director, and a Semel Institute faculty member, awarded prizes to three of the filmmakers.


We expect that the 2022 Festival will attract more personal stories and bring greater awareness to the mental health issues impacting teenagers. Please forward this announcement to students, faculty, and friends to help us expand our reach.

For more about please visit:

 Open Mind Film Festival 

For questions please email:


Thank you for your help and we hope to see you at the movies!

Mia Silverman & Mary Snyder Co-Chairs,

Open Mind Film Festival


*The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental illness by supporting research for innovative treatments and sponsoring educational programs to raise awareness and erase stigma. The Friends sponsors and produces the Open Mind, a lecture and film series that brings together leaders in science and culture to present programs about mental health.

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