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Dear Friends,

We are excited to announce the inaugural Open Mind Film Festival for Mental Health presented by The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. High school students throughout Los Angeles County are invited to submit short films highlighting their unique experiences and concerns about mental health. We are interested in stories of people living with mental illnesses, ideas on reducing the stigma of or coping with mental illness, and ways mental health issues impact high school students. 

Many of you have attended our Open Mind programs over the years. This new film festival provides an opportunity to engage a younger audience in a conversation about mental health. We ask that you help us get the word out by forwarding this announcement to any parents and students who may have an interest in filmmaking and mental health.

The timeline for the festival is:
February 15: Deadline for submissions
May 6: Film Festival Event
Selected films will be screened at The James Bridges Theatre on the UCLA campus. If Covid-19 makes a live meeting inadvisable, we will host a virtual festival.

 

For more information about the Open Mind Film Festival, please visit www.FilmFreeway.com/OpenMindFilmFestival.

 

If you have questions, please email OpenMindFilmFest@gmail.com.

 

We look forward to receiving films from young people you know and seeing you at the Festival in May.

Vicky Goodman
Founder and President
Friends of Semel

Mia Silverman

Chair, Open Mind Film Festival

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