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2023 Open Mind Film Festival Trailer

The Open Mind Film Festival 2023 is presented by The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. The Friends is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living with mental health issues.

This third annual Open Mind Film Festival is open to high school students throughout the United States. We invite students to join the important conversation on mental health by submitting short films that highlight their experiences and concerns. Use your cell phone or video camera to create a short film to tell us your unique story.

The host for the 2023 film festival will be Bryan Greenberg, actor and singer, known for his starring role as Ben Epstein in the HBO original series How to Make It in America as well as a recurring role as Jake Jagielski in the WB series One Tree Hill and as Nick Garrett on the short-lived ABC drama October Road. Our host in 2022 was singer-songwriter Grace Gaustad. Grace has appeared on The Today Show and CNN to talk about her struggles with mental health.

Please email us at to ask any questions.

The Film Festival is scheduled for April, 2023. Selected films will be screened in a virtual and/or in-person format. For more information visit Film Freeway.

Open Mind Film Festival for High School Students

2022 Film Festival Finalists

2022 Open Mind Film Festival

2021 Film Festival Finalists

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