ShoutOUT! YOU ARE INVITED! Premiere & Awards: Singapore Mental Health Film Festival (SMHFF) Youth Finalists’ Short Films

The Singapore Mental Health Film Festival (SMHFF) is excited to welcome all to join them on Facebook "Live" for the Premiere & Awards Ceremony of SMHFF Short Film Youth Competition Finalists!

Details for the event:
Saturday, 30 May 2020
Premiere: 10 Finalists’ Short Films | 1:30 pm
Awards Ceremony | 3:00 pm

The inaugural SMHFF Short Film Youth Competition, the first of its kind in Singapore, focusses on specific mental health and dementia issues. In our current landscape, more youths are stepping up to voice out about these issues that were once considered highly stigmatised. SMHFF has created this platform for youths to share their perspectives through film production. This is in line with the festival's vision of working towards facilitating genuine dialogue, and allowing individuals to speak openly about mental health concerns without shame or discrimination. 

A total of 175 youths signed up for the film production and mental health/dementia workshops. In November 2019, SMHFF received a total 26 short film entries. These were judged by an esteemed panel of local and international mental health/dementia and film festival partners. 

SMHFF is excited to premiere the 10 finalists' short films and celebrate the work that each individual youth has contributed to challenging the stigma of mental health/dementia in Singapore.

SMHFF Short Film Youth Competition 2020
Launched in 2019, the SMHFF Short Film Youth Competition encourages youth to challenge the stigma of mental illness & dementia in Singapore through a short film production.

This competition featured workshops with film industry experts and mental health/dementia organisations to provide accurate and precise information about Singapore’s mental health landscape. The short films had to feature at least one of these five topics: youth mental health, suicide & depression, caregivers, dementia and creative expressions.

The winning short film will be screened on the Opening Night of the next Singapore Mental Health Film Festival.

Additionally, it will be screened at the New York City Mental Health Film Festival 2020 (New York, USA) and Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival 2020 (Toronto, Canada).

Film Industry Experts:
Yahssir M, Millenia Motion Pictures
Wesley Aroozoo, LASALLE College of the Arts

Mental Health/Dementia Agencies:
Singapore Association for Mental Health
Alzheimer's Disease Association
Community Health Assessment Team
Caregivers' Alliance Limited 
Shan You Counselling Centre 

Jardine Matheson Group
MINDSET Care Limited

Main Partner:
National Youth Council

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