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MHSA FILM FESTIVAL WHAT???

Join Us at the 6th Annual MHSA Film Festival!

Date: September 29th, 2024
Location: The Bug Theatre, Denver & Zoom

 

Why Attend?

  • Powerful Films: independent short films (3-40 minutes) on mental health and suicide prevention.

  • Global Perspectives: Unique stories from filmmakers around the world.

  • Live Interaction: Q&A sessions with filmmakers and their crews.

  • Community Impact: Engage with like-minded individuals passionate about creating positive change.

 

Highlights:

  • Exclusive Access: Only 180 VIP tickets for in-person and 100 virtual tickets available.

  • Age Recommendation: Suitable for ages 13+. Parents encouraged to discuss the content with children.

 

Don't Miss Out!

  • Life-Changing Experience: Films that inspire and provoke important conversations.

  • Tickets: Limited availability – secure yours now!

Be part of this transformative event. Get your tickets and join a community dedicated to raising awareness and fostering change through the power of film.

Film Submission for 2024 Film Festival Now Open

Trailers for some of our incredible films last year

Check out the full lineup below...

Submissions for 2024 are NOW OPEN!!
We only take film submissions through Film Freeway and will open for next year sometime late summer to fall.

Sponsor this event:

Spotlight $250

  • Small logo on BCC Evolution website for 1 year as a sponsor 

  • Small logo on marketing flyers for event ($50 value)

  • Shout out at the festival

  • 1 VIP ticket ($45 value, In-person or Virtual)

  • Opportunity to put a goody item or service to promote your business or self into the VIP swag bag

  • Sooner you purchase the more exposure you will get. Make Mental Health Matter is a 501c3 nonprofit. (All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law)

Star $500 

  • Medium logo on Make Mental Health Matter website for 1 year as a sponsor

  • Medium logo on marketing flyers and emails for event ($100 value)

  • Shout out at the festival 

  • 2 VIP tickets to event ($90 value, In-person or Virtual)

  • Opportunity to put a goody item or service to promote your business or self into the VIP swag bag

  • Sooner you purchase the more exposure you will get. Make Mental Health Matter is a 501c3 nonprofit. (All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law)

Leading Role $1,000

  • Medium logo on MMHM website for 1 year as a sponsor 

  • Medium logo and shout out on all marketing including flyers, emails, podcasts, lives, etc. for event ($150 value)

  • 2 shout outs during festival

  • 4 VIP tickets to event ($180 value, In-person or Virtual)

  • Opportunity to put a goody item or service to promote your business or self into the VIP swag bag

  • Sooner you purchase the more exposure you will get. MMHM is a 501c3 nonprofit. (All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law)

 

Award Winner $2,500

  • Large logo on MMHM website for 1 year as a sponsor 

  • Large logo and shout out on all marketing including flyers, emails, podcasts, shows, lives, FilmFreeway, etc. for event ($200 value)

  • Multiple avenues of shout out during event

  • Company recognition in media kit ($1000 value)

  • Option for vendor booth at in-person event

  • 8 VIP tickets to event ($360 value, In-person or Virtual)

  • Opportunity to put a goody item or service to promote your business or self into the VIP swag bag

  • Sooner you purchase the more exposure you will get. MMHM is a 501c3 nonprofit. (All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law)

Scan the QR code for PayPal or Venmo pay based on the level you have chosen or reach out to support@makementalhealthmatter.org to initiate your sponsorship. 

 

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How was last year?

The MHSA Film Festival 2023 was a HUGE success. Thank you to all the brilliant filmmakers and their crew who submitted to the festival and also joined us live from all over the world for the Q&A sessions. We are so very thankful and blessed to have been able to share you films with the world. And thank you to those of you that joined us Live and/or watched after and voted for your favorite. Be sure to Subscribe to our YouTube channel so you can hear the announcement for the winners and keep up to date about all things BCC Evolution.
Together let's Make Mental Health Matter!!

We picked 12 incredible films from all over the world and had 3 film makers attend the festival in person. Find out more about below.

Want to see the longer version, check out our YouTube Channel: 

Film Lineup 2023
In order of showing

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Love Shades

Overview: The film focuses on the epidemic of depression.

The daughter of a single father is diagnosed with depression. The Father’s perspective changes when he is offered a “Love Shades” -a pair of glasses that reveal the true emotion of the person whom you look at with the glasses on, However, it is not only the Father who finds clarity through the Love Shades. The pair of glasses have a surprise in store for the daughter too. 

Film Block 1

Director

Writer

Producer

Key Cast

Country Originated

Pratick Paudel

Pratick Paudel

Stephanie Stan

Benett Berkowitz, Chiara Bertolasi

Sweden

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Mirrors

Overview: The short film "Mirrors" by award-winning director Paul Jerndal is showing Anis don Demina, Cecilia von Der Esch and Danny Saucedo as they  meet their mirror images and their worst self-critical thoughts. Mirrors aim to draw attention to mental health and the importance of daring to share feelings and thoughts.

Film Block 1

Director

Writer

Producer

Key Cast

Country Originated

Paul Jerndal

Paul Jerndal

Kim Nehzaty

Cecilia von der Esch, Danny Saucedo, Anis don Demina

Sweden

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Both Sides of the Desk

Overview: A short documentary about two women with intensive trauma histories and the new approach to mental health treatment that  led to healing and resilience.  It is also the story of the pioneering women who are leading the way in advocating for Trauma Informed Care in Ohio.

Film Block 1

Director

Writer

Producer

Animation

Country Originated

Brian Plow

Brian Plow

Jennifer Schwirian

N/A

United States

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The Days

Overview: In this emotional short film artist Sandro Cavazza (Aviciis friend) is having a conversation with himself about his emotions that led to ending his career as an artist. 

Film Block 1

Director

Writer

Producer

Key Cast

Country Originated

Paul Jerndal

Paul Jerndal

Kim Nehzaty

Sandro Cavazza

Sweden

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Passing Ships

Overview: Passing Ships is a short film on mental health and the prevalence of male suicide in the North East of England featuring a narrated poem voiced by Baz Warne (The Stranglers, The Toy Dolls) and an epilogue by Melanie Hill (Waterloo Road, Coronation Street). 

Film Block 2

Director

Writer

Producer

Key Cast

Country Originated

John Lee Taggart

John Lee Taggart

John Lee Taggart

Baz Warne, Melanie Hill, Brandon Farrow, Jonny Coyne

United Kingdom

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Under My Skin

Overview: Under My Skin is a documentary short film that uncovers the extraordinary physical, mental and emotional challenges faced by people living with eczema. The film follows three subjects who share their personal experiences with what can be a painful and unpredictable condition. In the film we follow Lanese, a single mom who took control of her own condition after seeing it affect her young daughter; Rob, who sought help from a dermatologist with encouragement from a loving girlfriend who saw the toll eczema was having on his emotional well-being; and Alexis, a young woman who discovered a supportive community after sharing her story on social media. As the film uncovers what is often unknown and misunderstood about this chronic disease, it shows that having the courage to seek help can turn a story of suffering into one of hope. Under My Skin was created by AbbVie in partnership with award-winning Redglass Pictures.

Film Block 2

Director

Writer

Producer

Key Cast

Country Originated

Sarah Klein, Tom Mason

Sarah Klein, Tom Mason

Heather Martino

N/A

United States

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Beauty Behind The Madness

Overview: Georgia Sideris and Taylor Clara talk about their journeys with Borderline Personality Disorder and how they’ve unlocked deeply artistic parts of themselves through their experiences.

This documentary explores the theme of the creativity that lies behind the pre perceived darkness of Borderline Personality Disorder.

Film Block 2

Director

Writer

Producer

Key Cast

Country Originated

Stephanie Nicole Millar

Stephanie Nicole Millar

Kaleb Michael Carmichael

Taylor Clara, Georgia Sideris

Canada

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Embrace ME

Overview: A young women is tasked to tap into her childhood trauma. When she is faced by her younger self, will she be able to embrace the pain of the past or will she continue to run away from it?

Repeat Film Maker 3 years

Film Block 2

Director

Writer

Producer

Key Cast

Country Originated

Megan Gladding, Angharad Gladding

Megan Gladding

Clare Gladding, Ian Gladding

Eden Moodie, Megan Gladding, Agnes Widfeldt, Amalia Calder, Paul Newborough

New Zealand

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Emma's Recovery: Journey to Congress

Overview: While fighting an eating disorder herself, high school student and Children's Hospital Ambassador Emma Warford works with members of Congress to create preventative mental health laws.

Film Block 3

Director

Writer

Producer

Key Cast

Country Originated

Ella Daniel

Ella Daniel

Sam Record

Emma Warford, Zach Zaslow

Colorado

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Falling Into the Abyss: the state of mental health in Colorado

Overview: As families continue to fall into an abyss after experiencing a mental health crisis, state-level legislation is attempting to create a mental health safety net for Coloradans.

Film Block 3

Director

Writer

Producer

Other

Country Originated

Elizabeth Costello

Elizabeth Costello

Shannon Umetani

Executive Producer: Mental Health Colorado

Colorado

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Power of Expression

Overview: When singer-songwriter Jordan Lally lost his father to suicide, he knew he could no longer hide his own struggles with anxiety & depression. It was time for him and his bandmates in Big Infinite to get “real” and share their own mental health struggles with the world. The "Power of Expression" is an "unplugged" style music documentary that shares Big Infinite's healing journey and uplifting music, while providing inspiration and wellness techniques to help others find hope, purpose and healing.

Film Block 3

Director

Writer

Producer

Key Cast

Country Originated

Greg Dicharry, Jordan Lally

Jordan Lally

Jordan Lally, Greg Dicharry

Jordan Lally, DJ Fritzges, Andre Toney

United States

Our Incredible Host

An International Film Festival presented by BCC Evolution. We will all be showcasing 11 inspirational films that go through different journeys related to Mental Health and Suicide Awareness and how hope is what keeps us all going. 

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