Apply for Serious Mental Illness Short Film Competition

 Deadline Date: March 17, 2024

 Donor Name: Voices With Impact

 Grant Size: $1000 to $10,000

Voices With Impact’s Serious Mental Illness Short Film Competition is an open call for short films that explore issues related to diagnoses of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder.

The Competition is supported by the Sidney Baer Jr. Foundation.

Prize Information

  • The winning films will receive a $2000 cash prize and be inducted into the mental health film library for distribution across the US & Canada.
  • Winning films will be announced at the Voices with Impact festival, June 2024.
  • They will award prizes to 3 winning entries.

What are they looking for?

  • ​They’re looking for short films that explore stories of people living with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and/or bipolar disorder that will spark conversations. They will also accept films that define Serious Mental Illness as a mental illness that considerably impacts someone’s ability to function day to day. The winning films will compassionately portray mental health experiences.

Eligibility Criteria

  • They accept films up to 5 minutes in in length, of any genre, using Serious Mental Illness as the point of interest. Film topics may either be interpretive of Serious Mental Illness, or address it directly. They do not place any formal restrictions on submissions, and will consider all genres and types of short films, including submissions utilizing original footage, shared footage, photo stills, music, essays, screenplays, original art work and more. The film must however be your own original work and you must have the correct license for any materials used within the film. There is no fee for submissions.
  • Anyone, anywhere. There are no restrictions on who can submit films. That being said, to be considered, all the film submissions must:
    • Address an issues related to Serious Mental Illness
    • Have been created within the past 36 months


  • There are no geographic limitations on entries — they accept short films made anywhere in the world! If a submission is not in English, a translation or subtitles in English must be accessible.

For more information, visit Voices With Impact.

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