Entry Process

The following provides a step by step overview of the entry process. Adult advisors, we recommend that you review the Getting Started tips with useful ideas to help your participants submit winning entries!  Student participants, check out our Directing Change Canada Prezi – it provides an overview of the rules and tips to succeed!

1. Read the contest rules!

2. Identify an adult advisor at your school or organization. All participants that are associated with a high school, community-based organization, program, club or other entity must select an adult advisor for their team. The adult advisor is someone who is not on the film submission team. This is required so we can connect your school or organization with free prevention programs and resources and they also qualify for cash prizes. The adult advisor does not need to have knowledge of or expertise in film making or the subject matter (suicide prevention and mental health).

3. Read through the submission category and review the content guidelines carefully.  There is one submission category:

Through the Lens of Culture – Mental Health Matters (60-second PSA):  This category asks for a 60-second film that educates young people about mental health through the lens of a particular culture.

4. Submit an Intent to Direct Form to let us know that you are planning to submit a film and in which category. Submitting the form does not obligate you to submit an entry, just as not submitting the form does not disqualify entries, but it helps us with the planning process. Only one per film team, please!

5. Review educational resources. We have developed several resources to assist with content such as educational films, fact sheets, and a Prezi presentation. Visit the “For Youth” page or “For Schools” page for assistance. Here are a few resources:

  • Directing Change Prezi with tips for participants
  • Short educational videos about suicide prevention. Also, be sure to check out the Submission Toolbox for the category which includes tools (such as the logo end slate and the title slide template) that are required with your film submission, and resources to help you with the content of your film.
  • Through the Lens of Culture Toolbox

6. Sign Release Forms and give them to your adult advisor.  Student filmmakers and participants are honor-bound to acquire all necessary permissions and signatures, including parent/guardian signatures if they are under the age of 18, and accept the liabilities for copyright violations. Please review the forms and copyrights page for more information and to download the appropriate forms.  It is best to provide original music, art, and images!  (When obtaining permission, you are not just seeking to use permission for submission into the contest, but for all mediums that the film will be used in including online and broadcast).

Important note: All applicable release forms need to be kept on file by the adult advisor. The Directing Change Canada team will request release forms from the winning film teams and any other films that we anticipate may be used to support local awareness efforts, therefore it is important to keep all forms on file. If Directing Change Canada staff ask for release forms and they cannot be provided, the film may be disqualified.

7. Upload your Entry Form and Film. The entry form is due by midnight on Thursday, April 1, 2021. You can begin and save this form for up to 30 days.  At the bottom of the form, you can click Save and Continue Later.  Once you click this you will be presented with a link that you need to bookmark and with an option to enter your email to receive the link via email. We strongly recommend doing both, as there is no way for the Directing Change Canada Team to provide you with your link. You will also need the Vimeo URL to submit your film.  Every person that worked on the film (crew) or acted in the film (cast) or whose voice can be heard in the film (cast) needs to provide contact information, their T-shirt size, and accept the Directing Change Canada Terms and Conditions.

As part of the entry form, you will be asked to upload your film to the Directing Change Canada Vimeo Channel. Please select your film file and include your film title and a description of the film. When you submit your entry form, the film will be uploaded to the Directing Change CanadaVimeo Channel, where it will be unlisted and only viewable by the Directing Change Canada team.

Troubleshooting Tips

  • Try a different browser (e.g., if you are using Google Chrome, try Internet Explorer).
  • Try uploading the film from a different computer (e.g., instead of your school’s computer, try your home computer).
  • Try uploading the film using a different internet source: we receive many phone calls from students and teachers trying to upload the films while at school, but if your school’s internet blocks Vimeo.com, you will not be able to upload. Either try uploading the film at home/the library/another location, or use a personal hotspot or mobile Wi-Fi to upload.
  • Contact us – we have never disqualified a film as a result of technical problems!

If technical problems persist, please contact us and include your internet browser and a description of the problem you are experiencing. Please be assured that we will not disqualify any entries that did make the deadline as a result of a technical problem with uploading the film.

8. Sit back, relax, and think about what an amazing film you just created!