Welcome to Believe Psychology Film Festival and Screenwriting Contest! Make your mark on the history of cinema by including your film or screenplay in a celebration of movies and stories influenced by psychology.

HISTORY:
Psychology has been a part of the film industry since the 1930s-1940s. As the field of psychology became popular in the United States, Hollywood began producing a large number of psychological movies reflecting both psychopathy (mental illness) and the healing effects of psychology (mental health) in people’s lives. Today, the topic of psychology and mental health has received national attention and movies reflecting psychology are needed for widespread distribution.

Both internationally and within the US, we find filmmakers, directors, writers and producers like yourself contributing your vision of how psychology influences modern day storylines.

MISSION:
Believe Psychology Film Festival aims to promote films and screenplays that include dynamics of psychology and portrays them with honesty and compassion. We are looking for films and scripts that address, depict, represent, tell the story, show, highlight, teach, expose, explore, offer guidance, celebrate and/or raise awareness about topics related to psychology.

Themes of psychology are varied and multifaceted. It is not limited to stories labeled mental health or mental illness. It includes stories of everyday life. Psychology movies tell stories of joy, disappointment, triumph, loss, perseverance, hardship, and growth while exploring the complexities of interpersonal relationships. We are looking for stories that capture a peek into the lives of their characters and expose viewers to their unique perspective.

The path to reducing stigma toward the field of psychology is to increase the number of stories being told that are influenced by psychological themes and to do so with compassion and honesty. We invite filmmakers and screenwriters to share their artistic contributions and inspire a world to a deeper understanding of the human capacity.

SELECTION PROCESS USING HYBRID APPROACH: (READ CAREFULLY)
The pandemic changed the world and subsequently changed the production of artistic festivals. In the last year, festivals have adjusted by shifting from in-person to online screenings. We have had success with the online platform and yet cannot deny the value and specialness of in-person events. For this season, we have decided to offer both in-person and online screenings within a hybrid model.

Films will be selected to screen in-person with an option to screen online as well. You get an in-person screening + an online screening. Some films have distribution limitations so it is optional to screen online if you are selected to screen in-person. We get lots of questions on this one so repeated 3x for emphasis.

We want as many films to reach an audience as possible. However, due to limited theater space, some films will be selected for our online platform only. If you decline to screen online, just let us know during the selection process.

Please note, all films that are submitted are eligible to be selected for an in-person screening. All films that are officially selected are eligible for awards in their category including Grand Prize Awards which include premium prizes and gifts.

AWARD- GRAND PRIZE
Films that demonstrate exemplary representation of the overall mission of the festival will receive a Grand Prize Award. Films are welcome to submit in this category. Films can be any film type (short, documentary, feature, etc). *** Please note: Films are eligible to win Grand Prize Awards ONLY if you submit in the 5 Film Grand Prize Categories. You have 5x chances to win! Please note: This category is for FILMS only.

Film Grand Prize Award categories include:
Best Resiliency & Hope
Best Compassionate & Honest
Best Diversity
Best Spreading Awareness
Best Cinematically Captivating

Film Grand Prize Awards include:
- an engraved CRYSTAL trophy announcing your winner status (see pics above).
- an official Award Certificate and Laurel from Believe Psychology Film Festival
- a feature on Believe Psychology Film Festival website and social media pages
- Free (2) two hours of Psychological Consultation with a Licensed Psychologist for your current or next project

AWARD- SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT
Films that demonstrate exemplary representation of themes related to psychology will receive a Special Achievement Award.

Film Prizes for Special Achievement Awards include:
- an official Award Certificate and Laurel from Believe Psychology Film Festival
- a feature on Believe Psychology Film Festival website and social media pages
- cash, amounts vary dependent on category and sponsorship
- gift certificates, amounts vary dependent on category and sponsorship
- more prizes to be announced

AWARD- SCREENPLAY
Screenplays that demonstrate exemplary representation of the overall mission of the festival will receive a Grand Prize Award (1st place) and an Elite Prize Award (2nd place).

Screenplay Award categories include:
Best Psychology Screenplay- 1st Place- Grand Prize Award
Best Psychology Screenplay- 2nd Place- Elite Prize Award

Screenplay Grand Prize Award includes:
- an engraved CRYSTAL trophy announcing your winner status (see pics above).
- an official Award Certificate and Laurel from Believe Psychology Film Festival
- a feature on Believe Psychology Film Festival website and social media pages

Screenplay Elite Prize Award includes:
- an official Award Certificate and Laurel from Believe Psychology Film Festival
- a feature on Believe Psychology Film Festival website and social media pages

Please review the following agreements necessary to participate in Believe Psychology Film Festival and Screenwriting Contest.

-You agree that you own the rights of your film and screenplay.
-You agree that the submitted film and screenplay will be in either English or have English subtitles.
-You agree that your submission will bear a nonrefundable entry fee.
-You agree that your submission is an original work.
-You agree to monitor FilmFreeway for the status of your submission.
-You agree to indemnify and hold harmless us, our officers, affiliates, sponsors, and partners from any and all claims and liability arising out of entering or transmitting your submission to the Believe Psychology Film Festival.
-You agree to grant Believe Psychology Film Festival the right to use the title, synopsis, poster, thumbnail and trailer of your submission for advertisement purposes, including using of those materials on Believe Psychology's website and social media channels.

Believe Psychology Film Festival does NOT accept the following:
-Extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organizations.
-Pornography.

Requirements:
- Film submissions must be available to view through FilmFreeway's online screening interface.
- Screenplays should include a brief synopsis, list of characters and be in a PDF format.
- We strongly encouraged you to be present at the award ceremony. If you receive an award and are not able to be present, you will need to provide shipping information and pay postage for all awards that are shipped internationally (this includes customs charges in your country upon receipt of your gift).

* By submitting your film or screenplay, take note that:
- Submitter will be given credit for all material submitted as it is their own intellectual property and will remain so.
-Submitter agrees they have read and understood all the terms and conditions, rules and guidelines before submitting a project.
- Official Selection Nominees to the festival will receive 1 COMPLIMENTARY admission to their BPFF screening.

Overall Rating
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Hospitality
Networking
  • Honoured to have our film Mara: The Seal Wife selected for Believe Psychology and grateful to win an award for Best Cinematically Captivating!

    October 2022
  • Nika King and Lia Martin

    This was a great festival. My colleagues thoroughly enjoyed it and thought it represented the field of psychology well.

    June 2022
  • We were thrilled, honored and proud to be selected to participate in this important festival. Credit to the dedicated organizers, lead by an incredibly passionate individual, who cares just as much about film and filmmaking as she does helping humanity. We applaud the effort installed be all to ensure this festival was both meaningful and enjoyable. It was an absolute pleasure to be involved, from the lovely commencement dinner, to the final award ceremony. Lastly, the physical awards are of the best possible quality. It's clear this festival truly does want the filmmakers to know just how much their films, stories, messages and hard work are appreciated. Bravo to the Believe Psychology Film Festival, Dr. Damond and all who are involved. Paul James and the 'From Under the Bridge: When Bullies Become Tolls' team.

    June 2022
  • Ed Greenberg

    An excellent festival from start to end. Well organised, with screenings, Q & As and networking events, from a festival team who demonstrated a clear passion for all of the works participating.
    Dr. Damond made every filmmaker feel welcome and the whole event provided important opportunities for filmmakers to gain exposure and new contacts and collaborators.
    Thank you for allowing The Renata Road to be a part of this important event and for awarding us Best Feature.

    June 2022
  • Barbara Multer-Wellin

    It was an honor to have our film “Orchestrating Change" included in the Believe Psychology Film Festival. We were so impressed by festival founder, Dr. Damond's, dedication to the important issue of mental health. Through stories like ours and others, we can hopefully, begin to erase mental health stigma.

    June 2022