Small London-based theatre company Shadow Road Productions founded the UNBROKEN Mental Health Awareness Festival in 2016 with the main aim of increasing awareness of the issues, reducing the stigma surrounding them by opening up the conversation, and confounding expectations as to what a production about 'mental health' might involve!

In 2017 we launched the UNBROKEN Short Film Prize, so that we could encourage the exploration of the vital issue of mental health via yet another art form. The range and quality of entries we received was very exciting and has continued to grow since then. We are delighted that 2020 will be our third year holding this prize.

We hope that a number of film makers - young & not so young, first timers & old hands, those with experience of the issues & those with an interest - will once again feel inspired by the subject matter and the freedom they have to explore it.

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Due to the current pandemic the 2020 UNBROKEN Short Film festival will take place digitally, with audiences being able to view the selected shortlist online from 2nd -10th October and vote for their favourite! We are looking forward to opening our festival to an international audience to watch and enjoy.

The winning film will receive £100 and the runner up will receive £50. A £25 Audience's Choice prize will also be awarded - audience members will be able to watch the shortlisted films and vote for their favourite. These awards and prizes will be announced on 10th October - World Mental Health Day .

The short film has to be concerned in some way with mental health.
Duration: Under 10 minutes.

Terms and Conditions:

1) We reserve the right to disqualify any competition entries that we deem to be derogatory, unjustifiably disrespectful or offensive, or in any other way inappropriate for inclusion in the festival.

2) By entering this competition you are giving us permission to screen your film as part of the UNBROKEN mental health awareness festival in October 2020. You are also agreeing to take part in certain activities to publicise the UNBROKEN festival and film awards or to complement the screening itself. These may include but are not limited to providing us with a photo and a biography for the website &/or programme, taking part in an interview or Q&A, and writing a guest blog post. Such material as is generated this year may also be used in following years as part of the publicity for future UNBROKEN festivals and Short Film Prizes.

3) The judges' decision is final. We will not enter into any discussion regarding either the decision made to shortlist (or not) any particular film, or the choice of Winner and Runner Up.

4) In the event of a tie for the Audience's Choice award, the Festival Director - or, in their absence, their chosen representative - will have the casting vote and their decision will be final.

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  • Annette Westwood

    Truly inspiring, supportive & wonderful festival! An extraordinary selection of powerful, brave and moving films & such a friendly and incredible team. Highly recommend!!

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Many thanks for your wonderful words, Annette - they mean a great deal to us! We're so glad you enjoyed taking part and we have been delighted to see your film doing so well since then - congratulations! :-D

  • Ray Jacobs

    It was a real pleasure sharing my film at this festival, located in a friendly arts centre in park surrounding in London. A great selection of films exploring mental health were projected, everyone was very friendly and it was great hearing filmmakers own stories about their works, Thank You, Unbroken film fest !

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank YOU, Ray - both for your extremely kind words, which are much appreciated, and for sharing your fantastic film with us! Hope all is well and that we might see you at this year's festival. :-)

  • Veronica Padilla

    Thank you for hosting!! I wish I could have made it out. :)

    September 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for submitting your lovely film, Veronica - it was extremely well received. :-) We wish you could have joined us, too - maybe next time, though? ;-)

  • Robert Oliver

    Great festival to attend! I really hope it gets bigger each year as its important for mental health issues to receive more publicity and for the organisers to receive more recognition they really deserve it. Privilege to have been screened here!

    September 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to review the festival, Robert - and for saying such lovely things when you did! :-D It's really kind of you and we greatly appreciate it. It was an absolute pleasure to screen your film and great to hear what you had to say about it afterwards in the interview with Claire. We're so glad that you chose to submit Balloon to UNBROKEN this year and we wish you all the very best with any other festivals you enter. :-)

  • gerard mckenzie

    Really nice festival. I can only see this festival getting bigger and bigger each year. Hopefully, it will never lose that imitate feeling it projects.

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Gerard, thank you very much for taking the time to review the UNBROKEN Short Film Prize 2017 - we really appreciate it, especially as you were our first ever reviewer! Like you, we hope that our little festival will always be an intimate place where filmmakers feel they are among friends from beginning to end, even if it does continue to grow over the years. It's hard to believe we've already completed our second year - we'd love to hear how you've been getting on with On The Spectrum since 2017! :-)