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.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 UNBROKEN Short Film festival took place digitally, with audiences being able to view the selected shortlist online and vote for their favourite! Opening up this festival so more people could see the final shortlisted films was a huge success, with over 1,000 people watching and voting for their favourite.
The festival has since continued with this digital element - hopefully with an in person event for people to attend as well and watch the chosen films all together, but this will be dependent on how the pandemic unfolds.
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.
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 2023. 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.