The films are part of a project called #LifeUnfiltered, made by young people in Dorset to raise mental health awareness. #LifeUnfiltered was a 6-month collaboration between a group of 25 young people, supported by Healthwatch Dorset, Dorset Mental Health Forum, Dorset Mind, Dorset Healthcare NHS Trust, Poole Youth Forum and Bournemouth University.
The young people were involved in every step of the project – from initial workshops, through to interviewing film companies, planning and shooting the film itself, editing and promotion. The films were launched on World Mental Health Day and have over 12,000 views on YouTube so far.
The national Charity Film Awards were created to demonstrate that charitable videos can inspire, incite to action, excite and change behaviour. The films are judged in two phases, firstly by the public vote to determine a short list and secondly by a panel of expert judges who will vote independently to choose winners from the shortlist. The winners will be announced at a red carpet award ceremony in London.