The film was made by local young people, aged from 11 to 24, to raise awareness of mental health. 25 young people were involved in every step of the project – from initial workshops, through to planning and shooting the film itself, editing and promotion. The film launched on World Mental Health Day and has over 12,000 views on YouTube.
One of the young people, Siobhan, told us how she felt on hearing the news:
“I am thrilled that so many people voted for our film and I hope that it has helped some people to reach out for the support they really need.”
This collaborative project for young people was supported by Healthwatch Dorset, Dorset Mental Health Forum, Dorset Mind, Dorset HealthCare NHS Trust, Poole Youth Forum and Bournemouth University.
Healthwatch Dorset Chair, Joyce Guest, said:
“We’re so proud to have been involved, the young people we worked with really deserve this award. Thanks to everyone who supported and voted for #LifeUnfiltered.”
The national Charity Film Awards were created to demonstrate that charitable videos can inspire, incite to action, excite and change behaviour. Films through to the shortlist will now be judged by a panel of expert judges who will vote independently and the winners will be announced at a red carpet award ceremony in London.
Simon Burton from the National Charity Film Awards explained:
“We are delighted to have brought so much attention to so many outstanding videos and such fantastic causes. To have been shortlisted is a great testament to the enthusiasm of your supporters and the effectiveness of your video.”