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Current Submissions

The films on this page have been submitted this month to our competition. Next month, they will be viewed and scored by a panel of jurors. These films are not a part of AWI’s permanent collection. To view the films in our collection, please visit our OLIVE Film Collection page.

Current Competition Submissions for:
March 2022 Short Film Competition

01/1/2022 - 01/31/2022

HELP?
HELP?
'HELP?' It’s a family drama short film that tells the story of a teenage girl who’s suffering from anxiety, and mental issues due to her parents' abandonment until she contacts an anonymous helpline that she found in one of her magazines to help ...
I Am Winter
I Am Winter
I Am Winter is an autobiographical account of narcissistic abuse in a lesbian relationship, written and directed by Natascha Graham, Performed by Sophie Mensah. This film explores the physical and emotional effects of narcissistic abuse and aims t...
Speak
Speak
"Speak" is one of four short films featured in Nana Duffuor's debut work, Sprint. Incorporating original poetry by Nana Duffuor, "Speak" tells the story of a young woman's grief and healing process after surviving sexual assault.
Art Of Depression Black Dog
How Art Can Help Change One's Perception & Perspective Of Depression Once You Get Over The Initial Denial Period..
Anxiety
Anxiety
Point of view from a person who is struggling with anxiety. The movie was created as an assignment for Film 3 class at Saddleback College. We were not allowed to be in one place, so, we split the responsibilities and made this film together.
I Am Winter
I Am Winter
Exploring one of the most underrepresented and misunderstood mental health issues, I Am Winter seeks to give voice and representation to those who have experienced, or who are dealing with complex PTSD from narcissistic abuse within a romantic relati...
Unhinged
Unhinged
Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, I have found a lot of people becoming more aware of how much pressure they put on themselves to be perfect in our society. I created this film attempting to capture the feeling of repetition in everyday life and how...
A Sticky Need
A Sticky Need
This cinematic poetry short film features two characters representing Nature and Humankind. Humankind arrives suddenly wielding a machete, attacking Nature, but Nature will have the last word in this metaphoric representation of the slow-burning, exi...
Parachute
Parachute
A young woman struggles with her identity while at a party. Throughout the night, she becomes three different versions of herself, until finally, she is rejected for being too fake. There in the midst of a group of people having fun, she breaks down ...
Lying in bed staring at the ceiling fan
I wrote the poem “Lying in bed staring at the ceiling fan” in April 2020 during the first Covid 19 lockdown but as we can all still feel this pain even today…almost two years later with the Omicron variant - we all want this to be over. I thin...
You are not alone
You are not alone
A song written by my friend. Its about grief and being lost and finding comfort in others. You are not alone.
Mary Alice
Mary Alice
Homeless for 18 years, Mary Alice is bipolar and schizophrenic. She believes Jesus is calling her today, and she must prepare herself. She wants to be pretty when people find her dead body.
The Dance
The Dance
Paul Nichols is a Canadian Armed Forces veteran living with PTSD. Amigo has been mistreated and neglected in his past. As he enters Amigo's paddock, Paul begins a conversation with Amigo, a dance between two partners who both suffer from their pas...
We’ve created these invisible systems and structures
We've created invisible systems and structures includes the thoughts, words and visual ideas of over 30 Autistic and neurodivergent women, non-binary and trans people. In conversation with the filmmaker, the people involved discuss their special inte...
Mental Health is a Real Thing
A lonely young man uses Facebook Live to drastically demand the attention he looking for. After receiving no views, he loses all hope to live, but circumstances have something in store for him that he would have never expected. https://youtu.be/7G...
The Recommendation
The Recommendation
Kiersten Marek, publisher of Philanthropy Women and therapist, discusses an early life experience of sexual assault from a former college teacher and well-known writer.