Submit Your Film

Current contest deadline is 08/31/2022. The winner will be announced 10/01/2022.

The competition runs monthly, and all winners receive $1,000 USD!

Five minute films can change the world.
Submit yours today.


Open call to submit film projects, up to 5 minutes in in length, of any genre, using mental health as the point of interest. Film topics may either be interpretive of mental health, or address it directly. Film competition is ongoing, with a new competition each month. Submitted films will be accepted and reviewed alongside other films submitted that month. Art With Impact views short film as an important art form and springboard for young talent. As such, we do not place any formal restrictions on submissions, and will consider all genres and types of short films, including submissions utilizing original footage, shared footage, photo stills, music, essays, screenplays, original art work and more. There is no fee for submissions.

How to Submit

First upload your film to our vimeo channel.

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Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions must either be interpretive of mental health, or address it directly.
  • Submissions must be 5 minutes or less. Films longer than five (5) minutes will not be considered.
  • Submissions may not advertise any product, service, brand, or other commercial interest.
  • Submissions must be added to the Mental Health Short Film group on Vimeo and the URL for the video must be included in the Entry Form. Only submissions with complete entry forms (including Vimeo URL) will be considered.
  • If a submission is not in English, a translation or subtitles in English must be included.
  • Participants may submit only one version of a given project. However, any participant may submit more than one project, and up to three in a given month. A separate Entry Form must be completed for each submission.
  • There are no geographic limitations on entries — we accept short films made anywhere in the world.
  • Participants may submit the same film in different months up to three times, total.
  • Jurors who are also filmmakers may submit work, but only during months in which they are not serving as a juror for the competition.
  • Past winners are required to wait at least one year before re-submitting to the competition.
  • Filmmaker agrees that all submitted films may be used by Art With Impact for educational and outreach activities and the winning filmmaker will sign a license agreement to Art With Impact that will allow both AWI and and affiliated organizations in any relevant programming in perpetuity.
  • Filmmakers are responsible for securing any and all necessary licenses for any third party content, including footage, music, fonts, artwork, and any other asset used in film production.

Jurying Procedures

  • Films will be judged by six people taken from our advisory board, which comprises filmmakers, mental health professionals, and college students; and two people who facilitate our workshops.
  • To select the winner each month, jurors respond to the eight questions found in the contest FAQ.
  • In months when fewer than twelve (12) films are entered, the competition will be canceled and the submissions will automatically be entered in the following month’s competition.
  • Art With Impact reserves the right to not award a prize ($1,000 cash) in months when submissions do not meet the jury’s standards for both content and production value.