Students invited to Submit Short Films on Mental Health $1,000 in Prize Money Available  Singer Songwriter Grace Gaustad to host

Los Angeles – How much can be said about mental health in a five-minute film? Plenty!Today, many notable personalities are stepping forward to share struggles with issues that negatively impact their lives and their mental health. High school students are invited to join this important conversation by submitting films that highlight their perspectives on mental health.Capitalizing on the positive impact of the films screened at the inaugural event in 2021, the Friends of the Semel Institute issued a call for submissions to the 2022 Open Mind Film Festival scheduled for April 28. Last year’s films explored a range of topics including eating disorders, social isolation, substance use, child abuse, and suicidal thoughts. Awards were given to filmmakers from New York, Texas and California.The host for the festival is Grace Gaustad, the twenty-year old singer-songwriter and producer, who released her debut album, BLKBX in August 2021. Grace has appeared on CNN and The Today Show (among other places) to talk about her struggles with mental health. She hopes to use her voice to make a difference for teenagers.Among the judges will be Zach Gottlieb, founder of Talk With Zach, a Gen Z movement that hosts conversations to change the culture, inspire activism and make the world a better place.The deadline to submit a film is Friday, March 11. The competition is open to all U.S. high school students. For more about the Open Mind Film Festival visit:

We would like to thank The Friends of the Semel Institute for the press release.