Winners Announced from San Mateo and Riverside Counties

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As COVID-19 continues to affect our lives, it remains important that we physically distance by staying at least six feet away from people we don’t share a household with. Students across California used their creativity to showcase how people can measure this six-foot distance, explain why it is important to keep distance and wear face coverings, and how we can still stay connected.

The Directing Change Program & Film Contest announces the October winners of the Hope and Justice category along with winners of the monthly prompt “Creative Ways to Measure 6 Feet Physical Distancing.”

Hope submissions highlight a film, song, narrative, or art that inspires others to find their own way to get through tough times. Justice submissions focus on personal experiences with discrimination and projects that encourage others to take a stand against social injustices. The category includes an additional cash award incentive that can be used to support a community action project that the winner creates.

The top winners for ‘Hope and Justice’ and the October monthly prompt were announced in mid-November:

Hope and Justice:

Ryan Kang and Keunho Kim from Burlingame High School in San Mateo County won for their film “Quarantined Hope.”

Monthly prompt:

Kylee Maszczack and Jaime Reveles from Nuview Bridge Early College High School in Riverside County won for their film “Creative Social Distancing.”

To see winners and honorable mentions in each category, visit the Directing Change website. Art submissions can be viewed on the Directing Change Facebook page.

Each month, Hope and Justice category submissions and monthly prompt submissions will be due at midnight of the last day of the month. Any art form suitable for sharing via social media will be accepted: original music, dance, spoken word, art, poetry, a speech, Tik Tok and more. November submissions are due on November 30th, and the prompt is: “My Reasons for Wearing a Face Covering.” To participate and submit entries, please visit the Directing Change website.

About the Directing Change Program & Film Contest

As part of Each Mind Matters, California’s Mental Health Movement, The Directing Change Program & Film Contest engages students and young people throughout California to learn about the topics of suicide prevention and mental health by creating short films that are used to support awareness, education and advocacy efforts on these topics. The program is one of many initiatives that are part of Each Mind Matters’ comprehensive statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students.


Allie Delehant 916-446-9900

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