07 February 2019

A powerful film produced by Luton CAMHS service users has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

Their Behind the Mask project is among the final three nominees for the ICAP Charity Day Award as part of the 2019 Into Film Awards.

Their film follows a day in the life of Taylor, a young adolescent who suffers from mental health issues.

Using a mask to conceal her inner emotions, we see her journey through a day of experiences that trigger her social anxiety, eventually leading to her breaking down to her parents and wishing to seek professional help.

Into Film was one of the fortunate charities chosen for ICAP Charity Day 2017, and with the funds raised that day - with the help of celebrity supporters including Bill Nighy, Gemma Arterton and Ronan Keating – it was able to finance The Moving Minds Filmmaking Project, a peer-to-peer filmmaking programme of short films made in response to the growing number of young people experiencing mental health challenges.

The project gave 200 young people aged 11-19 across London and the South East the chance to work with professional filmmakers to devise and create their own short films, giving them a voice on an aspect of mental wellbeing that they thought was significant.

Of the 19 films created on the Moving Minds project, three have been nominated for the special ICAP Charity Day Award, including Behind the Mask.

The winner will be announced at an Oscars-style red carpet event at Odeon Leicester Square on March 4, 2019.

Into Film is a British educational charity that runs film-based programmes for children aged five to nineteen.