12 March 2019

Talented young Luton CAMHS filmmakers enjoyed a glittering Oscars-style red carpet event after reaching the final of the national Into Film Awards 2019 for their film on the theme of mental health. 

Into Film, a national education charity, in partnership with ICAP, financed 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.

Celebrity sponsors of the charity include David Walliams, Eddie Redmayne, Andy Serkis, Edith Bowman and Bill Nighy, and all were in attendance on the day. Our young film-makers even got the red carpet treatment themselves.

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 at the 2019 Into Film Awards.

The young team from Luton put the short drama together from beginning to end themselves, starting with conceptualising the initial idea, developing the storyboard and then all the way through to filming, editing and working in front of the camera. 

The film gets across how poor mental health can affect anyone - no matter what age, ethnicity, gender or background someone has, and powerfully puts across the message that it is important to ask for help and not to ‘hide behind the mask.'

Niki Scott, Service User Participation Lead for CAMHS Bedfordshire & Luton said: ‘The young team felt a real high as their skills, creativity and dedication were put up on the big screen for all to see.  It was an incredible experience for everyone involved to be part of this, the young people themselves as well as for the CAMHS staff who know them.

‘With  confidence, hard learnt new skills and raised self-esteem, they left with heads held high at their accomplishments and the acknowledgement of the message their film conveyed - not to mention getting some goody bags and tons of film memorabilia from the event as well!’ 

The film Behind The Mask can be viewed here.