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Like Minds Wellington Film Comp encourages people to ‘be there and stay involved with people experiencing mental illness’

Submitted by on July 26, 2012 – 1:17 pm

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Be There and Stay Involved!

Buoyant from the success of last year’s competition, Kites Trust is doing it all over again and holding the Like Minds Wellington Film Competition 2012.  Like Minds, Like Mine is a national, publicly funded programme aimed at reducing the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness.  Kites Trust and Te Roopu Pookai Taaniwhaniwha are hosting the competition.  Both organisations deliver the Like Minds anti-stigma message locally in the Wellington and Porirua region and see the short film competition as a way to meet a new audience.


The competition is open for short films from 30 seconds to 2 minutes long exploring the theme ‘Be there.  Stay involved with people experiencing mental illness.’  Entries are due in Monday 27th August 2012.


There are some great prizes including vouchers, a behind the scenes tour of Park Road Post, gift baskets and signed memorabilia from Weta Workshop.  There is a Te Reo Māori and a general category. The Te Reo category is new this year and has developed out of the partnership with Te Roopu Pookai Taaniwhaniwha, who will be judging that section.


‘Making a short film is really fun’ says Ruth Jackson, Like Minds coordinator at Kites Trust, ‘and in this case the films will spread the word on how to be there for friends and family who experience mental illness’


Ruth adds ‘We were blown away by the quality of last year’s entries and can’t wait to see what this year’s entrants come up with.’


One in five New Zealanders will experience a mental illness this year.  One in two New Zealanders will experience a mental illness in their lifetime so this is something that is all around us.  The acceptance and support from friends and family can make a big difference to recovery from mental illness.

For more information visit www.kites.org.nz . More information on the Like Minds programme can be found at www.likeminds.org.nz.  People can txt their email address to 021 0711 306 for an entry form or email likemindswgtn@gmail.com


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