Our selection criteria are broad. MHC will choose as Official Selections films that:
- are related to mental health, illness or wellness in some way
- offer a meaningful viewing experience to our audience
- demonstrate good filmmaking skills and high production value
There is no maximum or minimum number of films that we will select.
All Official Selections will be recognized by MHC through our web, newsletter and social media presence to potentially millions of viewers. They will then be webcast from December 1, 2016 (the festival start date) through November 1, 2017 (when the next festival begins).
New since last year, the festival now offers 1st through 3rd place awards, with a higher grand prize. 1st place will receive $1000, 2nd place $500 and 3rd place $250.
MHC staff and jurors will choose the award winners from Official Selections. Award-winning films will remain online for 3 years, and recognized as the 2016 Award Winners.
The MHC OFF reserves the right not to award any or all of these awards if we do not receive submissions of sufficient storytelling or production merit.
For more information, please view the Festival Rules.