Celebrating the films of our Moving Minds project

14 Dec 2018

4 mins
Into Film CEO Paul Reeve at the Moving Minds screening
Into Film CEO Paul Reeve at the Moving Minds screening

In December 2017, Into Film was very honoured to be a chosen to take part in ICAP Charity Day, an annual, global fundraising initiative that has been raising millions for ICAP's chosen charities around the world for the past 26 years.

We were able to bring along a host of celebrity acting talent to the ICAP charity day to act as fundraisers and help us raise money, including Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy, Joely Richardson, Tom Davis, Morgana Robinson, and Kelsey Grammar.

With the money raised, we were able to fund an ambitious peer-to-peer youth mental wellbeing filmmaking project called Moving Minds, with the aim of creating a bank of films made by young people, for young people. We worked with 200 young people aged between 11-19, and with the help of professional filmmakers, they created 21 short films addressing the subject of mental health and wellbeing.

Almost exactly a year on, at the Regent Street Cinema in London - the UK's first ever cinema! - we proudly screened all the films in the Moving Minds project to ICAP, who were just as impressed and moved by the experience and the project's results as we were. Some of the many issues that the short films explored included anxiety, bullying, OCD and depression.

The screening event was a tremendous success and follows on from other Moving Minds premieres, where two of the films were shown for World Mental Health Day (10 October) as part of Thrive LDN Festival and with Luton Camhs. Three of the films were also screened before appropriate Into Film Festival titles from our Mental Wellbeing strand in November.

The Regents Street Cinema event was an amazing opportunity to showcase the complete range of films to a room full of the young people involved in making them, and to ICAP and Into Film staff. Celebrity host Tom Davis, who was on-hand to help us raise initial funds at the ICAP charity day, has personally supported the filmmaking project ever since. 

Davis hosted with Hope and Gilli, two of our young reporters,and the day allowed young people to present and celebrate their achievements and to discuss the important issues raised in the films.

Tom Davis with Into Film reporters Gilli and Hope
Tom Davis with Into Film reporters Gilli and Hope

Moving Minds was one of the many initiatives that Into Film has embarked on in 2018 to draw attention to mental health and wellbeing topics - others include our Future Storytellers Project, the Into Film-funded A Letter to my Younger Self film, activity at the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival and all of the work done by Into Film's Youth Mental Health Ambassador, Georgia Dodsworth. You can find even more mental health-related news articles, as well as film lists and educational resources, on our Mental Wellbeing page.

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