The deadline for the HeadsUp Movie Awards has been extended, giving more aspiring filmmakers the opportunity to enter the competition and be in with a chance of winning €1,000.

The deadline has been extended to Friday, November 16, giving people an extra week to create a 60-second movie promoting positive mental health and uploading them to

There is a prize package of €1,000 cash up for grabs in each category (under 18s and 18-25).

Winners will also be in with a chance to work-shadow one of the judges – Emmy award-winning film director Dearbhla Walsh and animation expert Nicky Phelan, from Brown Bag Films, creators of the Oscar-nominated Give Up Yer Aul Sins.

The initiative is organised by HeadsUp, a youth mental health promotion project run by Rehab, in association with RTÉ Two’s Two Tube. Each shortlisted entry will be shown on RTÉ Two’s Two Tube, with the public voting online for their favourite entry. The winners will be announced in mid-December.

Collette Ryan, HeadsUp Project Manager, said: “We are looking for original, honest and engaging short films with a message that will help reduce stigma around mental health and encourage people to be resilient and to seek support if they need it. You can use anything from a camera phone to a HD camera so have a think about what ‘Let it Out’ means to you and start recording!”

For more information on the awards, to download the entry form and for full terms and conditions, log on to