Mental health matters and we NEED YOU!

UNICEF and the British Council are announcing a call for entries for a short film competition on the theme of “Mental Health Matters”

UNICEF Nepal and British Council Nepal
10 October 2020
This image shows a poster of the Mental Health Matters Youth Film Grants 2020

#MentalHealthMatters and we NEED YOU!

Being a young person is already difficult no matter what, and the pandemic has made things even harder. With school closures and cancelled events, young people around the world are missing out on some of the biggest moments of their lives — as well as everyday moments like chatting with friends and participating in class.

However, for young people already struggling with mental health issues, these challenges are heightened. COVID-19 and its restrictions – together with ongoing stigma and taboo surrounding mental health – might have pushed them further into silence and away from needed help. Half of lifetime mental health disorders start before age 14, and early detection and treatment could prevent mental distress from reaching a crisis point, but most children in Nepal with mental health conditions suffer without any professional help.

These are tough times, but we need to remember that we are all connected by this crisis. How are we adapting to the challenges and stresses of this new reality? How can we offer love, support – and a voice – to those struggling to speak up about their distress?

UNICEF and the British Council are announcing a call for entries for a short film competition on the theme of “Mental Health Matters”. 

Aspiring young Nepali filmmakers under 24 years of age are required to submit their ideas for a short film – whether based on real events or fictional – on the given theme, together with two previous work samples. Three selected applicants will receive grants worth Rs. 50,000 each and mentorship support to make their films at home - following social distancing rules and other safety measures.

Applications close on 31 October 2020.


Eligibility criteria:

- Applicants must be 24 years of age or under

- If under 18 years of age, applicants must seek consent from parents/guardians to participate (email to find out more)

- Applicant must complete this form in full


Frequently asked questions:

Who can take part?
Any Nepali children and youths currently residing in Nepal, who was born on or after 10 October 1996.

How do I submit?
Fill out the details requested in the form below, including your film idea, and email us some files or links of two previous work samples at If any required elements are missing, the submission will be disqualified.

When is the deadline?
The deadline for application is 11:59 PM Nepal Time, 31 October 2020

How many film ideas can I submit?
You can submit only one film idea per person.

What should be the language of the film?
We accept submissions for the films to be produced in Nepali, Maithili and English. Ideas can be submitted in English or Nepali.

When will the three winning ideas be announced?
The winners will be announced on World Children’s Day on 20 November 2020.

What kind of film ideas can we submit?
You can submit anything from a documentary to a fictional story – even using puppets, if you want. Please remember, however, that in the context of COVID-19, the film should be set within your home/residence and should only involve those living in the home itself.

What is the length of the films we will be writing ideas for?
Between 2 to 5 minutes

Can I find out how my submission is doing?
No. Please do not call or email us asking for updates on your film. We will get in touch with you only if you are selected.

If you have any questions that are not answered here please email us at We are unable to address inquiries via phone.