The Videoblogs Dialogue

A contest to continue the conversation

Check out our launch video to learn more about the film, The Videoblogs, AND the contest, The Videoblogs Dialogue!

The Videoblogs Dialogue is a user-generated video contest, in which participants submit their own videoblogs (3 min or less), pertaining to themes of mental health and/or personal struggle. There are two ways to enter. Participants aged 18-24 are eligible to win a $2,000 Cash Prize and Mentorship package, to be put towards the creation of their own short film on mental health. But anyone, (age 18 and up) can enter for the chance to have their videoblog included in the closing credits of The Videoblogs.

We're running this contest as a way to contribute to a greater dialogue about mental health in America, and to encourage tomorrow's artists, filmmakers and performers to bravely engage with what have classically been labeled as difficult subjects (depression, anxiety, trauma) with an ultimate focus on hope.

Created and sponsored by the producers of the upcoming feature film, The Videoblogs, along with official partner Project UROK, and with additional prizes offered from co-sponsors Seed&Spark,  Big Vision Empty Wallet, and 4MileCircus the contest will provide winners (age 18-24 only*) with:

$2,000 grant, to kickstart the funding of their own short film about mental health

Mentorships to help guide them through the creation and distribution of said film

*Entrants older than age 24 may also submit, for the chance to have their entry included in the credits for The Videoblogs on a special DVD version of the film

The Jury for the The Videoblogs Dialogue includes Comedian Paul Gilmartin (Host, The Mental Illness Happy Hour), Writer/Performer Grace Parra (The Nightly Show), Tomorrow Daily Host and CNET Senior Editor Ashely Esqueda, and renowned Acting Teacher Alice Spivak. Read more about this talented crew on our Jury page.



Submissions Open: 1/27 @ 12PM EST

Submissions Close: 6/20 @ 11:59PM EST

10 Finalists Announced: 6/23*

Winners Announced: 7/7*

*Number of views will help the jury make their final recommendations, so once your video is approved and on our site, be sure to share! Just don't try to game the system. That's not what this is all about :-)


$2,000 from Team #VideoblogsFilm, to be put towards the creation of a short film about mental health

Mentorship from #VideoblogsFilm Producers Michael DiBiasio and Rebecca De Ornelas, throughout the entire process of creating your film

A 1-hour personal consultation with Seed&Spark’s crowdfunding expert and a 1-hour personal consultation with their distribution expert, provided the winner crowdfunds on Seed&Spark’s platform

A 1-hour phone consultation from Big Vision Empty Wallet

A social media audit from 4MileCircus


  1. Submissions must not exceed 3 minutes or they will not be viewed. 

  2. Videoblogs can be fiction or non-fiction. They can be shot on a professional camera, phone camera, laptop...whatever! You do not need to be a professional filmmaker or performer to submit. All you need is a great, authentic story and a passion to contribute to a greater dialogue on mental health! 

  3. Videoblogs must show one character (and only one) dealing with a difficult topic. Check out our sample videos below to see what what we mean. However, you are welcome to submit as a team, i.e. one writer, one director, and one featured actor. In the event that a team wins the contest, the entire team will receive the prize package. 

  4. Videoblogs must be uploaded to YouTube only. Send us a public link, via the form here, along with any social media handles you are willing to be linked to (when your videoblog is approved)

  5. Entrants must be age 18-24 to be considered for prize, and/or 18 + up to be considered for film’s credits 

Think you want to make a movie or be in the credit’s of our movie? Then submit via our form!

Some Samples to Get You Started:

In our first Videoblog Monologue, recently widowed Madison stresses over a rapidly approaching online date. The video was written by April Austin. It stars NYC actor Mary Palermo, and was directed by our own Rebecca De Ornelas and recorded by Videoblogs Associate Producer Alex Hollock.

In our second Videoblog Monologue, college student Billy comes to terms with the state of depression he has been facing. The video features Bobby Brower. Many thanks to Robert Dillon for submitting this script, to Rebecca DeOrnelas for directing, and to Alex Hollock for shooting.

In our third Videoblogs Monologue, soldier Stone confesses to the difficulties of coming home from war. The video features Kari Nicolle. It was written by Asmara Bhattacharya, directed by Rebecca De Ornelas, and recorded by Liam Billingham.

In our 4th Videoblog Monologue, Ramona voices her dreams and struggles with the doubt that she carries. The video features Shyko Amos. It was written by Kim Chinh, directed by Rebeccca De Ornelas, and recorded by Alex Hollock.