AWI Short Film Competition

Mia’s Story

Mia (16) has been feeling low. She’s even been contemplating suicide. After an argument with her best friend Mia discovers she’s been suffering from depression and anxiety. She is referred to a specialist unit and starts to learn how to cope with her feelings. Help is out there.


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Director: Vicki Kisner

Vicki Kisner writes and directs short films, campaign films, social awareness films and is currently writing her first feature length script. Vicki’s short films have screened at various international film festivals including Raindance, Aesthetica, Durban International Film Festival and Zimbabwe International Film Festival to name just a few. Alongside her short films she has been commissioned to make a number of social awareness and campaign films for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. MIA’S STORY, written by Katey McDonagh, was made with the West London Mental Health Trust and was based on the testimony of young service users. The film screened at the London Short Film Festival, Mind Rights Film Festival in Portugal and at the Mental Health Channel’s Online Film Festival.

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Anxiety is the most common mental illness out there, and it takes a lot of different forms. Experiencing some level of anxiety is a normal...


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