For more films from the only Georgia-focused film festival go to the 2017 Cause + Effect Progressive Film Festival website.

The 2016 Cause + Effect Progressive Film Festival grand prize winning film ($1,000) “Escaping the Darkness” takes on teen depression.

“Escaping the Darkness” was directed by Bianca Oliveri and Natalie Ripps, two 8th grade students at Clarke Middle School in Athens. Their film challenges the stereotypes surrounding teenage depression and also offers ways to help someone recognize and deal with depression.

As stated in “Escaping the Darkness,” 20 percent of teens will experience depression before they reach adulthood. Depression also increases a teen’s risk for attempting suicide by 12 times30 percent of teens with depression also develop a substance abuse problem. Because of these risks, depression can have long-lasting affects on teens lives and needs to be taken seriously.

To see more powerful films about issues in Georgia, check out the other seven finalist films from the 2016 Cause + Effect Progressive Film Festival.

If you or a filmmaker friend is interested in submitting a 2-15 minute film about poverty, environmental issues, homelessness, or any other Georgia issue, the entry period for Cause + Effect 2017 opens August 15th.  Grand prize is $1,000, second prize is $500, and third prize is $100. All finalist and winners films will be screened at Cine in Athens in November 2017.

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