If You Ask Me (IYAM) is a free program that supports emerging filmmakers with mental health and/or addiction experiences to develop a short film in the company of like-minded peers in a supportive environment. Over the summer, a small group of filmmakers will be selected to engage in workshops led by industry professionals and receive mentorship from IYAM alumni. Workshop topics include: developing a script, production, directing, editing, sound, distribution, and film festivals. Filmmakers will have an opportunity to screen their work at the 29th Annual Rendezvous with Madness Festival currently set to run October 28- November 7, 2021.

Helena Morgane will facilitate this year’s program alongside mentors Malaika Athar, Hanna Donato, Samyuktha Movva, and Shubhi Sahni.

IYAM will run virtually for a second year! Filmmakers are expected to take a self-directed approach to creating their own films and will receive support and strategies throughout the program. All genre of film are welcome, such as documentary, experimental, fiction, and animation; all devices for filmmaking are welcome, whether it is phone, tablet, or any variety of camera!

The submission form for IYAM 2021 can be found here.