The University of San Agustin (USA) College of Health and Allied Medical Professions (CHAMP) students took a break from their daily routine as they showcased their creative minds in producing short films presented in the 1stMental Health Nursing Film Festival at the university’s FLD Room, March 27, 2018.
A total of 14 different short films were produced by third and fourth year students as part of their final requirement in one of their subjects. The film festival aims to increase awareness and understanding of various maladaptive behaviors with particular emphasis given to the different disorders. All short films tackled about schizophrenia, personality disorders, major depression disorders, manic disorders, bipolar, substance abuse, and child abuse.
The activity also served as venue for the students to showcase their creativity and ingenuity. It also showed concrete understanding of the different maladaptive mental behaviors and showed its impact to the patient, family, and community as well.
In addition, Pagbangon, a story of a fat girl who got motivated and became fit and slim after a heartbreak from college crush, won the grand prize worth P5,000. Portrayed by Bernadette Dalipe, the film also captured several awards –Best in Editing, Best in Screenplay, Best Picture, and Best Actress.
Paradox, a story which tackled personality disorders, bagged the second place and took home P3,000 cash prize. Third placer Haligingtahananshowed how a father struggled and used illegal vices after he was removed from work, but stand up for the sake of his family. They received P2,000 cash prize.
Meanwhile, according to their instructor Dr. Chris Sorongon, he was very amazed after watching all the short films. “The screenplays are awesome and I did not expect that they can produce high quality films, given that they are not mass communication students. With the success and good turnout of the film fest, we are looking forward for a bigger competition involving all nursing students of the university,” he added.