Call To Action

The CAST Film Festival ‘Calls to Action’ youthgroups, schools and organisations to ‘Break the Mould’ and produce a film which sheds the light on a social issue indicating a possible solution to the identified issue.

We believe and have witnessed schools, youth groups and communities explore and change their areas through film. The CAST Film Festival provides a platform for these organisations and communities to showcase their creative and engaging work to their peers. The team at CAST believe that through the individual pieces of work that there is significant impact made to society both locally and in turn nationally.

During World Mental Health Week 2012, Clondalkin was treated to an event with a difference. On the 10th October 2012 the Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley was the venue used to host one of the most spectacular Film Festivals ever.

The CAST Film Festival showcased the work done by 25 different groups from Clondalkin, Ballyfermot and Lucan. Over 500 participants attended the evening and the festivities were made even more extravagant as everyone turned up in their finest suits and ball gowns. During the interval our guests were kept entertained by the Glee choir and the Band Factory from Clondalkin Youth Service. Entertainment was also supplied by the Collinstown Park Community College Gospel choir and the finest of footwork was displayed by two Irish dancers from Reelstyle.

Guest speakers on the evening included Rachel Collier CEO of Young Social Innovators, Joan Freeman CEO of Pieta House and the Nuala Smith from Headstrong. Local TDs Derek Keating, Joanna Tuffy and Robert Dowds presented trophies to three of the participating organisations.

The atmosphere was electric as the night ended with four films from a variety of organisations nominated for their ‘Significant Contribution to Mental Health’. These were Ballyfermot Youth Service ‘The Voice’, Ronanstown Youth Service ‘5 a Day to Mental Health’, Clondalkin Youth Service ‘Behind the Scenes’ and Clondalkin Addiction Support Programme ‘Help’. The overall recipient of the title ‘Significant Contribution’ was awarded to Ronanstown Youth Service.

CAST Film Festival 2016/17

We are delighted to announce that the CAST Film Festival 2016/17 will be supported by Young Social Innovators.   Young Social Innovators YSI believes that young people are a powerful and largely untapped force for change in their local communities and in wider society. Promoting and leading the way in education for social innovation in Ireland, Young Social Innovators encourages, motivates and creates new opportunities for young people to actively participate in the world around them. It seeks to engage young people wherever they are – in schools, communities, youth organizations, in families, in or out of work – and prepare them to fully take part in civic action whether through volunteerism, community service, service-learning, citizenship education, social entrepreneurship and innovation.

We are delighted to announce that CAST Film Festival 2016 is supported by the National Office for Suicide Prevention. NOSP are the lead sponsors of the CAST Film Festival Significant Impact Award. The NOSP have the following functions:

  • Oversee the implementation of ‘Reach Out’ the National Strategy for Action on Suicide Prevention
  • Co-ordinate suicide prevention efforts around the country
  • Speak regularly with agencies and individuals interested and active in suicide prevention

Here at CAST, we would like to welcome MyMind to our 2016 support programme.

MyMind Centre for Mental Wellbeing was founded in 2006 as a not-for-profit community based provider of accessible mental health care. We now have centres in Dublin, Cork and Limerick city, providing a wide range of clients with counselling and psychotherapy services.

MyMind charges our clients fees based upon their employment status, allowing the unemployed or full time students to access our services at reduced rates. The revenue generated from our full fee clients is reinvested into the organisation, enabling us to provide services that are affordable to all. It is easy for a client to self-refer to MyMind, appointments are usually made within 72 hours of a client contacting our office. MyMind can be contacted by phone on 076 680 1060, or through our website www.mymind.org

This year we welcome the return of FIT (Fastrack to Information Technology) as a sponsor of CAST Film Festival 2016. FIT is an industry-led initiative which works in close collaboration with government departments and national education and training agencies, local development organisations and a host of community based organisations. Their primary partners in education and training include Solas, ETBs, Third Level Institutions, Leargas, Leader Companies, Rapid Coordinators, Local Authorities and Employment Pacts.

The team at CAST Film Festival welcomes the return of Pieta House as a supporter of this wonderful initiative. Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of self-harm or suicide, opened in Lucan, Co Dublin, in January 2006. Since then, Pieta House also opened two outreach centres in Tallaght, Dublin 24, and Finglas, Dublin 11, as well as two centres of excellence in Ballyfermot, Dublin 10, and Limerick.

It gives us great pleasure to announce that the CAST Film Festival 2016 will be supported by Suicide or Survive.  SOS is a forward-thinking organisation that believes firmly in the power of change.  Collaboration is key to raising awareness of mental health issues and breaking down the stigma that exists in Ireland today. SOS are leading the way by actively engaging with key stakeholders such as the Health Service Executive, Government Departments, non-statutory agencies and carers to drive positive social change.

At CAST Film Festival we are deeply honoured to announce the Donal Walsh LiveLife Award. This award is supported by Fionnbar and Elma Walsh the parents of Donal Walsh. Donal leaves behind a very powerful message which is ‘Life is a Precious gift and Irreplaceable’. One of the entrants to the CAST Film Festival will be awarded this very special award this November. Follow @DonalLiveLife for updates on events and news.  #LiveLife

CAST welcomes the return of Mental Health Ireland as supporters of the CAST Film Festival. Mental Health Ireland is a national voluntary organisation which was established in 1966 as the Mental Health Association of Ireland. It is a company limited by guarantee with a voluntary Board of Directors representative of local Mental Health Associations and people with expertise in relevant areas. There are 103 local Mental Health Associations currently affiliated to Mental Health Ireland. While they are autonomous, they share the mission of MHI and participate in projects organised at national level. Local MHAs are active in assisting to meet the mental health needs of the population of their own areas. MHI is affiliated to the World Federation for Mental Health and to Mental Health Europe.