The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival is pleased to announce its Official Selection films for 2018. The titles listed below will screen at Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) from 11-13 May. View the screening programmes and book tickets using the links provided.
The award-winning titles from our International Film Competition will be honoured at the International Film Awards on the evening of Thursday 10 May. Tickets for this event, which will also reveal the winner of the Grand Jury Prize, can be booked here.
Per Sundström | Sweden | 2017 | 22m
A teenage vlogger battles with online harassment and bullying, as well as pervasive suicidal thoughts.
Short Drama Award Winner
Stephanie Zari | UK | 2017 | 25m
A naval officer returns to his childhood home in Liverpool and the scene of a traumatic incident from his youth.
below the neck, above the knees
Experimental Award Winner
Desiree Dawn Kapler | USA | 2017 | 12m
A filmmaker shares diaristic stories from her life, contemplating her community’s experiences with bodily trauma.
Rosie Westhoff | Australia | 2017 | 3m
Insomnia and unrelenting silence lurk in the depths of a young woman’s day-to-day reality.
Iain Robertson | UK | 2018 | 10m
Written by Donna Franceschild, Iain Robertson’s Glasgow-set debut film focuses on a chance encounter between two strangers.
Jake Earwaker | UK | 2017 | 7m
Through vivid puppetry, this short highlights the ways in which mental health can affect us all.
Bullying and Behaviour
Yasuhiro Tamura | Japan | 2017 | 6m
After being assaulted by a troop of bullies on rooftop, a teenage boy abruptly starts dancing.
But Honey, You Look Fine
Youth Perspective Award Winner
Jennifer Leonforte | Australia | 2017 | 10m
Short documentary about a young woman living with bulimia, which also examines the social conditioning that caused it to develop in the first place.
Sven Niemeyer | Germany | 2017 | 6m
Dance cinema portraying a suffering mother who is unable to feel love for her child.
Nicholas Connor | UK | 2017 | 38m
A teenager and her seven-year-old brother must rapidly adapt to the role of young carers when their mother suffers a devastating stroke.
Documentary Award Winner
Lise Zumwalt | USA | 2016 | 60m
A man living with schizophrenia comes into conflict with the healthcare system as he attempts to exercise control over his treatment.
Drama Award Winner
Giancarlo Sanchez | Netherlands | 2016 | 49m
A grieving teenager struggles to control her anger while preparing for a diving competition.
Fraser Pemberton | Australia | 2017 | 13m
A woman plagued by the memory of her mother’s suicide meets a cryptic stranger.
I Am Emmanuel
Genevieve Clay-Smith | Australia | 2014 | 20m
A 21-year-old Sudanese refugee struggles to leave the past behind despite starting a new life in Australia.
Matteo Born | Switzerland | 2018 | 56m
A documentarian follows his friend as she revisits Morocco and the scene of her trauma in an attempt to heal her psychological wounds.
Lou Bëth Xayma
Voices of Experience Award Winner
Piniang, Abdoulaye Armin Kane & Sébastien Demeffe | Belgium | 2015 | 14m
Using stop motion techniques, artists at a Senegalese psychiatric clinic explore their experiences with art therapy.
Sofia Auza | Canada | 2017 | 4m
A queer cinematic collaboration between Canadian spoken word artist Andrew Warner and Mexican writer-director Sofia Auza.
Maybe It’s Me
Animation Award Winner
Dimitris Simou | UK | 2017 | 6m
An animator reconstructs images from his past, revealing his love for his grandfather and the unreliability of memory.
Riding Through the Dark
Community Award Winner
Katrina Brown | UK | 2017 | 17m
Elite and non-elite cyclists tell of the demons they encounter as they ride through mental and physical darkness.
Short Documentary Award Winner
Daan Bol | Netherlands | 2016 | 24m
A young singer is supported through his depression by his two best friends – his bandmates.
Personal Narrative Award Winner
Dominique Murphy – de Neef | UK | 2017 | 9m
After a sexual assault, a young woman uses life modelling to re-examine her relationship with her body.
Richard Keaney | Ireland | 2017 | 18m
When a young man drops out of college to care for his agoraphobic mother, he finds himself insulated from the outside world.
Andy Kelleher | UK | 2017 | 84m
After receiving a rare diagnosis, a woman leaves the safety of her marriage for a man she barely knows.
The Silent Glow: Recovering the Present
Anja Krug-Metzinger | Germany | 2017 | 88m
Amidst rising concerns about young people’s mental health, this timely and insightful documentary reveals the impact that mindfulness training is having on children and teenagers in educational settings across Europe.
Tonic of the Sea
Jonathan J Scott | UK | 2017 | 8m
A mini-documentary about one woman’s experiences with mental health and sea swimming.
Trying to Find Me
Dominique Tipper | UK | 2017 | 5m
A woman dissects and shares her inner self in an attempt to navigate her way through depression.
Wei Kang Chou | France | 2017 | 21m
A teenager’s imaginary friend is not only a way of escaping from loneliness but a tool to revolt against others.
Up & Down
Malika Jmel | France | 2017 | 15m | Drama
A young woman living with bipolar struggles to cope when a group of youngsters arrive to play football in front of her building.
Andy Mark Simpson | UK | 2017 | 11m | Drama
Magical realist drama about a lonely 15-year-old girl who starts baptising children in the local river.
You Didn’t Forget
Simon Intihar | Slovenia | 2016 | 14m | Drama
An elderly woman’s day is turned upside down when she sets out to find her missing husband, who has been struggling with memory loss.